Herbert L. Bloom, 87


BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Herbert L. Bloom, of Boynton Beach, Fla. and East Greenwich, R.I., died December 16. He was the husband of Irma (Newman) Bloom.

Born in Dorchester, Mass., he was a son of the late William F. and Etta (Ross) Bloom. He was the brother of the late David Bloom and grandfather of the late Matthew Bloom.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Seabees in Okinawa; he was a life member of the Seabees Veterans of America and a past commander of Post #696 of the Jewish War Veterans of Milton, Mass.

Besides his wife of 62 years, he is survived by his son Richard and his wife, Linda (Bergantini), and daughters Laurie Golden and her husband, Brent, and Karen Deluty and her husband Edward.

He was the grandfather of Lindsey Golden and her fiancée Sorran Ford, Joshua Golden, Rachael Nicastro and her husband Samuel, Alexander Bloom and Alana and Evan Deluty.

He previously served as the CEO of Independent Glass and Independent Realty. He was a Mason and a Shriner for more than 60 years, a proud member of Euclid Lodge and a charter member as well as past captain of the Shrine Motor Corp. Herb also served as a State Senator, a member of Toastmasters of RI, a SCORE representative, a six-year board member of the National Glass Assn., and received the esteemed “Hank Award” for industry service. He was the first president/treasurer and organizer of the RI Glass Dealer’s Assn. and a member of the Touro Fraternal Assn.

He served for six years as chairman of the “Glass Show,” a national trade organization, as well as a member of the advisory council for the Department of Employment Security. He also served on the City of Cranston Highway Safety Committee. The Better Business Bureau honored him with a community service award. He was nominated for the Jefferson Award and worked on the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Development.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 20, at 1 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston. Burial will be in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, Mass. Contributions may be made to Shriners Burn Center in Boston and/or Temple Sinai.