*In Memory*

Lewis Tuma

Lewis Tuma

Lewis J. Tuma, age 73 of Corning, NY passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital with his family by his side.

Born on February 3, 1947 in Corning, NY, he was the son of the late Jaroslav and Mary (Kapral) Tuma. Lewis was a graduate of Corning East High School, class of 1965. He married Lois DeLap on May 13, 1967. He worked as a mailman for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 2002 after 33 years of service.

Lewis attended the Corning First Baptist Church and was a member of American Legion Post 1612 of Big Flats, a lifetime member of the Corning VFW, Post 524, and a lifetime member of the Czechoslovak Society of America, Empire Lodge 448. Lewis was affectionately referred to as the "Mayor of Market Street" by many local business owners.Since his retirement, Lewis enjoyed traveling throughout the states with Lois, fishing, spending time with his family and going to various casinos. Lewis adored his grandson. He taught him how to fish and would spend many hours working on wood projects together.

Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Lois Tuma of Corning, NY; son, Scott (Sandra) Tuma of Painted Post, NY; grandson, Johnathan Tuma of Painted Post, NY; sister, Christina Tuma of FL, twin sister, Lucille (Richard) Clawson of Valois, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Walter (Elaine) DeLap of FL; nieces: Suzanne Blanchard, Mary Beth Peigler and Rebecca Carpenter; nephews: Walter DeLap, II and Zach DeLap.

In addition to his parents, Lewis was predeceased by his father and mother-in-law, Walter and Mary (McCollumn) DeLap; and sister-in-law, Peggy Ann DeLap.

A private graveside service will take place at the convenience of the family. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning has been entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lewis’s name may be sent to: Corning First Baptist Church, 110 E. First St., Corning, NY 14830.

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05/26/20 03:26 PM #3    

Joseph N. Ruocco

So sad to hear of the passing of my good friend. Rest in peace.🙏

05/26/20 06:18 PM #4    

Daniel Gehl

So sad but also glad your not in pain anymore, God Bless ole buddy.

05/27/20 11:12 AM #5    

Robert Perry

So sorry to hear of Lew's passing.One of the truly great guys we both knew. I don't think anyone who ever worked on Market St or knew him will be able to walk that street without thinking about him. He always had a smile for everyone. Rest in peace my friend.   Our prayers go out to his family.as know he will be missed by all of them.

05/27/20 04:45 PM #6    

Ronald E. Allison


My words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after learning of Lou's passing.

He was called the Mayor of Market St.for a reason. He knew all the merchants. He will be missed.

RIP Old Friend



05/28/20 07:56 AM #7    

Linda Fratarcangelo (Laudenslager)

I was so sorry to read of Lewis' passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this most sorrowful time. One thing I will always remember about Lewis was his friendly smile...never without it! RIP Lewis and may the angels carry you on their wings to Heaven.

05/28/20 01:55 PM #8    

Margaret A. Twist (Clark)

So sorry to hear of the loss of one of my childhood friend. He was always smiling and I never heard him say anything bad about anyone.

05/29/20 08:29 AM #9    

Alice McCARTHY (Abawi)

He was a sweeetie.  Always had a smile for everyone.

05/29/20 11:24 AM #10    

Joseph Giardina

My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. Very sorry to see you go.

05/29/20 03:48 PM #11    

Gilbert T. Cushing

Lew was always professional.  A true Mayor of Market Street.  We will miss him. Rest In Peace.

06/06/20 06:25 AM #12    

Harold Rose

miss you my friend , Linda and my prayers are with the family

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