Schwartz, Nathan


Schwartz, Nathan “Norman”, 93, died Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Providence, RI. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia (Dworkin) Schwartz for 72 years. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Morris and Martha (Glassman) Schwartz, he most recently had lived in Pawtucket, previously residing in Delray Beach and Hollywood, FL, and Providence and Narragansett, RI. He was the owner of Schwartz Furniture Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1990.

Norman was a graduate of Central Falls High, Class of 1948 and a Korean Conflict Army veteran. He was a former member of Temple Emanu-El, a member of Jewish War Veterans – Reback-Weinstein Post, the Masons – Overseas Lodge, and past president of the RI Furniture Dealers Association.  Norman was an avid tennis player and enjoyed following his local sports teams.

Devoted father of Leonard Schwartz of North Providence, Gail Kelley of Pawtucket, and Rhonda Schwartz of Pawtucket and Narragansett. Dear brother of Tillie Orleck of Cranston and the late William Schwartz and Elaine Zundell. Loving grandfather of Jessica (Shane), Michael (Chelsea), Erika, and Matthew (Molly). Cherished great grandfather of Brady, Ezra, and Eisley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed at his late residence, on Malvern Avenue in Pawtucket, Wednesday 7-9 p.m., Thursday 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m., and Friday 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lifespan Cancer Institute, Development Office, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901 or to Community Autism Resources, 40A Dean Street, Taunton, MA 02780.

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  1. Vicki Gottlich
    Oct 30, 2023

    Rhonda and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Norman sounds like a remarkable person. His hard work and dedication comes through in all you do, Rhonda. May his memory be for a blessing.

    Vicki Gottlich

  2. Kathy Blessing
    Nov 1, 2023

    Dearest Gail,

    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time. May wonderful memories of your dad comfort you.

    Most warmly,
    Your Flanagan Library colleagues, James, Kathy, Marla, Pat, Carrie, and Heebe and all our student workers (Alexander, Christian, Everest, Grace, Linda, Loreille, Madison, Maggie, Maryam, Pran, and Tobi)

  3. Bonnie Gold
    Nov 2, 2023

    Thinking of you all. Such fond memories I have of growing up with your family. Sending love and healing thoughts to you at this time.

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