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Harvey Sherman

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Harvey Sherman

Monroe - Harvey Sherman passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 16th due to complications from a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Harvey Sherman was born on September 15th, 1928 in Leeds, England and like his father and grandfather before him, he was trained as a professional tailor. Harvey grew up in, what was at the time, one of the largest Jewish communities in England. His synagogue, Jewish life, and his family were central parts of his childhood within the shadows of war-torn Europe and the atrocities of the Holocaust. At the close of World War II, and at the age of seventeen, Harvey was drafted into the Royal Airforce where he served proudly.

After the end of the war, Harvey began his career in one of England's most prestigious haberdasheries. Soon after, he made a dramatic change in his life and took a ship across the Atlantic Ocean to Farmingdale NJ. It was in New Jersey that Harvey began his adult life on the chicken farm of his Uncle Remel and Aunt Jean.

With his good looks, witty sense of humor, and charming British accent, Harvey quickly amassed a large group of friends and created a social life that would be the envy of most young men during the 1950s. However, it was on one fateful night in 1952, at a Hadassah post Yom Kippur dance, at the famed Berkley Carteret Hotel in Asbury Park New Jersey, that Harvey would meet the love of his life, Frances Barkan.

There was an obvious attraction and connection between the two; yet, their relationship would not immediately flourish into a passionate romance. There were misplaced phone numbers and inconvenient distractions that would present obstacles to a relationship that fate had already destined. It took three years, a life-time in the 1950s courting conventions, until the couple would eventually fall in love and marry on June 26th, 1955.

After a short stint in Jamesburg, New Jersey, the couple would eventually move to the resort shore town of Lakewood, NJ, which at the time was teaming with hotels and tourists who enjoyed the scenic and picturesque landscape. It was important for Harvey and Frances that they start their new life in a town with a strong Jewish community. Lakewood would be the ideal location for them to build a family and a business. With Harvey's expert tailoring and Frances business acumen, the two would grow, not only a family of four sons, but a very successful clothing store business.

People would come from miles around to shop at the store that was not only known for its high fashion, but for its impeccable customer service, free expert tailoring, and family atmosphere that has long become extinct with the advent of mega shopping malls and online shopping. Harvey's campy local radio spots were extremely popular and aired over WOBM in Toms River for many years.

After having educated their four sons, Harvey and Frances closed their family business in 1987 and moved to Old Bridge, NJ to be closer to the new lives their children had started. Harvey continued to use his craft in Old Bridge as he built a thriving tailoring business in his new community. In 2005, after several happy years in Old Bridge, Harvey and Frances would again create a new life for themselves by moving to the Adult Community of Renaissance in Monroe, NJ.

Harvey Sherman will forever be remembered by all those that knew him for his passionate political views, his witty sense of humor, and his distinct British accent.

Harvey's death is mourned by his wife Frances, his four sons Barry, Mark, Randy, and Craig, his daughters-in-laws, Lynn, Brenda, Michele, and Helena, and his grandchildren Adam, Sarah, her future husband Juan, Joshua, Arielle, Hannah, Samantha, Rachel, Aaron, and Alex as well as his sister Miriam and countless nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, 12/18/2017 at Congregation Bna'i Tikvah, 1001 Finnegans Lane North Brunswick NJ 08902. Interment followed at Beth Israel Cemetery/Woodbridge Memorial Gardens 1098 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to a .

Arrangements are under the direction of the Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel, 239 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 23, 2017
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