Herbert “Herb” Fogel



Herbert “Herb” Fogel, 79 of Narragansett and Delray Beach, Florida, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021, after suffering with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was the husband of Judith (Jacobson) Fogel for almost 50 years.

Born in Cranston, Herb was the son of the late Joseph and Lillian (Wine) Fogel.  He grew up in East Greenwich and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1959.  He attended Bryant College and served in the Army for 2 years, before joining the family business, Brown Tailors and Cleaners in East Greenwich, where he worked for 34 years, retiring in 2000.  It was truly a family business, working side by side with his parents, wife, and children, proudly serving the needs of the town and its many residents.

Herb’s brother, Bruce, instilled in him the love of travel and Herb, with his wife by his side, told everyone that he visited and toured 6 continents and over 80 countries!  Travel however, took second place to his family who were the love of his life.  He was always available to them and continuously bragged about his children and grandchildren.  He taught them to have a strong work ethic and a love of life.  His mantra was, “It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice!”

Herb was a loyal and true friend.  He never had a bad word to say about anyone.  Friends were like family; you nurtured and cared for them.  Among his friends were many he had known since kindergarten.  He was in gourmet dinner group for over 20 years, a theater group for over 25 years, and Florida friends for more than 20 years.

His parents were original members of Temple Sinai in Cranston where he belonged for many years and celebrated life cycle events.  Herb was a Boy Scout in Troop 2 East Greenwich, a member of the East Greenwich Jaycees and a former member of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.  For 18 years, Herb and Judy volunteered for Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach County, most recently at the Weisman Senior Center in Delray.

Herb was the beloved father of Jenny Miller (Craig Koehler) of Warwick, Jared Fogel (Kelly) of Rehoboth, MA, and Molly Fisher (John) of New York City.  He was “Poppy” to Lucy and Lily Miller, Jax and Drew Fogel and Jack Fisher.

Funeral Information – Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave., Providence.

Shiva will be observed at the home of Herb’s daughter, Jenny Miller on Wednesday 4-8 p.m. and Thursday 2-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818 or the Charity of your choice.


  1. Phyllis B. Solod
    May 31, 2021

    Dear Fogel Family,
    Sorry to learn of your loss. Herb always had a smile and very friendly.
    You will all have wonderful memories. May He Rest In Peace.
    Phyllis B. Solod

  2. Michael Friedman
    Jun 1, 2021

    The Friedman Family extends its most sincere condolences to the entire Fogel family.

  3. Amy Quinn
    Jun 1, 2021

    I am very sorry for your loss
    Amy Quinn

  4. Ana LaCroix
    Jun 1, 2021

    Jared, I am so sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Take care!

  5. Earle and Carol
    Jun 1, 2021

    We will miss him, his kind smile and beautiful hair.
    His special chocolate covered matzoh delivered every Passover with pride and good wishes will be remembered every Seder.
    The memories of the good times we shared will always be with us.
    May his memory be a blessing.
    With love,
    Carol & Earle

  6. Miriam Greenhut
    Jun 1, 2021

    Dear Judy, Jenny, Jared and Molly,
    Herb was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. My heart and prayers are with you. With love,
    Miriam Greenhut

  7. Leslie Van Patter
    Jun 1, 2021

    Jenny, I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family, and hugs to you. I’ll be thinking of you during this difficult week. xoxo

  8. Dr. Robert Miller
    Jun 1, 2021

    “I am truly sorry for your loss” is not enough for me to
    tell you all how saddened I am about Herb’s (BUZZY TO ME) passing. We knew each other since we were infants. Our love of cars was constantly present through out our first 20 years. Whenever we saw each other, some how automobiles would enter the conversation. Herb was a kind man and liked by all who knew him. He leaves a wonderful legacy, his family.

  9. Kara Kincade Sterling
    Jun 1, 2021

    My deepest sympathies to the whole Fogel family for your loss. I know how much Jenny loves her family. And from reading Mr. Fogel’s obituary I know where that love comes from. What a wonderful father, husband and community man he was. The world has lost a great one. You are all in my heart and prayers at this difficult time.

  10. Judith E Leonard
    Jun 1, 2021

    Dear Judy and family,
    It is with deepest sympathy that I send this note. Herb was a friend and classmate (K-12) in East Greenwich. I think I met him when I was four years old.
    He has been a vital part of the class of 1959 EGHS and the person who kept the class together, along with your support. Together you made a great team.!
    He will be missed by all.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Beverly Zartarian
    Jun 1, 2021

    Mark and I were saddened to hear of Herb’s passing. He was a true gentleman. We enjoyed his company at our Crestwood get togethers. Judy ,We hope your happy memories comfort you, Jenny, Molly and Jared during this sad time.

  12. Rosemary Kelly
    Jun 1, 2021

    My deepest condolences to Judy, Jenny and family. Herb was a gracious gentleman and I will always remember his kindness.

  13. Donna Rice
    Jun 1, 2021

    Judy and family;
    So sorry for your loss. May your memories help you get through this difficult time.
    Cliff and Donna Rice

  14. Linda Gershon
    Jun 1, 2021

    I was very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. Please accept our sincere sympathies. There is nothing easy about losing a parent.

    Please take care.
    Linda and Mike Gershon

  15. John holmes
    Jun 1, 2021

    My deepest sympathy goes to Herbs family. Herb was a gentleman of the first order.

