Lloyd Bradford Lewis, 84, the creator and owner of the world-famous M.R. Ducks on Talbot Street in Ocean City, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.
Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Viola Bradford Lewis and John Mitchell Lewis.
He graduated from Buckingham High School in Berlin and the University of Maryland in 1959. He earned a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at bases all over the nation and the world.
He trained to fly single-engine jets and also flew the multi-engine heavy transport C124.
He flew missions all over the world in the C124 transport -- most notable was when he was stationed in New Zealand and flew supplies to Antarctica. After six years of active service, he left active status as a Captain and served in the Reserves.
He settled in Ocean City and began a real estate career with John Rolf Resort Realty. Subsequently, he became partners with Gordon Harrington, developing condominiums in Ocean City. He and Terry Hough opened Coastal Realty in Ocean City and developed condominiums.
In 1971, he purchased property at Talbot Street and the bayside and eventually opened the M.R. Ducks Bar and Grill in 1982. Several M.R. Ducks clothing stores followed.
He was a founding member of Worcester Preparatory School and served on the boards of Home Bank in Newark and the Planning and Zoning Board of Ocean City. He was a member of the Ocean City Downtown Association, the Ocean City Marlin Club, Ocean City Lions Club and Ocean City Development Corp.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gail Turner Lewis of Ocean City; sons, John Carl Lewis and Stephen Turner Lewis, both of Ocean City; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A viewing will be held Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Atlantic Methodist Church in Ocean City.