RIDGEWOOD — Stephen J. Lear, 69, died on May 7.
Born on April 15, 1944 to Nettie and Reuben Lear in Philadelphia, Pa., he grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and went on to receive his BA in journalism from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1967. He served in the army during the Vietnam War. A real estate broker and salesman, he co-owned Puritz Lear Realtors and was currently employed by Coldwell-Banker of Ridgewood. He was on the board of trustees of the YWCA and served as a past president for the Northwest Bergen Board of Realtors, Kiwanis and Rotary. While president of Kiwanis, he was the first member to sponsor a woman to join the club. He was a volunteer to many causes, including Free the Kids and Community Meals on Wheels.
He is survived by his wife, Celia Lear; his children, Christine and Mark Lear, Lauren and Nathan Radcliffe and Zachary Lear; his grandchildren, Jane, Charlotte, Henry, William and James; his siblings, Arleen and Allen Halpern, Robert and Nancy Lear and Meredith Jones; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his companion, Isabella.
Private services were held by the family.
Arrangements were by the Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood.
Memorial donations may be made to Free the Kids, Inc. at freethekids.org.
Feeney Funeral Home
232 Franklin Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Published in The Ridgewood News on May 13, 2013