In Memoriam : Howard Lehrer

Howard Lehrer Howard M. Lehrer - age: 77
(December 28, 1942 to December 27, 2020 )
Resident of Saco, Maine

Visitation Information:
For those wishing to make memorial contributions in his memory please consider Beacon Hospice. Beacon Hospice Care, 52 Atlantic Place Suite B-50, South Portland Maine 04106.
Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home 365 Main St, Saco are entrusted with his services.
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Saco, Howard M. Lehrer, 78, passed away on 12/27/2020 at Seal Rock Healthcare Facility in Saco. He had suffered for many years with Lewy body Dementia and finally with COVID-19. Howard was born and raised in The Bronx, New York and graduated from Hunter College of New York and then Columbia University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Social Work. Howard moved to Maine in 1971. He was a licensed marriage and family therapist, who worked at several mental health facilities over the years before opening his own successful private practice, Counseling Services of Scarborough. Howard was an avid reader and very active all of his adult life. He and his wife Ellen enjoyed cross country skiing, down hill skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, and especially walking. They walked miles daily, sometimes covering 20 miles in a day. Their retirement plan was to walk marathons held around the country.
Howard leaves behind Ellen Gottlieb, his wife of 47 years, his two beloved children, Debra Genender of Saco and her husband Joe and Stacey Domanico of Hackettstown NJ and husband Ed and his very special grandchildren Sabrina 18 and Logan 15.
There will be no services held for Howard during this time of COVID but we are planning on having a small memorial service in the summer months.
We want to extend thanks to the staff of Seal Rock for their care and kindness, to Beacon Hospice and Dr. Berman. They all provided much needed comfort for Howard as well as to our family. Also to Mike Lambert, his personal caregiver, who cared for Howard for so many years that it felt like he was part of our family.

Sarah Braik - January 5, 2021Contact this person Contact this person
I was so sorry to hear about Howard's death. He was my clinical supervisor for a number of years and I learned so much from him-I am frequently reminded of his wise advice in so many instances in my daily life, though I haven't worked in the counseling field for many years. He also told great stories!

Edward McGeachey - January 8, 2021Contact this person Contact this person
I am so sad to learn of Howard’s passing and of the struggles that he endured from such a terrible disease. Reading Howard’s obituary brought back many fond memories of Howard and of Ellen, with whom I interacted throughout my long career. You both had such a strong impact on others and on me! In particularly, Howard was such a wonderful mentor to me early in my clinical social work career. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jane Sloven - January 17, 2021Contact this person Contact this person
Joe and I are so sad to hear of Howard's death, and of the struggles he faced in the last few years. We remember his wonderful wit, which always left us belly laughing and to this day brings smiles to our faces. He was a wonderful supervisor at Community Counseling Center, a thoughtful, kind, and insightful psychotherapist, and a trusted colleague. We send our love and condolences.


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