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HIRSCH, HARRY 88 - of Cape May passed away peacefully and with dignity on Saturday, August 20th. Harry was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, a deeply admired businessman, and a highly respected member of the Cape May community. Born in Kucow, Poland in 1923, Harry was 15 years old when the Nazi army invaded Poland, and was imprisoned in Auschwitz one year later. He was one of the few members of his entire family of seven to have survived the horrors of the Holocaust. He and his wife, Sophie immigrated to the United States in 1950. After working as a carpenter in Philadelphia, Harry became a chicken farmer in Corbin City, and later owner of an egg and poultry distribution business in Wildwood. In 1966, Harry and Sophie built The Montreal Inn on Beach Drive in Cape May, which became the cornerstone of the Hirsch Group, a real estate development company with interests around Cape May County. In 2010, the Hirsch family paid tribute to its patriarch by naming the Montreal Inn's restaurant "Harry's Ocean Bar and Grille" in his honor. Despite the tragic circumstances of his early years, Harry built for himself a life of hard work, kindness, and virtue. His true passion was his family; he cherished his deep, binding relationship with his sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, all of whom will miss him immensely. He is survived by his sons, Larry (Miriam) and Joseph (Amy) and his grandchildren Evan, Jonathan, Sophie and Abbie, and his companion, Ruth Satt. He was predeceased by his wife Sophie, who died in 1975. Harry leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, perseverance, and survival. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 22nd, at 1:00 PM at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 North Swarthmore Avenue, in Ventnor. He will be interred at Alliance Cemetery in Norma. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood, Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township, or the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties in Margate. Arr. by ROTH-GOLDSTEINS' MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Atlantic City. www.rothgoldsteins.com

This obituary was originally published in The Press of Atlantic City.

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Harry, a man worth remembering

Our family has been coming to the Inn for 25 years. We missed seeing Harry this year. He was such a kind gentleman. We will remember him fondly each time we come to visit.

Harry, you were an amazing man. I remember as a child at the Montreal Inn watching you walk up and down the first floor patio in front of the rooms, smiling and talking to everyone. I love your hotel and the decade+ I spent coming there and appreciate the inspirational story of your life.

Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.

Best wishes to the Hirsch family. We send along all our good thought energies to you for celebrating the life of a dear one who moves on. My family and I have stayed at the Montreal Inn every summer from the first year Harry & Sophie opened, since I was 7 years old. Harry never missed an opportunity to connect with us kids, always asking for details of our day, and always having something kind to say. My father assisted in the building of the 3rd floor. We thought of Harry and Sophie...

Henry & Heather Buckhalter.
Harry was special. We remember him coming in for breakfast one morning. He noticed that guests were waiting to use the toasters, which were busy. Next morning he showed up with another one.

We starting vacationing at the Montreal Inn in the 1970's and Harry was always so welcoming and friendly that we have been back year after year for over 30 years now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Hirsch Family can be very proud to have had a man like Harry in their lives. My Family times happened back in the early 70's, before Sophie died, along with my Mom & Dad and Sister and her Family. Harry and Sophie along with their pet (of which all were welcomed back then) made us feel like we were truly their Family. We took a break coming to Cape May for awhile and started up again in the late 90's and have made it down ever since. My Grandchildren now have these fond memories and...

Having vacationed at the Montreal Inn for so many years, I can't imagine the place without Harry. He was a truly remarkable man. He will be missed by all those who knew him and the many who only knew of him through others. Our prayers are with Harry's family at this sad time.