Statement from Sen. Rick Scott on the Passing of Lewis Bear Jr.

March 3, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the passing of Lewis Bear Jr.


Senator Rick Scott said, “It is difficult to think of a piece of the Pensacola community that has not benefited from the hard work and incredible generosity of Lewis and his family. Lewis understood the power of hard work. Along with his work to secure big economic development wins in and around Pensacola, Lewis grew The Lewis Bear Company, the oldest privately-held business in our state, to also be one of the largest. His legacy as a businessman and job creator is rivaled only by his commitment to philanthropy. Through his own kindness, and the great work of the Bear Family Foundation, Lewis, his wife, Belle, and their family have left a lasting positive impact on Northwest Florida and ensured that this wonderful corner of our state is a place of opportunity and growing stronger with each new day. Ann and I join the Pensacola community in praying for Belle, their children, Lewis, Cindi and David, and all who knew and loved him. We are heartbroken to learn of his passing, but know that his incredible legacy of service to Pensacola and hard work will continue to shape communities in Northwest Florida for years to come.”