Longtime metro Detroit businessman 'Mr. Belvedere' passes away at age 95

(WXYZ) - Maurice "Bud" Lezell, also known as "Mr. Belvedere", has died at the age of 95.

Lezell was well-known in metro Detroit for his popular construction business commercials. He died in Sarasota, Florida on March 26.

His construction company, Belvedere Construction Inc., was established in 1948.

Lezell's commercial spots dominated on television during the 1960s and 1970s. He was a natural at the promotion and marketing of his business.

Lezell was born in Kentucky in 1921 and moved to Detroit with his parents when he was four years old.

His funeral will be held at the Ira Kaufman Chapel, located at 18325 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Southfield, MI 48075 on Friday, March at 11:00 AM.

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