Arthur Lema

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.


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12 entries.
Crystal and Patrick from East Alstead wrote on January 8, 2021 at 3:12 am
Patrick and I are very sorry for your loss. Descanse em paz.
Viola Miller Pouliot from Providence wrote on January 5, 2021 at 10:10 am
My condolences go out to the Lima family, May he R.I.P.! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during your this time of sorrow.
Patti Cremmen from North Dighton Ma wrote on January 2, 2021 at 8:29 am
So very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your whole family. May happy memories carry you thru this time of sadness.
April, Stephen, and Zach DeMello from Rumford wrote on January 1, 2021 at 9:25 pm
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are always here for you, sending you love and strength during this distressing time. Let your tears flow, and may your sorrows be softened with happy memories. We are thinking about you and sending our heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Arthur was an amazing man!
Steve OGrafy from East Providence wrote on January 1, 2021 at 5:12 pm
Wayne, AnnMarie, and Felicia, Arty was a good man that worked hard for his family. He loved and took care of your mom for so many years and then did the same for mine. I am grateful they had each other and how he made it so my mom could stay in her home for so many years. I am also grateful that he was there safe with you all in his final days. My thoughts are with you all. I look forward to when we can all get together and to toast and celebrate his life.
Melisa Leonard from Riverside RI wrote on December 31, 2020 at 7:01 pm
I will miss you so much grandpa. I am at peace knowing you are with gramma. You have taught me so much about life's leasons. To love my family unconditionally is one of them. Your a hero to many grandpa may you rest in peace. I love you.
Stephanie Roberts from Clermont wrote on December 31, 2020 at 3:03 pm
Saddened by Uncle Arthur's passing. He was a happy person, smiling with twinkling dark eyes. Always made time to visit with his brother John, my father. He will be greatly missed.
John J. Lima from South Kingstown wrote on December 31, 2020 at 2:51 pm
My condolences to my cousins on the passing of dear Uncle Arthur. His quick smile, chuckle, and jet black hair will live on in memories of my youth.
Frank Fogarty from Riverside wrote on December 31, 2020 at 12:27 pm
I’m so sorry for your loss prayers for your families May he Rest In Peace and shine down as an angel from heaven God bless 🙏🙏
Shelby Gonsalves from Fort Drum NY wrote on December 31, 2020 at 8:48 am
You will be truly missed! I have fond memories of you and Aunt Eleanor ❤
Christopher Lema from Riverside wrote on December 31, 2020 at 8:09 am
Many great memories of you! From holiday parties to swimming in what I thought was the biggest pool around! You will be greatly missed!
Rebecca Lema from East Providence wrote on December 31, 2020 at 1:04 am
Me and my sons are better people because of you. I know you will be looking down on us from heaven. Thank you for making this world a better place. We love you so much