Obituary for Lawrence Nelson Medas
Lawrence Nelson Medas, age 78 of Bridgeport, husband of Lucille (King) Medas, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Lawrence was born on December 16, 1938 in Guyana, the son of the late Alicia Medas. He was the proud owner and operator of “Medas Moving & Overseas Shipping”, and “Guarantee Shipping” for over 40 years. He also worked as a naval captain for the Merchant Marine. In his free time he enjoyed playing dominos and watching boxing.
Lawrence is survived by: wife of over 44 years, Lucille Medas; son, George Medas of Brooklyn, NY; son, Lawrence Medas Jr. & daughter-in-law, Clydene of Brooklyn, NY; son, Sebastian Tobias King of Brooklyn, NY; son, Cornelius “Neal” Medas & daughter-in-law, Karen of Bridgeport, CT; 16 grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends to cherish his memory.
Friends may greet the family, Friday January 27, 2017 from 8:30-9:30am. A procession will follow to Mountain Grove Cemetery, 2675 North Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. The memorial service will be held in Brooklyn New York at the Philadelphia Church 530 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225 on January 29, 2017 at 1pm. Repass to be announced. Light a virtual candle or share a special memory of “Lawrence” at communityfuneralchapels.com.
Life Story for Lawrence Nelson Medas
We are heartbroken at the passing of our Captain, a wonderful husband, father, uncle and grandfather. He constantly filled our lives with adventure, fun and joy that left us with a wealth of memories. Captain Lawrence Nelson Medas Sr., born was on December 16, 1938 in Lenora Den Amstel West Coast Demerara, Guyana S.A. He departed from this life on January 18, 2017 among his family. Captain is pre-deceased by four siblings and his loving mother Alicia Medas Livin.
At the age of 21, he was one of the first, youngest men to receive his captain license in Guyana. He continued his education upon his arrival in Brooklyn, NY In 1969. Lawrence became an international shipmaster when he received his worldwide shipping license from Fort Schuyler Maritime Academy. On August 21, 1972 Lawrence married his beautiful wife Lucille and together they were baptized by Philadelphia Church of Universal Brotherhood.
They were married and baptized at the same time in the baptism pool in upstate New York by Dr. Rev. F.E. Roy Jefferies Sr. The Seventh Adventist couple began a new journey together and created Medas Shipping in a one bedroom apartment in 1973. He made his first millions in the basement of his home on East New York Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Since them the corporate headquarters was purchased in 1974. The Medas headquarters moved to a huge warehouse at 803 Sterling Place Brooklyn, NY in August of 1981. Medas instantly became a household name that means big things between New York, the Caribbean and Worldwide.
In 1980’s-2000’s Medas Shipping was a pillar in the West Indian community. The Medas family participated in the West Indian Carnival Festivals Labor Day in Brooklyn, NY from the early 1980’s to 2000. The Medas family sponsored a plethora of Beauty pageant for many Caribbean islands, represents community involvement, relief efforts and social justice. Every major flood, earthquake and natural disaster, Medas has been an instrumental part of the effort relief. Mr. Medas has never turned down any relief effort, he has always opened the doors to his massive warehouse to help the greater Pan-Afro Caribbean community. When Nelson Mandela visited the New York in 1990 he meet with Mr. Medas through an invitation from Honorable Rev. Herbert D. Daughtry, Sr. - House of the Lord | House of the Lord. Mr. Medas was asked to help with the Sisters Against South African Apartheid (“SASAA”) with relief to South Africa by shipping numerous 40’ containers for the cause. He received numerous citations for his efforts in community involvement and humanitarian reliefs.
As a member of the Philadelphia Church of Universal Brotherhood, Captain served as a Minister and an Elder. He was one of the founding fathers of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and industry. Mr. Medas used his office and warehouse space to nurture the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Lawrence was an honorary member of the Guyana police department.
Everyone who loved and knew Lawrence knew him as Captain, Pappy and Uncle Lawrence. He was and will be remember for his human swing (he really knew how to throw children high), firm hand shake, strong voice, steel principles and unwavering faith in GOD, he believed that his faith could move mountains, and it did.
Captain Lawrence Medas is survived by his wife Lucille Medas, son, George Medas of Brooklyn, NY; son, Lawrence Medas Jr. & daughter-in-law, Clydene of Brooklyn, NY; son, Sebastian Tobias King of Brooklyn, NY; son, Cornelius “Neal” Medas & daughter-in-law, Karen of Bridgeport, CT, 16 grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind two sisters and cousins a myriad of adopted and extended family. Captain blessed us with a lifetime of life, love, and laughter. His legacy will live on through the stories he told and the lessons he taught. With tearful eyes we bid farewell. God saw him getting tired, so he put his arms around him and whispered …”come to me”. A golden heart has stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest.