Obituary: Herbert Stein
Herbert Stein, a 35-year resident of Upper Montclair, died of old age on March 28, 2022, in Maplewood. He was 94.
Mr. Stein was born in Passaic in 1928 and graduated from Passaic High School in 1946. After two years in the U.S. Navy, he attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1952.
He eventually became a furniture wholesaler, putting about 25,000 miles per year on his cars, shuttling among department stores and furniture shops across the Garden State.
He married Elaine Wolf in 1955, and they lived in Rutherford until 1960 and Passaic until 1978, before settling in Upper Montclair through 2013. Mrs. Stein died in 2015.
Mr. Stein’s favorite pastime was following the football N.Y. Giants, whose games he attended religiously, starting with the 1958 NFL championship game at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Colts. He was also a fan of the Giants baseball team, even after the franchise sold its soul by moving west.
His favorite story involved him and his Navy buddies being thrown in jail for a few days for apparently arriving late after a youthful night on the town in New York City. As it turned out, they had arrived on time (barely), but the ship’s captain had decided to set sail early without giving them notice, resulting in their being found not guilty. Bread and water for three days; a story for a lifetime.
In addition to selling furniture for many years, Mr. Stein was a part-time volunteer driving instructor. Anytime he found other drivers moving too slowly in the left lane, he’d get up really close behind them and gesticulate wildly with his hands until the other driver realized what he was doing wrong. Herb knew the lesson was complete when the “student” gesticulated wildly in return, often mimicking the same hand signals he had used.
Mr. Stein is survived by two daughters, Lisa Manser (Karl) of Tenafly and Jill Vaccaro (Joseph) of Millburn; a son, Robert (Christine) of Vienna, Virginia; a sister, Nancy Dash; eight grandchildren, Rachel (Manser) Feinstein (Eric), Melissa (Manser) Paul (Lawrence), Jessica Vaccaro, Benjamin Vaccaro, Daniel Vaccaro, Anna Stein, Aidan Stein and Nora Stein, and two great-grandchildren, Stella Feinstein and Noah Paul.
Besides his wife, Elaine, he was predeceased by his mother, Anna Stein, and father, Leon Stein, as well as by a brother, Phillip Stein.
Arrangements were by East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Menorah Section, in Clifton.