Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

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Phyllis Lapin

June 12, 1939June 13, 2020

Phyllis Ruth Lapin, beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully – surrounded by her loving family – on Saturday, June 13. She was 81.

Phyllis was born June 12, 1939 in Mansfield, OH to David and Lillian Lapine. Upon her graduation from Ohio State University, Phyllis shared her love of reading and writing through 3 decades of teaching middle and high-school English throughout Stamford’s public and private schools. She continued sharing her love of the English language through her volunteer work at Literacy Volunteers of Stamford, eventually becoming its Executive Director, and had multiple opinion pieces published locally and in the New York Times.

Phyllis’ warmth, spirit and humor enriched the lives of so many inside and outside her classrooms. She led by example, emboldening others to live a life of empathy, love and compassion.

She is survived by her devoted husband Seymour; loving brothers and sister-in-laws Mark & Jennifer, Larry & Susan, and James & Sarah; children & in-laws Debbie & Paul, Paul & Jamie, and Brad & Julie; cherished grandchildren Samantha, Isabel, Jack, Eleanor, Henry, Nathan and Lilah; as well as her kind and compassionate caregivers Josette, Mag, Emma and Marie.

A private funeral service will be held on Monday, June 15. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.


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Bridget Wilson Hall

June 23, 2020

Sorry to hear of Mrs. Lapin's passing. She was my teacher. Truly an angel. She will be missed.
My condolences to her family.

Laura Spelke

June 17, 2020

So sorry to hear that Phyllis had passed. I have many wonderful memories of spending time with her at various celebrations and children events at camp and the Jewish Center when our children were growing up. A virtual hug to all the family.

mike Markovits

June 14, 2020

I'm sorry to learn of Phyllis' passing. I was on the Board of Literacy Volunteers when she was the Executive Director and I both enjoyed my interaction with her and appreciated her leadership. My condolences. May her memory be a blessing.

Paul Nakian

June 14, 2020

Dear Seymour and family.....very sorry to learn of dear Phyllis' passing. A life well-lived. May her memory and good deeds bring joy and some comfort to you. Maria joins me in this expression of sympathy. Paul Nakian

naomi lieberman

June 14, 2020

I send my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Phyliss. She was a role model for all...so kind and dear..it,s everyones loss..with love naomi

Lauren Solomon

June 13, 2020

Aunt Phyllis was truly an angel. She spread love wherever she went, and I so looked forward to our visits when I was a youngster. Her legacy lives on in my wonderful cousins and I will never forget her.