Leonard Triedman

June 6, 1929March 19, 2021

Leonard Jason Triedman, M.D., died surrounded by his family on the afternoon of March 19. A loving husband to Cynthia Knapp Triedman for 63 years, Lenny was a devoted father, grandfather and friend to many.

Lenny was born in Pawtucket, R.I., to Dr. Harry and Charlotte (Freedman) Triedman. He graduated from Moses Brown School in 1946, and from Brown University in 1949 at age 19, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School at age 23. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Air Force during the Korean War, during which he was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Hyannis delivering babies to the wives of enlisted men – earning him the affectionate nickname “The Flying Obstetrician.” After his service, he moved to Boston and married Cynthia, the love of his life. He did his residency in surgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and did a fellowship in head and neck surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Lenny then returned back home to establish his surgical practice in Providence. Over four decades, he cared for generations of Rhode Islanders, serving on the surgical staff of many Rhode Island hospitals, including the Miriam and Women & Infants hospitals, and was a clinical associate professor of surgery at Brown University Medical School. He and Cynthia raised their children on Providence’s East Side and spent the last 33 years in Narragansett, where the extended family gathered frequently over the years for holidays, summer weekends, and just quiet dinners overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Lenny was a driven athlete with a passion for all sports. As a fan, he adored his New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, and he was the team physician for both the Rhode Island Reds and the Pawtucket Red Sox. In the 1960s and 70s, at various times, he was a ski patrolman; the R.I. men's tennis state champion; and an avid runner who finished the Boston Marathon numerous times. Among his favorite past-times, especially in his later years, was the game of golf; Lenny was a proud member of the Point Judith Country Club and he traveled to the British Isles, Ireland and the Caribbean to play with family and friends.

Lenny embraced life. He exuded boundless optimism, love and gratitude for what life sent his way, always with an eye toward the "next great thing." He was funny and irreverent, a hopeless charmer, and he got away with just about anything. He made friends wherever he went in the world, and he kept them; he seemed to have a “band of brothers” wherever he went. He was above all else kind, gentle and generous. Many of his friends have remarked that he was “larger than life.” He lit up every room with an irrepressible joy that made people want to be near him. His family loved him so. The world will be a little less bright in his absence.

Leonard leaves his wife, Cynthia Knapp Triedman; five children -- Nancy Shalek (James Shalek) of Weston, MA; John Triedman (Susan Hellerstein) of Brookline, MA; Kim Triedman (Eric Oldsman ) of Arlington, MA; Scott Triedman (Mary Jo Kaplan) of Providence, RI; and Julie Triedman (Anthony Mace) of Brooklyn, NY; 15 grandchildren -- Alex, Nick, Peter, Hanna, Charlotte, Natalie, Nellie, Sophie, Lucy, Andy, Jamie, Liv, Hal, Cole and Bea, all of whom he absolutely adored. He also had six great-grandchildren. In his final years, he was lovingly cared for by Courtney Whynter, Olayinka Oladele and the people of Wingate Residences on the East Side of Providence and Hope Hospice, to whom we are eternally grateful.

His burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, Providence.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lifespan Cancer Institute at the Miriam Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901.

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Brad Boss

April 3, 2021

Lenny was one of the truly neat human beings of this World.
He was proud of his being able to give back and certainly of his being able to run and finish many Boston Marathons.
While Cynthia was a true Artist, Len was an artist of caring and friendship to and for people.
To quote and old saying, “He Brightened His Corner”!

Patrick Farrell

March 24, 2021

Scott and the Triedman family, I am so sorry for your loss. Upon reading about “The Flying Obstetrician“ I understand just how big a loss the world has suffered. MayGod comfort him in peace.

Patrick Farrell

David Mayer

March 23, 2021

Cindy, Kim, John, Scott and Julie,

I was very sad to hear the news of Lenny's death.

When I was growing up, "Uncle Lenny" was part of our family. It was the Mayers, the Triedmans and the Briers, and that was a wonderful group.

He was a force of nature and one of the most energetic and engaging people I have ever known.

He never made reference to the amazing accomplishments of his life-- Harvard Med, a renowned surgeon, a leader in the community, state tennis champ--I never knew any of that until much later.

I have too many memories of him to recount but every time I walk past your old house on Doyle Avenue I think of the Brown football game days when Lenny, my dad and I would meet at your house and walk over to Brown Stadium to watch the game. It's a very nice memory.

Later in life, when I started working and had kids, I would still call him whenever I had a medical question, which in retrospect was very presumptuous of me, but he always came to the phone and answered my questions.

There will not be another Lenny Triedman, but I hope you can take some comfort and pride in refecting on a life lived to the absolute fullest.

Dave Mayer

Tom Rensberry

March 22, 2021

The obituary captures the real essence of Lenny. I've known Lenny for approximately 25 years. We met at the Secession Golf Club in South Carolina and were friends ever since. My wife, Diane, and I socialized frequently with Cynthia and Lenny. We played golf and traveled to some very nice places.

Lenny was a "charmer". Add that to his exceptional intelligence and an extroverted personality and he became dangerous, but in a good and fun way. I loved his company and never missed a chance to do something/anything with him. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity.

Lenny was so easy to love. Everyone he called a friend will miss him and never forget him.

We have a number of photos taken with Lenny but they are not at our winter residence.

As Abraham Lincoln said, "The better part of one's life consists of his friendships".

Tom & Diane Rensberry

Ed Foss

March 22, 2021

Cynthia, John, Scott, Kim, Julie and Nancy,
Margie and I want to send our deepest condolences to all of the family. Cousin Lenny was such a wonderful and important part of both our families. Beverly and Karl adored Lenny, who was always so kind and attentive to them, Beth, Paula and me. Lenny leaves so many of us with wonderful memories.
Our thoughts are with you.
Margie and Ed

Daniel Sullivan

March 22, 2021

A great friend and the kindest man I've ever met. Lousy putter. 😃

Danny Sullivan Sullivan

March 22, 2021


Cynthia Wolfe

March 22, 2021

My memory goes back toCynthia,s weddingdress in Boston. Andam forever grateful for the care And interest he took of my Father. our years in Narragansett brings back fond memories . my sympathies to all your family. I feel that I was so blessed to have Lenny as a very very special Friend.... Cynthia Wolfe

Greg Whitehead

March 22, 2021


You will be so deeply missed. Your energy, boyish charm & unparalleled love of life will forever be in my mind and heart. I will miss those walks along the fairways with clubs in tow but will hold those memories close and dear forever. I miss you my friend 🙏

To the Triedman family, and Cynthia especially, you are in my thoughts and prayers.