Leonard. M. Lechan

January 14, 2019


Leonard M. Lechan D.D.S., 94, of Fall River passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Sarah S. Brayton Nursing Center. He was the husband of seventy years to Eleanor R. (Morganstein) Lechan.

He was born in Fall River the son of the late Samuel and Fannie (Segal) Lechan. Leonard graduated from BMC Durfee High School Class of 1941. Dr. Lechan then attended attended Providence College and then graduated from the Georgetown University Dental School as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1947. Dr. Lechan returned to Fall River and opened his Dental Practice which he owned and operated for sixty years.

Dr. Lechan was a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Fall River Dental Society, Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He was the past president of the Massachusetts section of the New England Dental Society. Leonard also served on the Board of the Fall River Jewish Home and Temple Beth El. Dr. Lechan taught at Tufts Dental School in Boston as a visiting professor for several years. Leonard was the past master of the Watuppa Lodge AF & AM in Fall River and a former member of the Alegro Glee Club. He was a HAM radio operator with the handle WA1AVS. He was a former Scout Master for Troop #5 and #24 in Fall River. Dr Lechan enjoyed woodworking and being with his family and friends.

Survivors besides his wife are a daughter: Robin B. Fielding and her husband Alan of Fall River; a daughter in law: Christine (O'Connell) Lechan of Dartmouth; four grandchildren: Jocelyn, Morgan, Brian and Chad; great grandchildren: Caylee and Ezra; brother of Dr. Harry M. Lechan of Fall River; along with several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Sidney S. Lechan.

His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11am in Temple Beth El, 385 High Street, Fall River. Relatives and friends are invited to attend, burial to follow in Temple Beth El Cemetery.

Memorial Observance will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 7-9pm at 1388 Robeson Street, Fall River.

All arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson Street, Fall River.

Funeral Service

JAN 17. 11:00 AM (EST)

Temple Beth El
385 High Street
Fall River, MA

Memorial Observance

JAN 17. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)

Family Home
1388 Robeson Street
Fall River, MA


JAN 17 (EST)

Temple Beth El Cemetery
4620 North Main Street
Fall River, MA

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