Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Jon H. Abedon

January 25, 1957November 5, 2019

Beloved son, brother and friend.

Son of Paula Jean Levin and Herbert Joseph Abedon. Jon was born January 25th, 1957. He was the first of 3 boys. Jon had an intuitive understanding of many things scientific and electronic. As a boy of 9, he taught himself to build a radio from a pile of parts. Ultimately, he put his grasp of science towards helping others. He graduated from Curry College with two bachelor’s degrees, psychology and nursing. His vocation was nursing, and he worked for many years in the ER at Mount Auburn Hospital and McLean Hospital in Boston. However, his avocation and true love was photography. He could capture light and manipulate that light in the darkroom, the pre-digital kind of darkroom, that was magical. His darkroom skills were such that he was sought out by many fine art and commercial artists to print their work for them. In that way, not only were his own prints in shows, but images of others he brought to life were published in the shows of others and in magazines of the day.

Jon loved and was loved by animals. Together with Julia Burke they had two wonderful standard poodles, Lila and Nina. Jon would glow in their presence and they in his.

Jon had his share of struggles and challenges. Through it all he remained a kind, generous and loving person. Jon was insightful, funny, interesting, provocative and an engaging companion and conversationalist. He will be missed greatly.

Jon was preceded in death by his adored mother Paula.

Jon leaves behind a loving ex-wife Julia; brothers who love him with all their hearts, Robert and Stephen, his father Herbert; nieces Lillian, Mali, and Rivka; and nephew Yehuda.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 7th at 9:00 AM at Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, 458 Hope St, Providence with burial to follow in Crawford Street Memorial Park, West Roxbury, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to New England Humane Society 2606 Bronco Highway, Harrisville, RI 02830 . Shiva will be held at the home of Barbara Rosenbaum, Thursday following burial.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, November 7, 2019


Jon H. Abedon

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maureen gallagher

November 6, 2019

Jon you always had such a wonderful heart. Your love and friendship for Julie thru the years has been wonderful , You know that you have always been in my heart and you will be there forever.
RIP Jon . You will be missed. God bless you Jon.
Julie my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Love Maureen

Alan Ringel

November 6, 2019

My condolences to his family and friends. I had not seen Jon in many years. I worked with him at McLean Hospital for years during the 1980's. I remember him for his unusual perspectives on all subjects, his sense of humor, and his unique insight into the human psyche and spirit. He was curious and interested in what other people thought and felt. He ended every shared profundity with a smile.