Brian H. Lee 1957-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs



WARREN – Brian H. Lee, 64, took his last booster on Labor Day, September 6, 2021, due to complications from diabetes.

Brian was born in Corry, Pa. On July 17, 1957, the son of Theda Cupples Lee, who raised him, and Howard E. Lee. He lived his entire life in the Warren / Youngstown area until he moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2019 for health reasons. He attended Warren Western Reserve High School. He graduated with honors from Trumbull Business College, with an associate’s degree in medical transcription and coding. His last job in Ohio was with Infocision in Austintown.

Brian was an actor, playwright, writer, musician, songwriter, singer, comedian, guitarist, cat lover, movie buff, director, Neil Simon fan, avid Stephen King fan, Browns fan, woman lover and a “optimistic” romantic. He was a true Renaissance man. His personality was larger than life and always made friends wherever he went. As talented as he is, he has always remained humble and genuine.

For nearly 40 years he played an important role in the arts and theater community in the Warren area. He was an accomplished playwright having written many original plays, skits and short stories. He was also a talented actor and director. He starred in Warren’s Ghost Walks. He has also performed in the group Sweet Dreams at many New Years Eve opening night events. He has appeared in numerous productions at Trumbull New Theater, Youngstown Playhouse, Victorian Players, Back Door Theater, Oakland Center for the Arts and the Rust Belt Theater. He has established long-standing friendships with many directors, writers and fellow performers. He has also won numerous local and national theater awards.

Brian was also a talented singer and guitarist, playing both 6 and 12 string guitars. He wrote many songs and performed professionally throughout his life at many events. He was a huge movie fan and had studied movie trivia a lot.

He enjoyed living in Florida for the past two years. He loved following ocean weather and was especially excited to see his first rocket launch at Cape Canaveral.

Brian was a devout Catholic and performed numerous Masses on guitar at Christ Our King Church and St. Cyril Church. He loved his Catholic faith and was a devout Christian.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; brother, Patrick T. Lee; aunt and uncle, Rose and John Cupples; and his special aunt who helped raise him, Helen P. Cupples.

He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Valerie Mountfort (Kenneth) of Jacksonville, Fla., With whom he makes his home; daughter, Jennifer Ruckman (James) of Howland; brother, Michael Lee (Kim) of Cortland; sister, Linda Crowley (Thomas) of Howland; nephew, Adam Dawson of Warren; nephew, Christopher Lee and niece, Shannon Eanes; granddaughters, Mikhayla Ruckman of Newton Falls, Madison Bates (Adam) of Girard, Jenna Ruckman of Hubbard and Jade Potase (Austin) of Cortland; her great-granddaughter, Nora Ruckman and her great-grandson, Renly Bates; as well as his ex-wife and mother of his children, Penny Holbrook.

He will also be missed by his best girlfriends and movie / theater buddies, “Brian” Angels “, Deb Lavelle, Connie Cassidy and Lu Harding.

The cremation took place by Naugle and Schnauss Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Florida. A celebration of Brian’s wonderful life is planned and will be announced in the near future.

Brian left the scene.

Instead of flowers, he would instead ask you to watch a movie, attend a play, attend a concert, sing a song, dance like no one is watching you, read a book, tell a joke, learn something new, talk to a stranger, make a new friend, try your luck, hug someone and tell someone you love them, in her memory.

“God has dimmed the lights… the curtain closes… and the stage. “

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