Bryan Daniel Lerner, M.D.

May 30, 1992 - February 28, 2019

Bryan Daniel Lerner, M.D., age 26 of Philadelphia, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 30, 1992, he was a son of Neal Brian and Shirley Elizabeth (Munroe) Lerner.  Bryan graduated high school from Caravel Academy in 2010. From there, he attended Dickinson College where he graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society while at Dickinson. In 2018, Bryan graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University with a Degree of Doctor of Medicine. While in medical school Bryan was a member of Phi Alpha Sigma Medical Fraternity. He continued to pursue his passion for medicine after graduation as an Internal Medicine Resident at Temple University Hospital.

Bryan began playing volleyball during high school with the Delaware Juniors Boys program. Throughout medical school and residency he often continued playing pick-up games with a group from Jefferson. He was also an avid bowler in high school, during which he won the 45th Annual Wilmington Youth Doubles Tournament alongside his brother. Bryan was a devout Philadelphia sports fan – a passion passed on from his parents.  He reveled in the chance to party on Broad Street when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII and attended World Series games in Philadelphia in both 2008 and 2009. He was well travelled and enjoyed the outdoors and hiking. The Lerner’s last family trip after Bryan’s graduation from Medical School included hiking in Bryce and Zion National Parks. Bryan was proud to have participated in the volunteer medical organization Floating Doctors in 2018 which provided him the opportunity to travel to Panama and provide much needed medical services to the country’s underserved population

Bryan loved being surrounded by his family and friends and meeting new people. He organized poker leagues and took in every chance to spend time with the people that made him laugh most, where he frequently showcased his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Bryan took pride in looking well dressed and never turned away an opportunity to wear a bowtie. He loved all types of food and was always looking to cook or try something new, of course with fine wines or good beers in hand.

Bryan’s legacy could be said to value the importance of self-care, exercise and to eat right. Bryan had a zest for life and sense of service for others that will live on in those lives he touched forever!

Bryan is survived by his parents, Neal and Shirley Lerner; brother, Kevin Lerner; fiancé, Heather Geist; grandmother, Mildred Munroe; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends and colleagues.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 11 am on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 11 am.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Bryan’s name to the Delaware Academy of Medicine, who is assisting us in honoring his memory. Checks can be mailed to: Delaware Academy of Medicine, Suite L10, 4765 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713.


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70 Condolences for Bryan Daniel Lerner, M.D.

  • I had the privilege of instructing Bryan in two courses at Dickinson College. I will always remember him as being incredibly smart, determined, talented, and fun to work with. My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved Bryan. He will be missed but not forgotten at the College.

  • Neal and Shirley, please accept my sincerest condolences.

  • Oh Neal and Shirley, we are so very sorry to hear of your sons passing. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with you and your family during this time.

  • It was an honor to know you. My Thoughts and prayers with the family .

  • Live with no regrets… It appears that in Bryan’s brief years, he created experiences and memories that will endure in people’s hearts for eternity. What a wonderful way to live. Love, Jan

  • Dear Neal and Shirley,
    i am so sorry to hear of your loss May God be with you during this time.

  • Neal and Shirley my heart goes out to you. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Dear Heather and Lerner family,
    I am so sad to hear this news. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve this incredible loss.

  • Neal and Shirley, I am so sad to hear about the loss of your son. I never met Bryan, but he sounds like a wonderful person with so much to give in life. My deepest sympathies for your families loss.

  • My deepest sympathies to Heather and the Lerner family. Sending love and support to all who knew Bryan.

  • This obituary is lovely. That you had to write is heart-breaking. Much love to you all. I’m so very sorry.

  • Neal, Shirley, Kevin and Heather. My heart breaks for you. You all have a community of people that love and care about you all. I am praying and thinking about you all

  • May the Lord Jesus be with you during thus difficult time.

    Eric & Nancy Stromberg

  • Shirley and Neal, words cannot express my sadness. Bryan was a wonderful young man and I am praying for you all. My son, Tom Welker, Jr also sends his condolences as he was friends with Bryan during all those years bowling. His charming personality will never be forgotten.

