Arthur Lema, age 85, of Cranston, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 28, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 11, 1935, at Lyin-In Hospital in Providence. He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Maia) Lema. For the last years of his life he was the companion of the late Janet O’Grady.
Born in Providence he was a son of the late John and Deolinda (Costa) Lima. Arthur lived most of his childhood in Fox Point.
Mr. Lema was a box maker, mechanic, tool maker, and worked as a supervisor for J&K Jewelry of Pawtucket until he retired. He volunteered his time calling bingo and serving soup and at the Cranston senior center for many years. He loved being around people and sharing stories about his family and his childhood. He was a proud youth, making sure all knew that he had the largest paper route in Fox Point, delivering more than 200 newspapers a day, as well as having his own shoe shining business to help support his family.
He is survived by three children, David J. Lema and wife Kathy of East Providence, Wayne M. Lema and his wife Anne-Marie of Cranston and his only daughter, Felicia Marie Lema of Cranston, his, brother, Edwin Lema of Georgia, seven grandchildren, Melisa Leonard and her husband Joseph, Rebecca Lema, Jennifer Lee Lema, Dave Lema, and his wife Destiny Lynn, Stephanie Ann Lema, Wayne M. Lema, Jr. and his wife Jess, Joseph C. Lema, as well as 11 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Arthur J. Lema and the brother of the late George Lema, John Lima, Mary Lema and Gloria Howe.
Arthur truly lived a life of the greatest generation. Living to the fullest, through simple pleasures; snacking, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
His funeral service will be private.