Stephen Lehrer, 71


CRANSTON, R.I. – Stephen Lehrer died Feb. 13 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Freda (Stone) Lehrer of Cranston for 43 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late Saul and Helen (Resnick) Lehrer, he lived in Cranston for 43 years, previously living on the East Side of Providence.

He was a member of Temple Sinai in Cranston and Temple Emanu-El in Providence. He graduated from Hope High School in 1967, Brown University with a degree in civil engineering, and Rhode Island College with a master’s degree in education. He taught for over 30 years in the Bristol and then Bristol/Warren school systems as a high school math teacher and technology coordinator.

He was a trainer for Teachers in Technology. Stephen worked for years at Camp JORI as assistant director, and then, starting in 1991, worked in the summers as program director at Camp Taconic in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. He was the volunteer usher coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company for many years. Stephen was an avid Boston sports fan, and enjoyed playing basketball at the Jewish Community Center in Providence and riding his bike in the Berkshires.

He was the devoted father of Stacey Lehrer, of Warwick, and Andrew Lehrer and his wife, Jia Leung, of Cranston. He was the loving grandfather of Sophie Lehrer. He was the dear brother of Joanne Lehrer and her husband, Steven Chianesi, of Cranston. He was the uncle of Robert and Jeffrey Stone, and Christopher, Jennifer, and Matthew Chianesi.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The Louis & Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry, 1165 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington S., Providence, RI 02903, or your favorite charity.