  • Neal and Shirley, I can’t find the words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. As a mom, I can only imagine the pain you are feeling. Please know that we are all praying for you and your family. Reading Bryan’s obituary, he was a wonderful, caring man with a bright future ahead of him. He really cared and was trying to make a difference in the world and will be missed. My heart and prayers go out to you. 🙏🏻

  • Our most sincere sympathies on Bryan’s passing. May his memory be for a blessing for those who knew and now mourn him.

  • Dear Heather and The Lerners,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with you in this difficult time.

  • Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Bryan’s family, friends, co-workers and all members of the Geist family. May God bless and cradle you all now and in the future. Bryan is at peace.

  • Neal & Shirley our prayers and thoughts are with you. God took another Angel.

  • There are no words to say that will ease your pain you are feeling, just that we are so sad to hear of your son’s passing! Our prayers are with you at this time!

  • Heather & the lerner family, so sorry for your loss, are deepest sympathy & prayers are with you. God bless.

  • May time provide healing and may you find comfort in one another. Jen Humbles, Lily, and Lincoln

  • Saying goodbye to a child is truely heartbreaking and we share your pain. May treasured memories of Bryan and the love of family and friends give you strength in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sometimes “sorry” just isn’t enough; my heart is heavy for Heather and Bryan’s family and loved ones. I am so, so incredibly sorry for the loss of this vibrant young man. I truly believe when someone makes such an impression and difference in this world, when they leave, there is a special place with the angels waiting for them. God bless. Strength and love to you Heather.

  • Neal, Shirley, Kevin and Heather
    Debbie and I are thinking of you and keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Even though we did not know Bryan, he was obviously a wonderful person who lived a full life and credit to his terrific parents and his family. Our deepest sympathies on your loss.

  • Shirley, Neal and Kevin,
    I cannot express my deepest condolences to you. I’m so broken hearted, for you and for Brian. He was such a wonderful addition as well as the Lerner family to Blue Hen Lanes. It was wonderful seeing him bowl and at work! Such an all around great young man! He’ll be missed by many!

  • What a lovely obituary message about this talented, hardworking, joyful young man. Shirley, Neal, Kevin, and Heather, we are all diminished by your great loss. Keeping you in our prayers.

  • My sincerest sympathy on your loss.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your Family.

  • Shirley and Neal: I am just heartbroken over news of Bryan’s passing. I know of your love for and pride in him through your Facebook postings. Please accept my sincere condolences on this horrible news.
    Lee Schwartz

  • The heaviness of your lose is immeasurable. May you find peace in your heart through the grace of God. Love-Terry Ratkowiak

  • I’m so very sorry Neal and Shirley. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Heather, so very sorry for your loss.😔 prayers.💖 to you and the family.
    Karen Boyer

  • Our deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • You have my deepest condolences. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

  • We are so sorry to hear about your loss , always know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, he will be missed by all who loved him , may his soul Rest In Peace and god give you strength in this time of sorrow. With our deepest condolences , The Berrios Family

  • Our hearts are so heavy over this news. We can’t begin to fathom the loss you are experiencing. We are praying for peace and comfort during this grieving process

  • Sharing in your sorrow.

  • Dear Neal and Shirley,
    We want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We cannot imagine the pain and grief you are going through with the loss of your cherished son, Bryan. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for the family.

  • My kids bowled on Saturday leagues with Bryan years ago. My heart is aching for Heather and the Lerner family. You have my very deepest sympathies. God Bless

  • Neal and Shirley, Tom and I extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bryan and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, during what I can only imagine a very difficult time

  • I have put this off all day, I really don’t know what to say. My heart goes out to the Lerner family. Why? This was a hard working conscientious young man that had a whole life ahead of him.
    I had the privilege of working with Bryan. He almost got me punched one time though. He was working a birthday party. The party boy’s game boy disappeared. He came to me and we watched the video tape. Without telling me, he went out and told dad. He came storming into my office demanding to know who took it. I had to calm him down and asked him to please let me handle the situation. Approached the father that found it on a game chair and returned it to it’s rightful owners. But, Bryan learned a lesson that day. Don’t jump to quickly. God Bless you Bryan, you will be missed.

