Samuel L. Torman

Torman, Samuel L., 80, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at RI Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Lois Barbara (Weiss) Torman. They were married for 55 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late David and Lena (Bander) Torman, he had lived in Cranston for 51 years. Sam was the Insurance Commission for the State of RI for over 35 years, retiring in 1989.  He was a member of Temple Am David, South Providence Hebrew Free Loan Assoc. and the Southeastern New England Antique Dealer Assoc. Sam volunteered as a driver for “Kosher Meals On Wheels.”  Devoted father of Hal Torman and his wife, Tina, of Reading, MA, Bruce Torman and his wife, Elaine, of Cranston, and Roberta Torman of Mandeville, LA. Dear brother of the late Herman Torman and Evelyn Fine. Loving grandfather of Rachel, Susan, Emily, Jennifer, and Elena. Funeral services will be held Monday at 3:00 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Louis & Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry, 100 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907. Due to the Passover holiday, shiva will be omitted.  For online condolences, please visit


  1. Beverly Manekofsky Paris
    Apr 13, 2014

    Dear Lois and family,
    I was very saddened to hear the news of your great loss, Sam Torman.
    I will miss seeing him around Warwick and Temple Beth Am.

    Beverly Paris

  2. Bob Schoenberg
    Apr 13, 2014

    Dear Lois,

    I am so sorry to hear about Sam.


  3. Louise and Ed Doucette
    Apr 13, 2014

    We send our deepest sympathy to you.Lois and family. It is hard to say farewell to Sam after 55 years. We remember him as a friendly neighbor whose kind voice responded to our calls. He will be missed by many as a caring person.

  4. Joyce and Sanford Miller
    Apr 13, 2014

    Dear Lois and family,
    Sorry to read of your sad loss of such a fine man.
    Joyce and Sanford Miller

  5. Julia Holz
    Apr 14, 2014

    Dear Lois and family,
    I am very sad to learn of Sam’s passing. We have shared wonderful times over the years and I will remember him as a generous host and a vibrant and witty man who knew how to enjoy life. My sincere condolences, Julia Benjamin Holz

  6. Lawrence Charap
    Apr 14, 2014

    Very sad news. My deepest condolences to all of you.

  7. Ruth Swope
    Apr 14, 2014

    Dear Elaine & Bruce,
    My thoughts and prayer are with you and the Torman family, at this time of lose of a father and friend.
    Peace and Love,
    Ruth Swope

  8. Jim Ruegg
    Apr 14, 2014

    My sincere condolences to your family. Sam was a true gentleman and was most helpful to me when I first moved to Rhode Island and began working for a local insurer. I know he will be sorely missed.

  9. Bonnie Bernstein
    Apr 14, 2014

    On behalf of the Northshore Jewish Congregation of Mandeville, Louisiana, I express our sincere condolences to Roberta, Ellie and the Torman family on the loss of Samuel. His dedication to Jewish organizations is carried on through Roberta’s volunteerism in our southern Jewish community. May his memory be a blessing.

  10. Anthony V. Arico
    Apr 14, 2014

    Dear Louis & Family:

    I’m very sorry to read of Sam’s passing. I worked with him for 13 years; he was the best ever as chief insurance examiner and as state insurance commissioner. He was liked and respected by his peers. He had a good sense of humor and it was a privilege to be associated with him. My sincere regrets.

  11. Vicki Pagliarini
    Apr 14, 2014

    So very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Vicki Pagliarini (yard sale friend)

  12. michelle and Marco Palombo, Jr
    Apr 15, 2014

    Dear Lois, Roberta, Hal and Bruce,

    We were so very sorry for your family’s loss.
    Mr. Torman will be truly missed.

    Yours truly,
    Michelle, Marco, Mollie and Marco

  13. Charlie and Karen McCaughey
    Apr 19, 2014

    We were both deeply saddened upon hearing the news of Sam’s passing. Our hearts go out to Lois and the rest of the family that Sam so dearly loved. We will surely miss our good friend. Karen and Charlie McCaughey.

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