Maurice Stearman, 83, a retired businessman and a Washington resident for over 65 years, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Hallandale, Fla., where he had been living for about six years.

Mr. Stearman was born in Russia and moved to this country with his family in 1905. They settled in Washington.

He worked as a clerk for the Navy Department and then operated a number of businesses here, including a grocery store, a Pontiac agency and liquor store. Around 1939, he founded the Ace Wrecking & Building Material Co., which is now operated by his sons-in-law.

At the time of his retirement in the 1950s, he was the head of Stearman Investments, a building and real estate investment company.

Mr. Stearman was active in the Jewish community here as a fund raiser. He was a past president of the B'nai Israel Congregation.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; a son, David, of Bethesda, and three daughters, Selma Mostow, of Chevy Chase, Ethyle Zeigman, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Bettye Goodman, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Irving and Max, both of Silver Spring, and Jack, of Rockville, and a sister, Ida Wolf, also of Silver Spring, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.