  • Dear Heather and family to Bryan. I’m so sorry for your loss. By these messages I can see Bryan was a role model in every capacity of life.
    One great quote I have seen is “live a life that you would look up to yourself for,” and I can tell by all the messages here that Bryan did just that. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bryan was one of the nicest people I have ever met. There arent many people in this world I could say are 100% genuine, but he was one of them. Life doesnt make sense, and this confirms that. He was a strong attribute to society and to this world and I don’t understand why he was taken. 😢

  • I only had the opportunity to spend a short time working with Dr. Bryan Lerner. He was a great physician, compassionate, and attentive to his patients. He was a role model for his fellow interns and showed great promise. His loss is a tragedy to all of us. I hope that his family can keep his memories close to help them through this difficult time. He will be surely missed.

  • Heartbreaking news. Sincere condolences to Bryan’s family. Keep Bryan in your heart and celebrate his life.

  • So sorry to hear about Bryan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers for the comfort of God go out to the family, friends and fiance.

    Ann Garrison

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Bryan’s passing, God Bless. Love to your entire family, and please know that my family has Bryan and all of your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • My condolences to Bryan’s family at their loss of a fine young doctor who had already made a difference in this world.

  • I’m heartbroken. It was an honor to have known Bryan. He is and will be sorely missed by many.

  • Shirley and Neal,
    My prayers are with you both and your family.
    Love Dawn and Donte

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!

  • I met Bryan during my trip with Floating Doctors. He quickly became a buddy and we had so much fun on that trip. I enjoyed our conversations during our hikes and hearing all about his engagement and how dearly he loved his fiancé. I am so sad and shocked to hear of this news. I will never forget Bryan’s genuine kindness and quick wit. My deepest condolences to his family, fiancé and friends. I will be praying for you all.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine the pain. The keepsake tribute shown here is touching and beautiful. I will not be able to attend the service, but please know that you are in my heart and prayers and I will be with you in spirit.

  • Your obituary and pictures of Bryan are beautiful. What a wonderful young man. I feel like I knew him from all you wrote and the mix of pictures you picked out. I am praying for you all you all and you all are in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss💔

  • Very sorry for the loss of your beloved son. An accomplished young man who had a wonderful life. My deepest sympathies to the entire Lerner/Munroe family.
    Renee Cohen Purzycki

  • I’m so deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your son. May God keep his wings over you as you go through these difficult times in life. I will keep you and family in my prayers. God bless

  • Neal and Shirley, I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Peggy also expresses her condolences. Your family is in our prayers.

  • We can only share in the heartbreak and grief all of you must feel. It is an unfathomable loss. Thank you for sharing the beautiful video. Sending our love and support.

  • Bryan and Heather have been blessings in our lives, very much as if they are part of our family. We love them and will miss Bryan so much. To the Lerner family please know that our hearts break for you; To the Geist and Wessner families – we are close by and will always be here for you. To our dear Heather – we cherish you and pray God’s peace upon you. Love, Bob and Jean

  • My heartfelt sympathy to you all for your unexpected loss of such a wonderful son, brother, fiancé, Doctor and more. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers. -Beverly Wiles-

  • I’m sorry for your loss Shirley, Neal, and Kevin. I just found out right now. Prayers!

  • To the entire Lerner family we extend our deepest sympathies. Mark Rothman & Monica Sirtori

  • With love and prayers for you Shirley and your family.
    NSC Friend,
    Mary Ann Oakes

  • Words cannot express how shocked and saddened I am to learn of Bryan’s untimely death. I knew Bryan to be an exceptional person: intelligent, kind, humorous, and charismatic. In short: full of life. He was the sort of person who lit up the room as soon as he stepped in and made us laugh until our bellies hurt with witty banter. I am honored and privileged to have known him.
    My thoughts are prayers are with the family.

  • Neal and Shirley, so very sorry to hear this. Just heard. No words other than to send you my heartfelt condolences.

  • So very sorry for your incalculable loss…I knew Bryan as a medical student as Jefferson, he was always quick with a smile, was a creative thinker, and his passion and compassion for his chosen filed was readily apparent. Deepest condolences to family, friends, and med school colleagues….