Herman Shanker is a hero
Nov 28, 2012 | 3199 views | 2 2 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print

To the Editor:
I was speaking to my daughter Sandra recently and she said to me, “Daddy, did you see in the Bayonne Community News that the guy who was always at the A&P collecting by the exit doors died?”

I said, “Yes,” and I was deeply saddened and felt like I lost a family member or a close friend even though the only place I would see Herman Shanker was at the A&P. I saw him more recently sometimes at the Shop Rite. My daughter expressed the same feeling that I had when she saw the article.

We never really knew but cared for him and were often worried about his welfare when we didn’t see him. Our only conversations with him were usually “Hi, how are you doing?” and his response was, “Good, and how are you?” and “Thank you.”

We will always remember him as the very nice man who was always gracious and had a twinkle in his eyes. He will be missed, and his life should be a book or a movie as he was an inspiration to all.


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November 28, 2012
I must comment on this article. Very true! Herman truly was a hero! I also got to know him through daily talks at A&P and Shoprite. My daughter Riley went to visit Herman at the museum on 9th street on a trip with the girlscouts.

Herman as all the servicemen/woman are truly heros.

Herman was a very gracious, nice, sweet man. I am not even sure he knows just how many lives he has touched. I can only hope that he is reconnected with his men that went down in the airplane off of Hawii that Herman spoke of so lovingly with sadness in his eyes. I know that we truly miss him and his wonderful smile.

He will live on in the hearts of many.

Donna Quinn
Sue Shanker
September 30, 2017
I recently came across this article with your comments, and I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful thoughts, words and memories of my dad, Herman Shanker.