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Lewis Rowady

July 13, 1922 December 12, 2010
Lewis Rowady
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Obituary for Lewis Rowady

Lewis Rowady of Grosse Pointe, died December 12, 2010, in Bloomfield Hills. He was 88 years old. Lewis was born July 13, 1922, to Rose (nee Jabbour) and Alexander Rowady.

Lewis, also known as Lew or Louie by his fiends grew up in Winchester, Kentucky and was the third of seven brothers and sisters. The Rowady family embodied the American dream of Lebanese immigrants, who through love of country, hard work, education and love of family overcame the many social and economic obstacles in their path. The Rowady family suffered through the Great Depression when Lewis was 8 and Lewis suffered the loss of his father in his early teens. His family lived in a modest apartment above a grocery store which his mother Rose operated with the help of her children. Rose was a special woman and pushed her children to attend college. Despite their many obstacles each of her 7 children attended the University of Kentucky.

After college, Lewis found his way to Detroit and eventually became a securities broker, a profession he loved and practiced 6 days a week until January of this year when a stroke robbed him of the opportunity to continue the profession he loved. At the end he was an executive of Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Lewis had formed and presided over significant local brokerage firms including Davis, Rowady and Nichols and Financial House Incorporated. Lewis studied the market with great diligence and his home was littered with news from what at that time were called ticker tapes. When local radio stations needed information regarding the stock market, Lewis was frequently called for his opinion.

There was only one thing Lewis loved more than his profession and that was his family. In February of this year Lewis celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife Henrietta. His favorite days were those when he was surrounded by family. While he loved all of his family, Lewis held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, Michael and Andrea. Lewis�s face would light up when he received one of his daily calls from Michael who is disabled and the 2 of them would launch into a conversation filled with love and laughter.

Beyond his family, Lewis had many friends and when circumstances dictated, he helped those that required help in their time of need. He never turned his back on a request for help. His legacies are that you must put love of family at the center of your life but have compassion for the underdog and help your neighbor. He leaves behind a significant void but has taught us life lessons that will help us endure his loss and allow us to conduct ourselves with the virtues and character that he represented.

A Funeral Service will take place at St. George Orthodox Church, 2160 E. Maple Road (just east of John R), Troy, Wednesday 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am.

Memorials may be made to St. George Orthodox Church.


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