Frederick Lehman, telephone foreman

Frederick A. Lehman
Frederick A. Lehman
Posted: July 06, 2013

Frederick A. Lehman, 87, of Lansdowne, a longtime service foreman at Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, died Monday, July 1, of a heart attack at Chester County Hospital.

Mr. Lehman retired in 1985 after 39 years as a service foreman at Bell of Pennsylvania, working from offices at 16th and Race Streets. He supervised those who repaired commercial telephone systems in one segment of Philadelphia.

During his tenure, he received a special assignment to install phones for the 1981 U.S Open at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. The 2013 U.S. Open wrapped up in mid-June at the same location.

About the time Mr. Lehman retired, the Bell System was being broken up by a U.S. Department of Justice antimonopoly mandate. He retired as an employee of AT&T.

Mr. Lehman, born in Philadelphia, graduated from John Bartram High School in 1944. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, honorably discharged in 1946.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Darby starting in 1948 and served as chairman of the property committee for 45 years. He also was elected as a trustee in 1964 and became a church elder in 1978.

Mr. Lehman loved working on his home, which he built himself starting in 1952. Each holiday season beginning in 1953, he created complicated Christmas displays on his property.

The display entailed more than 2,500 lights, said his son, Fred A. Jr., director of packaging and distribution for Interstate General Media, owner of The Inquirer.

"Everybody knows our house from Christmas," his son said. Relatives intend to keep up the tradition.

Mr. Lehman enjoyed spending time at his summer home in Lenape on the Brandywine Creek in Chester County. His hobbies included HO model trains and stocking his numerous fish ponds with koi, frogs, and turtles.

He especially enjoyed watching the activities in which his grandchildren were involved.

Also surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Florence Cox; a daughter, Jane Ann Hild; four grandchildren; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at First Presbyterian Church of Darby, 400 Main St., Darby, Pa. 19023. A visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial is in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Donations may be made to the church. Condolences to the family may be offered at

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