Obituary of Harold Vogel
Harold Stanley Vogel, of Rio Grande, NJ, better known to his friends as Hal, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 19th. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 27, 1926, to Leona and Louis Vogel, he grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Hal enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1944 and was honorably discharged after WWII ended, in December 1945. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1961 and had a long career in private practice in both New York and New Jersey. He also served as Public Defender in Wildwood, New Jersey, for 25 years, not retiring until December 2017 at the age of 91.
A lifelong bridge player, Hal knew everything about the game and played in multiple games each week. He loved show business, jazz music and getting dressed up for dinner. He had a real eye for fashion. His signature drink was a Bourbon Manhattan. Hal was beloved for his humor and sharp wit, and would often break out in song—usually Broadway show tunes. He lived life on his own terms, often expressing how lucky he felt to be alive.
Hal is survived by his sons Steve, of Miami, FL and Doug, of Gilbert, AZ, his daughter Liz, of Los Angeles, CA, and his five beautiful granddaughters
The family wishes to thank Mrs. Sigrid Kidd, the Rasmussen family, and the Robinson family for their support and friendship, and all of Hal's bridge partners and worthy opponents over the years.
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