LEWIS, Robert Stanley

1874 - 1960

Robert Stanley Lewis

Born at Plympton, Devon on 7 July 1874, eldest child of Robert Lewis, a Baptist minister, and his wife Anna Louisa née Davey, who married at Plymouth in 1873. In 1881, a 6 year old living at 135 Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale with his parents, 38 year old Robert and 32 year old Anna, with his three siblings, Lilian 4, Arnold 2 and newly born Kenneth, all born at Rochdale. In 1891, a 16 year old machine maker's apprentice living with his parents now at 12 Croxteth Grove, Toxteth Park, Lancashire and after finishing his apprenticeship he came to Ipswich where he took lodgings at Wolsey House, Wolsey Street. He married at Ipswich in 1904, Edith May Moss (1884-1943) and in 1911 a 36 year old engineer's draughtsman living at 126 Constable Road, Ipswich with his 27 year old wife Edith. In 1939 living at 3 Stradbroke Road, Ipswich and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1946-1959 and a painter in oils, he exhibited from 31 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich in 1951 'Discovery, from the Dome of St Paul's', in 1952 'Tooltopia', in 1953 'This is London', in 1954 'The Microbe Hunters' and 'The Little Museum', in 1955 'The Spillway' in 1956 'The Lily Pond', in 1958 'The Splash, Kersey' and his last in 1959 'Look Pleasant Please' and a plastic figure 'Paradox'. Known as 'Bob' Lewis and worked for Ipswich engineers Ransomes & Rapier for over fifty years, being Chief Engineer 1930-1940 and then a director of the company until 1950 and as R. Stanley Lewis was the author of the company history 'Eighty Years of Enterprise 1869-1949' and during his time with Ransome's was an innovator, his inventions included what was then believed to be the world's smallest electric motor, no larger than 2 cubic millimetres. He married secondly in the Deben district of Suffolk in 1954, Edna W. Hales and died at Ipswich in 1960, aged 85.




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