Jeffrey G. Bookbinder


Bookbinder, Jeffrey G., 71, died Thursday, July 2, 2020 at home. He was the beloved husband of Joan Susan (Levine) Bookbinder for 21 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late Richard and Dorothy (Zarum) Bookbinder, he had lived in Warwick for 47 years, previously living in Cranston. He was a master plumber and pipe fitter before a long career as a chief estimator. Jeff was a member of Temple Torat Yisrael and Touro Fraternal Association. He was a master orchid grower and a member of the Ocean State Orchid Society, where he served as a former president. He enjoyed fishing, boating, golfing and vacationing in Punta Gorda, FL.

Devoted father of Evan Bookbinder and his wife, Kelli, of Pittsburgh, PA and Lyle Bookbinder of Tampa, FL. Step-father of Jennie Tanner and her husband, Russell, of Sacramento, CA and Jonathan Kay and his wife, Kristin, of Easton, MA. Dear brother of Bruce Bookbinder and his wife, Suzanne, of Wrentham, MA and Edward Bookbinder of Jamestown. Loving grandfather of Jacob, Elissa, Ari, Benjamin, Dylan, and Riley.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hope Hospice, 1085 N Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or Temple Torat Yisrael, 1251 Middle Rd., East Greenwich, RI 02818.

Shiva will be held online via Zoom, Sunday 7/5 through Tuesday 7/7 between 6PM and 8PM EDT. A Shiva minyan service will be held at 730 PM. For those wishing to offer condolences or share memories of Jeff, please join the family via Zoom at the following link,

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  1. sheila kaplan
    Jul 2, 2020

    Alan and I want to extend our condolences to you and the family. Jeff was a good friend , husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed!

    Jul 2, 2020

    My Condolences to the family
    Dear Brother Jeff you will always remain in my heart and thoughts and prayers. I Love you so much and i loved spending time with you we did so much together and we will again until then
    Rest in piece my Brother my Best Friend

  3. Goodbye my friend. So many memories of our youth. I will cherish them always. Our condolences to Joan and the family.

  4. mitch and maria riffkin
    Jul 4, 2020

    To the family of our dear friend , our prayers and our thoughts are with you on this sorrowful occasion. Jeff we will forever miss you

  5. Kathleen Dunstan
    Jul 4, 2020

    Jeff, it has been an honor to know you. You are the bravest person I have ever known. I will miss you terribly. Ocean State Orchid Society has lost it’s heart.

  6. Barbara legacy
    Jul 4, 2020

    So very sorry for your loss

  7. Naomi Mittell
    Jul 4, 2020

    Jeff, you always brought joy to the orchid club when you arrived with your beautiful orchids and shared your vast knowledge. You will be greatly missed!

  8. Sofia Marsella
    Jul 4, 2020

    My deepest condolences to Joan and family, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I was very sad to hear of the passing of Jeff, he was a good man and we shared the same birthday. He was very loved by his family and friends and will be missed. May you rest in peace.

  9. Patricia Clifford
    Jul 4, 2020

    Joan I am so sorry for your loss. Hoping your happy memories with Jeff will help heal your broken heart. Sending you and your family hugs.

  10. Stuart A Cohen
    Jul 4, 2020

    Bruce and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My family’s thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.

  11. bob & robin
    Jul 4, 2020

    no words of wisdom, just very sorry joan,

  12. Cristina Harsch
    Jul 4, 2020

    His smile and sense of humor will be missed. I am so glad he was able to take that orchid tour of Ecuador and so pleased he shared the trip with his orchid loving friends.

  13. joni sima
    Jul 5, 2020

    It breaks my heart to see this evil disease take you so soon from your loving children, Evan and Lyle, and grandchildren, Jacob and Elissa. May the angels of G-d take you to him and give you peace as you watch over them and enjoy the blooms from your orchids from above. Baruch dayan ha’emet.

  14. Deb Hughes
    Jul 5, 2020


    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I know he will will be greatly missed by so many. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Deb

  15. Carol Bader Geller
    Jul 5, 2020

    Joan, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. May his memory be a blessing.

  16. Gary Trottier
    Jul 5, 2020

    Brother Jeff you will always be in my thoughts. May the angels look down upon your family and bring them peace in this difficult time. Gods speed my friend.

  17. Margi White
    Jul 5, 2020

    Joan and family,
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. So sorry for your loss.

  18. Leah Ross-Coke
    Jul 5, 2020

    As co-president of Torat Yisrael’s sisterhood and a member of the Board, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the entire family!
    May his memory always be a blessing to all of you!

  19. Scott Teller
    Jul 6, 2020

    Jeff was one of those few business associates that became a close friend. It was golf that we truly enjoyed together and we even played on a Christmas Eve Day at the NK Golf Course a few years ago as the temperature rose into the 60′s. And coincidentally, it was on the 13th hole some years back where he had experienced one of those unique experiences in golf – a hole in one!
    Rest in peace my friend and may the wind always be at your back!

  20. Ted Brian
    Jul 6, 2020

    On behalf of FW Webb, we are very sorry about your loss and our prayers are with you and for our friend Jeff. He will be missed in many ways.

  21. Joe & Bobbie Manheim
    Jul 6, 2020

    Cousin Joanie,
    Our deepest and most sincere condolences on Jeff’s passing.
    We recall your visits to our home in San Diego, the cherished beautiful Orchid Jeff specially procured locally that hung on our palm tree out back. Most recently, our little family gathering at the house Jennie and Russ rented on the lake near Lake Tahoe. I remember the “Truckee Thursday” walk around the local food fair with Jennie’s kids grabbing Jeff to walk around all the sites.
    Jeff was well liked, loved and a Mench… We’ll miss him and keep good thoughts for you through these tough times.
    We love ya Cuz!
    Joe and Bobbie

  22. Nicholas Chaves
    Jul 7, 2020

    On behalf of Tower Hill Sales I would like to give out deepest sympathy to the Bookbinder family. Jeff was a great friend and colleague to all! Rest In Peace.

  23. Jeff Dirksen
    Jul 9, 2020

    All of us at Emerson Swan send our condolences to the Bookbinder family and Delta Mechanical. Having known Jeff for 30 years has been a pleasure and a privilege.
    He always was willing to help out and the “give and take” was something I looked forward to. The orchids were special and so was Jeff.
    He will be missed.

  24. Nancy Krakaur
    Jul 10, 2020

    Sending love to all the Bookbinders. I have warm childhood memories of Jeff…he had the best laugh and a great sense of humour. May his memory be a blessing.

  25. Ed & Marlene Greene
    Jul 12, 2020

    Our deepest condolences to Jeff’s family.

  26. Michael Leonard Gornstein
    Jul 13, 2020

    Joan, Bruce, Eddie and entire family. I was so saddened to just hear of Jeff’s passing. My sincere condolences to everyone. So many great memories growing up together with the whole family in the old neighborhood in Cranston. Jeff was always such a nice and great guy and had a great sense of humor. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Michael Gornstein

  27. Laurie Winograd Gabrilowitz
    Jul 16, 2020

    Sincere condolences to Joan, Bruce and Eddie. Many fond memories of the sinking of the boats in the pool and of hours spent playing outdoors. All of the neighborhood kids were like one big family, Jeff was one of the elders and we looked up to him. May he rest in peace.

  28. Jill Kenrick Smith
    Aug 9, 2020

    Sending my deepest condolences to Joan, Bruce and Eddie. I have great memories of hanging out at the pool in Edgewood and the camp years, too! Wishing peace to all of you!

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