‘On the Buses’ star Stephen Lewis Breathes his Last at 88
Stephen Lewis, who played Blakey on the famous 1970s sitcom On the Buses, has died in London aged 88. According to his family, the actor died in a nursing home in Wanstead, east London, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. His other credits included The Last of the Summer Wine, The Krays, Personal Services and London’s Burning.
Stephen nephew, Peter Lewis, said that he had awesome arthritis in one knee which really badly affected him, & many years ago he had prostate cancer – & whether that had come back we do not know.
Rashid Ibrahim Khan, the manager of Cambridge Nursing Home, said that he was still quite funny. He still had his sense of the humour, very much so, like he was on ‘On the Buses’. He had the sense of humour until the last.
Lewis also composed a twelve of episodes of ‘On the Buses’, which was popular for its saucy humour. Lewis played Smiler Hemingway on the long-running BBC sitcom Last of Summer Wine for 17 years before ill health forced the actor to retire in 2007.
Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp wrote on Twitter: “RIP Stephen Lewis … So pleased we worked together on The Krays. My thoughts are with your family and friends!” A family member said Mr Lewis was “in high spirits” to the end.