James French Lehrer (Jake), 62, died suddenly in Asheville, NC, on November 5, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1952 and was the son of John and Mary Janis (Wiesler) Lehrer, both of whom predeceased him. He was a graduate of Sandusky High School and Wittenberg University. He spent most of his adult life in Durham, NC where he worked for over twenty years in the Orange County (NC) Public Library System, serving as branch manager of the Carrboro Library where he successfully worked to create a community library within the public school.
After retirement, he moved to the Asheville, NC area in Leicester, working for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) in Mars Hill and with the Buncombe County Board of Elections.
Jake was a beloved son and brother, an avid reader, a dog lover, a skilled bridge player, knitter, craftsman and communicator with his many, many friends who lived all over the country. Above all, he was a devoted friend who went out of his way to support any friend who needed help.
He is survived by his three brothers, John (Julie) in Apple Valley, CA, Tom (Eileen) in Bluffton, SC, Bob (Lynne) in Mt. Gilead, NC.