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  • "Dear Mary-Ann, I was so sorry to read of your loss. I send..."
    - Joan Gordon
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    - Sam J. Hobel
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HOBEL--Philip Sherman, 92, of New York City and East Hampton, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 23, surrounded by loving family and caregivers. Founder and owner of The Cinema Guild, Hobel-Leiterman Productions and Document Associates, and producer and distributor of scores of award-winning television series, documentaries and features, notably "Tender Mercies," which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and which won two. A Manhattan native, 1942 graduate of Columbia College, and proud U.S. Navy veteran, having served as a lieutenant in the Pacific theatre during WWII, he founded and operated the Cortland Furniture Company, a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of furniture, after the war and until 1970 when he entered the television and film business. Beloved husband of Mary-Ann (nee Hirsch) for 63 years, devoted father of Joseph (Marjorie), Michael (Michal), and Sara (Scott Mendel). Loving grandfather of Zachary and Samuel Hobel, Adam and Ethan Hobel, and Madeleine and Cleo Gordon. Dear son of Joseph and Celia Hobel (nee Goldberg) and loving brother of Bernice Hobel, who predeceased him. Philip will be deeply missed by his family and by his many friends and mentees. Services will be held graveside at Sharon Gardens, 273 Lakeview Ave, Valhalla, NY on Thursday, October 24 at 2:30pm. The family will receive visitors for Shiva and to celebrate Philip's life on Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 8pm at home in Manhattan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Philip's memory to the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University ( giveonline/?schoolstyle=523).

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 24, 2013
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