PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jon Abedon, a son of Paula Jean Levin and Herbert Joseph Abedon, died Nov. 5. Jon was born Jan. 25, 1957, the first of three boys. He had an intuitive understanding of many things scientific and electronic. As a boy of 9, he taught himself to build a radio from a pile of parts. Ultimately, he put his grasp of science towards helping others.
He graduated from Curry College with two bachelor’s degrees, psychology and nursing. His vocation was nursing, and he worked for many years in the emergency room at Mount Auburn Hospital and McLean Hospital in Boston. His avocation and true love was photography. He could capture light and manipulate that light in the darkroom, the pre-digital kind of darkroom, that was magical. His darkroom skills were such that he was sought out by many fine art and commercial artists to print their work. In that way, not only were his own prints in shows, but images of others he brought to life were published in the shows of others and in magazines of the day.
Jon loved and was loved by animals. Together with Julia Burke they had two wonderful standard poodles, Lila and Nina. Jon would glow in their presence and they in his.
Jon had his share of struggles and challenges. Through it all he remained a kind, generous and loving person. Jon was insightful, funny, interesting, provocative and an engaging companion and conversationalist. He will be missed greatly.
Jon was preceded in death by his adored mother Paula.
Jon leaves behind a loving ex-wife Julia; brothers who love him with all their hearts, Robert and Stephen, his father Herbert; nieces Lillian, Mali and Rivka; and nephew Yehuda.
Contributions in his memory may be made to New England Humane Society 2606 Bronco Highway, Harrisville, RI 02830 .