Sherman E. Fein ’49 died on October 29, 2022, in Portland, Maine.
(The following was provided by The Republican on November 1, 2022)
Springfield – Sherman Edward Fein (Shep) died peacefully on October 29, 2022. He was 94. Shep is survived by his wife of 67 years, Myra Becker Fein, and the beloved family they created together: daughters Dina Fein and her husband Danny Workman, Sara Levite and her husband Shai Levite; grandchildren Rachael Workman (Raz Gal), Willy Workman (Mary Anna Workman),Tehilah Reider (Rob Reider), Na’amah Jarnot (Jeoff Jarnot), Zohar Azoulay, Ben Levite (Lianna Donovan), and Jake Levite (Madi Levite); great grandchildren Rafa and Rio Gal, Cash Workman, Dallas Reider, Livi and Ezra Jarnot, Mia Levite, and Ayla Levite; and nephews Steve Perelman (Abby Perelman) and Jim Perelman (Sheri Perelman). Shep was predeceased by his middle daughter Julie Fein Azoulay, his first great grandchild Lila Reider, and his sister Phyllis Fein Perelman. Born on June 17, 1928 and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, Shep earned a B.A. at Bowdoin College, and his law degree at Boston University. Licensed in the States of Massachusetts and Maine and admitted to the United States Supreme Court, Shep practiced law for close to 70 years and was a founding partner in the law firm most recently known as Fein, Emond and Applebaum, P.C. Shep served his clients devotedly, taking their calls day and night, forming personal relationships with them, and making every effort to use the law meaningfully on their behalf. A life-long learner and always in search of new tools with which to assist others, Shep also earned a Master’s in Psychology from Springfield College, a Doctorate in Education from U.Mass, a Ph.D in Psychology from Kensington University, and a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Ross University. In the obituary that Shep took the opportunity to draft for himself long before it was necessary, he noted that friends jokingly said he had more degrees than a thermometer. His family suspects he just really loved business cards. Also fond of uniforms, Shep wore many: he joined the Merchant Marines at age 16, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He joined the Air Force Auxillary (Civil Air Patrol), and retired after fifty years of service with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Shep was proud of his military service and felt honored to represent his country in these roles. Shep was introduced to Costa Rica in the 1960’s and made close friends there whom he knew and loved for the rest of his life. He developed a distinguished diplomatic career, serving as Costa Rica’s Honorary Consul in Massachusetts from 1963 to 1999, and as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Nicaragua from 1999 until his death. Shep was a summer resident on Nantucket for 65 years. Traveling to the island at the end of the work-week gave Shep an opportunity to indulge his passion for aviation and more or less justify the purchase of various aircraft over the years. Shep was especially delighted to share this hobby and co-own planes with his law partner of over 40 years and dear friend, Marcel Emond. Shep and Myra were founding members of Shirat HaYam, the first organized Jewish congregation on Nantucket. As his final resting place, Shep has chosen the Nantucket Jewish Cemetery on Nantucket, where he will be buried next to his daughter Julie on November 6, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Especially towards the end of his life, Shep frequently noted that his was a “privileged class.” He was keenly aware that the comforts and pleasures available to him were not available to others – for no good reason. In lieu of flowers, Shep would have been very honored for those who mourn his loss to donate to an organization of their choice, one devoted to caring for those less fortunate than he. Shep loved his family more than anything, and loved his wife more than anyone. He lived a full, rich life, which lasted longer than he thought it would, and ended when it was time. He will be missed by many.