WESTPORT, Conn. – Robert (Bob) Baras, of Westport, died Sunday, Feb. 7. He was 85.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Esther (Hertan) and Solomon Baras. Both were Romanian immigrants. He was raised in the Bronx and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, and then attended City College. He was a longtime resident of Manhattan and Tourette-Sur-Loup, France. He was married to his wife of 49 years, Francine Baras.
After building a large textile company, Inwood Knitting Mills, which he sold to National Distillers in 1969, he was able to realize his lifelong dream and passion for painting. He attended School of Visual Arts and received a bachelor’s degree with honors. He spent the next 40 years painting and living his dream. His last show was at The White Gallery in Lakeville in May of 2015. He was also a photographer and left a large body of work.
He is survived by his wife, Francine Baras; daughters Lise Baras and Nicole Baras Feuer; his son, Lloyd Baras; and three grandchildren Adam Feuer, Eric Feuer and Jonathon Baras.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Ilene Marback; and his brother Irwin Baras in World War II.
Funeral services will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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