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Sumner Alpert

April 10, 2022


Sumner Alpert, 95, passed away on April 10 at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, FL.  He was the son of Maurice Alpert and Lillian Silverman. He graduated from BMC Durfee High School in Fall River, MA in 1943. His older brother Stanley was killed in World War II. Mr. Alpert attended Brown University for one year, then enlisted in the Navy in 1944, training in communications at Sampson Naval Station. He shipped out from Norfolk, VA to Trinidad, attaining the rank of Radioman Third Class. He was discharged in 1946. Mr. Alpert returned to Brown to complete his education. There he met Arline Goodman who became his wife in 1950. They were married for fifty-nine years until Arline’s passing in 2009. He worked in the family wholesale candy and tobacco business until buying the mill housing the business and starting Alpert’s Storage Center.  After nine years, he sold the business and retired permanently. In addition to his successful career, Mr. Alpert was President of his Brown Class of 1949 for five years, and was also an active member of Temple Beth El, Fall River, serving on its board for 25 years.  He was also an avid tennis player and golfer, and in 2002, won the July Invitational Tournament. He also played saxophone and enjoyed all types of music. After his wife Arline died, Mr. Alpert moved to Sarasota as his primary residence. He met his companion Joyce Rosenthal and enjoyed many activities together including the Sarasota Jazz Club, SILL lectures, theatre, ballet, symphony, and volunteering at many local events. He was also active in the Jewish War Veterans of Sarasota. Sumner is survived by his four children Sherry Alpert (Jay Foley) of Canton, MA, Sandra Pankiw of Cranston, RI (Mitchell Pankiw-deceased), Bernard Alpert of Fall River, MA, Miriam (Mimi) Woodman (Michael Woodman) of Sudbury, MA, and grandchildren Alexander Pankiw (deceased), of Cleveland, OH, Rachel Pankiw of Cranston, RI, Lauren Pankiw (Monti Rivera) of Springfield, MA, Aaron Louison (Lisa-Marie Louison) of Mansfield, MA, and Nina Louison (Nachi Pendse) of La Jolla, CA.  Donations may be made in his memory to Temple Beth El, 385 High Street, Fall River, MA 02720, or Tidewell Sarasota Hospice House, 5957 Rand Road, Sarasota, FL 34238. His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 11:00am in Temple Beth El 385 High Street, Fall River, with a Live Stream option via his tribute page  Burial with Military Honors will follow in Temple Beth El Cemetery. Shiva will be held at the home of Sherry Alpert, 3 Riverview Road, Canton, MA on Thursday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Visits of consolation at her home on Monday, April 18, 7-9 p.m. All arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson Street, Fall River.

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