Jean K. Lyman

March 1, 1924August 27, 2021

Jean Knapp Lyman of Chatham, MA passed away on August 27, 2021 at the age of 97 surrounded by her loving children. She was the wife of 73 years to Louis Richard (Dick) Lyman Jr. who died on July 17, 2005.

Jean was born in New Britain, CT on March 1, 1924, the daughter of the late Oscar G. Knapp and Louise Ramsay Knapp of Plantsville, CT. she grew up in Plantsville, graduated from St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury, CT in 1942 and Bradford Jr. College in 1944. Jean and Dick were married in 1948 and built a life together in West Hartford, CT, where they lived for over 40 years. In 1965, Jean and Dick built a second home in Chatham, MA which became home to everyone. She could always be found tending to her garden or preparing to welcome family and friends home from a day of boating.

Jean worked in retail and insurance. Though it was her time working for the Connecticut Historical Society that inspired her love for antiques and genealogy. Once settled in Chatham, Jean volunteered at the Atwood House, the Mayo House and the Caleb Nickerson House. She was also a dedicated member of the local Squanto Chapter of the Questers; she always looked forward to an afternoon discussing history with her closest friends.

Jean received the greatest joy from spending time with family. She is predeceased by her husband, Dick, and their daughter, Barbara Louise Lyman. She is survived by her son Louis Richard (Rick) Lyman III and his wife Leigh of Tiverton, RI; daughter, Deborah Jean Lyman of Harwich, MA; and son, Douglas Parker Lyman and his wife Lauri of Castine, ME.

Jean was so very proud of her five grandchildren: Sarah Doyle and her husband Gordon Shaw of Silver Spring, MD; Abigail Doyle and her partner Erik Hughes of Nantucket, MA; Richard Lyman and his partner Kate Reef of Seattle, WA; Lucy Lyman and her husband Michael Burke of Seward Alaska; and Parker Lyman of Norwich, VT.

Jean and her family wish to thank the Visiting Nurses of Cape Cod, Broad Reach Hospice and all the staff and aids at Liberty Commons for their care and kindness over the years.

A private burial service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Southington, CT on September 13, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Jean’s name to:

Monomoy Community Services (Attn. Theresa Malone) 166 Depot St., Chatham, MA 02633

Broad Reach Hospice, 390 Orleans Rd. North Chatham, MA 02650

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Janice Alex

September 16, 2021

I am truly so sorry for the loss of Jean. We worked together years ago at The Chatham Company. She was always so pleasant and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Don and Christine Stammer

September 6, 2021

When Don and I moved to South Meadow View Road over twenty years ago, Jean and Dick were among the first people we met in the community. They generously filled us in about West Chatham, Hardings Beach, and the charming downtown of Chatham. Since we had a deeded boat slip, Dick kindly took Don out one morning to show him how to navigate through the opening between north and south Monomoy.. That was just the beginning of Dick's boating advice. Jean detailed our neighborhood and the backgrounds of the people living there. Many afternoons, I would sit with her looking out over the Oyster River, chatting away. After Dick died, Jean and I would go out to lunch at the Beacon Room and other venues. She also provided a winter home for Don's boat. In all, she was kind and understanding. We have since left West Chatham, but she will always be remembered by both of us. Our sincere condolences to her family.

Ruth Saphirstein

September 6, 2021

Deb, Rick & Doug so very sorry for your passing of your Mom. I’ve known her almost as long as I knew my parents. Our moms were out Brownie Leaders - believe Deb and I were 5 or 6. And so the friendship began. Somehow around 10 or so we lost contact. Don’t know why - it just happened. Believe it or not think of you always, Deb and miss you! My condolences to all of you. It’s not easy but remember your Mom lived a good long life.

Rich Deneen

September 5, 2021

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing away. She lived a long wonderful life. I worked for your dad for 11 years at Travelers and he was a smart wonderful boss. Your parents allowed me to rent their Chatham home a few times in the 70's when my children were very young. They still talk about catching crabs on the dock behind your parents home. Good memories!

Rich Deneen

Martha Steenburgh

September 2, 2021

I was blessed to have a friend in Jean for 41 years. So many good memories of working with her at the CT Historical Society and visits at the Cape. I so admired her for her kindness, sense of humor, wisdom, and style. And how I wished to be even half the homemaker she was. I cherish the needlepoint tray she made me for a wedding gift. My deepest sympathy to all the Lyman family.

Betty Ann Fusco

August 30, 2021

So many wonderful memories. My sincere sympathy and love to Debbie, Rick and Doug plus their families. Your Mom left a beautiful legacy of a life lived with dignity and love. Betty Ann