Stephen J. “Steve” Lachman, 58, of Limerick, PA passed away on Sunday, June 20, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center after a sudden illness. Steve was born in West Chester and was the son of Gertrude I. (Charles) Lachman and the late James C. Lachman. After graduating from Lincoln Prep in Philadelphia, Steve worked at LNP, Volkswagen Atlantic, and Downingtown Steel Products. He apprenticed in the electrical field with Whiteman Electric where he worked for 6 years. He later joined Fromm Electric in Reading, eventually directing their industrial automation division. Upon leaving Fromm, Steve formed Tully Integration which he owned until his retirement in 1998.
Steve’s love of nature led to a lifelong passion for conservation. He was a member of Trout Unlimited and volunteered much time with their Tulpehocken Chapter. He also volunteered at the Olivet Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Reading.
Fly fishing was Steve’s greatest passion and he never lost the thrill of a day on the stream. He was exceptionally skilled and a joy to watch as he became one with his Orvis Brook Trout and gently presented a fly he had tied to the ever-wary trout on the Tully, Yellow Breeches, Letort, Clark’s Creek, Rapidan or many another stream from here to Colorado.
Music was his other lifelong passion. His natural talent showed when he played his Tele, his Martin or his Stratocaster. He formed and played in a number of bands including The Teen Beats, The Patriots, Hopeopaley, Joshua Tree, Crazy Heart and The Secret. We loved to say that Steve taught Eric everything he knows!
Steve’s compassion and kindness led him to become a joint caretaker for his sister-in-law Louise during her 2-year battle with cancer. Despite his own considerable health challenges, he and Lynn cared for her on a daily basis in their home until her death 3 months ago.
Steve loved cooking, gardening, reading, Formula 1 races, travel, movies, baseball, motorcycles, World War II history, his computer and Blackberry, his cat Marble, and his family and friends. He had an insatiable curiosity, a quick intelligence and a unique sense of fun. He was honest, genuine, proud, talented and ever the gentleman. He was a child of the ‘60’s. His sense of adventure made him an awesome companion on road trips and in life.
Steve is survived by his partner of 15 years, Lynn Schaaf Angelo; his daughter Kelly Brayman and her husband Julian; his daughter Meghan Macomber and her husband Patrick; his son Timothy Lachman; and his stepson Philip Angelo. Additionally he is survived by his uncle Randall Charles, his uncle Don Couch, his many cousins and their families, his sisters and brothers-in-law in the Schaaf and Whiteman families, his many nieces, nephews and friends, and his first wife.
Please join us at a memorial service and picnic celebration in Steve’s honor on Sunday, July 4th at 1:00PM at Wildberry Farm, 228 Tollhouse Road, Boyertown, PA. For information or directions, contact [email protected].
In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate donations to the Stephen J Lachman Memorial Fund c/o Local 380 IBEW Credit Union, 3900 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426. Donations will support improvements on Steve’s favorite streams.