  16. Susan and Vern Bryant
    Jun 1, 2021

    Although our lives have brought physical miles between us, we join you, Judy, and your family in remembering Herb forever in our hearts.
    Most sincerely,
    Susan and Vern Bryant

  17. Alice Tricarico
    Jun 1, 2021

    My sincere condolences to you and your family, Judy my dear friend. My thoughts and prayers across the miles.

  18. ruby shalansky
    Jun 1, 2021

    Judy, my condolences to you, Jenny, Jared and Molly.

  19. Lina
    Jun 1, 2021

    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  20. Mark Thompson
    Jun 1, 2021

    Herb was a prince, and helped make East Greenwich special back in the day. My condolences to his family.

  21. Wendy and Steve Buckler
    Jun 1, 2021

    We are so sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. He was a true gentleman. Our sincere condolences.

  22. victor volpe
    Jun 1, 2021

    My condolences to the family.

  23. Steve Levitt
    Jun 1, 2021

    My condolences to your family

  24. Kerri H. Friel
    Jun 1, 2021

    Thinking of you all. Herb was truly one of a kind. He will be missed by many.
    Our deepest sympathies.
    Kerri and Chris Friel

  25. Judith Stenberg
    Jun 1, 2021

    We send our sympathy to the Fogel family. It was always a pleasure to do business with Herb and his family. Main Street was not the same when Herb left.

    Judy and Art Stenberg

  26. Esta & Paul Avedisian
    Jun 1, 2021

    Judy and family,
    Sincere condolences on your loss. We always admired Herb’s magic touch with gardening.

  27. Bintou Chatterton
    Jun 2, 2021

    Sincere condolences to you and for family for your loss.
    Bintou Chatterton

  28. Michael McWilliams
    Jun 2, 2021


    Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Mike and Barb McWilliams

  29. Linda Bonaccorsi
    Jun 2, 2021

    Dear Judy,
    How sad to learn of your dear husband’s passing. I will always remember Herb’s warm smile, kind words, and courteous manner. He was truly a fine gentleman. It was always a pleasure talking with him, and all your beautiful family, when stopping in at Brown Cleaners.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Linda Bonaccorsi

  30. Special memories of a special person will never fade. A wonderful summer spent together on the high seas. Our thoughts and love are with you Judy as we share in your lost from afar
    Your Australian friends Malka and John

  31. David & Betty .Crow
    Jun 2, 2021

    sorry for your loss ..a very wonderful man.. praying

  32. Hope and Mary
    Jun 2, 2021

    Sweet cousins, we have so many happy fun memories of all the adventures we had together. Good laughs, family stories of our shared lives. Buzzy was our big cousin, and Judy his wingman, the glue that brought us all together. Your welcoming warm smile, bright twinkling eyes and always caring words are held in our hearts. Your memory is a blessing.

    • Joshua Crow
      Jun 6, 2021


  33. Judy Schoenfeld
    Jun 2, 2021

    Dear Judy,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Judy Schoenfeld

  34. How true that Herb & Judy cultivate friendships. Nearly 20 years ago, in Delray Beach, they become friends with our Mom when she moved into their neighborhood. Thru many beach days, evenings of plays and symphonies and even an occasional jaunt thru the thrift store racks a genuine bond developed. As such good friends to our Mom, they became friends to all her children. Herb and Judy shared our family celebrations and sorrows always with helping hands.
    Herb graced life with his smile and charm. Our family’s prayers are with all the Fogel family .
    Blessed be he who is in God’s trust and favor.

  35. Michael Zaino
    Jun 2, 2021

    Thinking of all of you especially Jenny. I am sorry for your loss. Herb was a wonderful person. Always enjoyed talking with him at the store and on the street.


  36. Wjcashore
    Jun 2, 2021

    What a wonderful man and wonderful family!
    We remember them well, as loyal customers of
    Brown Tailors and Cleansers. NO ONE could replace them when he left the business.
    We hope that his final illness preserved his kind and humanitarian instincts, and that he passed without pain.

  37. Sharon Brown
    Jun 3, 2021

    Dear Judy,
    Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Herb.
    We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Robert and Sharon Weiss Brown

  38. Jenn Mcmillan
    Jun 3, 2021

    Herb sounds like a truly special gentleman. I wish I’d gotten to know him but I’m fortunate to have befriended Molly in college and know well the loving and fun legacy he created in her and his amazing family. My heartfelt condolences to all the Fogels.
    Jenn McMillan

  39. BArbara Marden Bluto
    Jun 3, 2021

    So saddened by this news. Deep condolences to all the.family.

  40. Darlene Rossi
    Jun 3, 2021


    Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Darlene and Caroline Rossi

  41. Jane Charren
    Jun 4, 2021

    The world lost a kind soul
    So sorry for your loss

  42. Joan M Chadwell
    Jun 4, 2021

    Condolences to the Fogel family. Went to school with “Herbie” and did business at Browns on Main Street. His parents were lovely people. When Herbie and Judy ran the business it was always nice to stop in to chat for a while just to learn what was going on in our little town of EG. RIP Herbie.

  43. Joshua Crow
    Jun 6, 2021

    RIP Cousin Herb, I have so many great memories of visiting him and Judy in South Florida. My condolences to Judy and the family.

    Jun 6, 2021

    To all the Fogel Family, I loved my dear cousin, Herb, who I called Buzzie when we were children and we wrote letters to each other often. As we grew up in different parts of the country, he would always call every holiday and my birthday. We visited each other frequently throughout the years, and I always looked forward to being with the family. He and his brother, Bruce, will always be with me as I remember
    our fun times together and how gracious Herb and Judy were to us when we visited. May his memory be a blessing.

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