Doris “Dodo” (Fain) Hirsch

Hirsch, Doris (Dodo) (Fain), 94, died on August 10, at Tockwotton on the Waterfront in East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Norton Hirsch. Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Tillie (Blacher) Fain and Benjamin Alfred Fain of Providence. She graduated from Pembroke College in 1944 and worked as a social worker in Providence upon graduation for three years. She joined and helped run Balfred Floor Covering Co., a family run floor covering distributor until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of Temple Beth El and Hadassah. She was the loving mother of Tobey Lee and her husband Tom Brennan of Brewster, MA and John and Susan Hirsch of Pawtucket. Loving grandmother of Benjamin and Erica Hirsch of Ellicott City, MD and Joshua and Sara Hirsch of Denver, CO. Cherished great grandmother of Zachary, Eliza and Nora. Beloved sister of the late Bernard I. Fain. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 13th at 12 noon at Lincoln Park Cemetery at 1469 Post Road, Warwick, RI. Shiva will be held at Tockwotton on the Waterfront on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Rogers Fund at Tockwotton on the Waterfront, 500 Waterfront Drive, East Providence, RI 02914.


  1. Tina Feldman
    Aug 11, 2017

    Dear John,Susie,Tobey, Tom and Family,
    Dodo was the epitome of class and elegance and one of my all time favorite people. I have many fond memories and I hope your own memories and stories bring you comfort during this time.


  2. Risy Berry Goldberg
    Aug 11, 2017

    I am sorry for your loss Susie and Jonny. Dodo surely created lots of excitement around Tockwotton. She added pleasure to the ladies. I enjoyed spending time with her there. FYI…as you know my mother really enjoyed your drop in visits on her when you were visiting Dodo. She will be missed.

  3. Paul & Debbie Formal
    Aug 11, 2017

    Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time of sorrow. Dodo was a great woman. She was a strong, brilliant business woman that was loved and respected by all. She was always thoughtful and sincerely cared about people. She was a fantastic role model that taught us so much. We will always love and miss her.
    Paul & Debbie

  4. nancy shuster
    Aug 12, 2017

    So sorry to learn Dodo died. She was so good to so many people. She will be missed. She helped me out when my mom died. Sending healing hugs to both Toby and John. Fondly, Nancy Shuster and Marty

  5. Claudia Sammartino-Smith
    Aug 13, 2017

    To Dodo’s family,
    Dodo was a member of the Pembroke group of social workers, along with my Mom, Enzina, Gloria Carbone LoPresti and Olga Antoniou. We were lucky to grow up around such an intelligent and resourceful group pf women, but Dodo was the fun one! We always looked forward to their gatherings when Dodo was in the mix. My condolences to you all.

  6. Maxine Goldin
    Aug 13, 2017

    Dodo was a very special person . My condolences to the family and friends who will miss miss her.

  7. Amy Levin
    Aug 14, 2017

    I feel so lucky to have had time in the presence of Dodo– what a wonderful person, and what a wonderful life! Her generosity, love, and warmth for her family and for those of us who became part of a larger adopted “family” lives in all of us. My condolences and love to all of you.

  8. denise slotoroff
    Aug 14, 2017

    Dear Family-
    This incredibly classy Lady leaves an indescribable void.
    These many years later, I still, as I often threatened her, want to sneak in her home and steal all her clothes! I know the laugh, the voice, the insight, and the generous heart full of love, will help sustain you now and continue to inspire you later.
    We will miss her too.
    love, jon and denise and family

  9. Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup
    Aug 16, 2017

    John, Tobey, Susan, and Tom: I was away until the last day on our annual road trip. Was going through news and saw that Dodo had passed away. I’m so sorry to have missed you all on Sunday and the ingathering to celebrate her life. Dodo was amazing, and Ricky and I cherish all the memories of her. Sending you love and comfort.

  10. Ricky Brightman
    Aug 17, 2017

    This classy lady was always curious about what could see and what she couldn’t. Like the “Little Prince”‘, Dodo always saw from the heart and brightened every room she was in. She will be remembered.

  11. Andi Brown
    Aug 25, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Dodo’s passing. She was a wonderful person – and also fun! I always got a kick out of talking to her. She was so kind towards my mother, who deeply cherished their friendship. My thoughts and warm wishes are with you during this difficult time.

  12. Richard handler
    Nov 15, 2017

    . She was a remarkable woman and I am truly sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of the time I spent with her,your father,and all of you. When I saw her in 2015 she made it seem as though no time had passed and the conversation just continued. it was one of the many gifts I cherished

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