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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Herbert J. Green

Herbert J. Green

November 6, 1932 - January 30, 2021

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

Service Date: Friday February 12th, 2021

Service Time: 10:00 am

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Herbert Joseph Green, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, proud businessman and whitefish enthusiast, died January 31, 2021 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Herb was born on November 6, 1932 in Paterson, N.J. to Benjamin and Jean Greenberg (which they would eventually shorten to Green). The family moved to Miami Beach, Fla. when Herb was 13.

Herb would go on to attend Miami Senior High School, where he played multiple sports, and the University of Miami. He married Claire (nee Behar) in Miami on March 13, 1954. They would go on to have two children: Stuart, born in 1955, and Sheryl, born in 1957. Herb was singularly devoted to Claire, the love of his life, and they were married for 49 years before she passed in 2003.

During the Korean War, Herb enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, and was honorably discharged in 1955.

Always with an eye for fashion—and known to look at a woman’s shoes before anything else when he met her for the first time—Herb began a long, successful career in the footwear business. He designed shoes along with Manolo Blahnik, Kenneth Cole and Steve Madden, traveling to Italy and around the world to source materials. He started a chain of retail shoe stores named Walk on the Wild Side and had outlets in all of the Jag Jeans stores in California, New York and Texas.

Herb loved traveling, not just for work, and would often regale friends and family members with tales of his trips around the world, complete with restaurant recommendations—even if some of them may have closed decades ago. He had a silky smooth voice like one of his favorites, Frank Sinatra, and loved to show it off, especially to his grandchildren.

Herb was also a huge sports fan who got great joy from watching his favorite teams, such as the Miami Hurricanes, but even more from coaching his grandchildren. He loved good wine and middlebrow food and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

Herb is survived by his children Stuart Green (Mary) and Sheryl Pressberg (Kenneth), as well as his grandchildren Matthew Pressberg (Jennifer), Erica Pressberg (Daniel), David Pressberg (Raquel) and Michael Green, and his great-grandchildren Charlotte Pressberg and Sophie Pressberg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Herb’s beloved wife, Claire Green.