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Harvey B. Lehman

Harvey B. Lehman, age 97, formerly of Essington, Pa., passed away gently of natural causes on October 23, 2021.

He was born in Lester, Pa. to Martha and Oskar Lehman on February 7, 1924.  He graduated from Ridley Park High School and enlisted in the Army during World War II (TEC 5 BATRY B 563rd AAWN BN).  During his service, his engagements included Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), and Central Europe.  Upon his honorable discharge, he married Neva Martin and settled in Essington where he assumed responsibility for his family's business, the Tinicum Inn.  

Harvey and Neva raised two children, Carla and Benjamin. 

He was active in Masonic life, and enjoyed coin collecting, following Philadelphia sports, and World War II history.  In his later years, he became a connoisseur of local diners in the Pa. and NJ region.  He took particular joy in his family, and enjoyed taking his seven grandchildren on various adventures in the region.  He was a beloved grandfather, and in his later years became a great-grandfather to thirteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Martha and Oskar; brothers Carl and Oskar; and his wife Neva.

He is survived by his daughter Carla (the late Edward) McLaughlin and his son Benjamin (Janice) Lehman; his grandchildren, Paige (Michael), Elizabeth (Manny), Susannah (Ryan), Christiane (Michael), Caroline (Carlos), Michael (Jourdan), and Alexandra (Lenny); as well as great-grandchildren Cordelia, Neva, James, Christian, Max, Michael, William, Alexander, Benjamin, Calvin, Jackson, Heidi, and Otto.

His services and burial will be private.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation at

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