Harris Richard Sloane

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Obituaries

Delray Beach, Fla.—Harris Richard Sloane, 78, a resident of Boca Raton, Fla. and East Falmouth, Mass. (formerly of Virginia Beach, Va.), died peacefully in Delray Beach, Florida on July 4, 2022, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Randolph, Massachusetts on May 16, 1944 to the late Doris Kapstein Sloane and the late Dr. William Sloane, MD; they loved him so. He was also the adored son-in-law of the late Alan and Esther Fleder.

Harris was a loving, bright, talented, kind, caring, gentle soul with the biggest heart. He was beyond selfless, with a devotion to the needs of the community around him and a love for his family like no other. The consensus among friends was Harris was the most wonderful man in every respect. He was sincere, always thought of others first, treated everyone well, and did not have a mean bone in his body. A true mensch, he was respected and loved by all. A graduate of Thayer Academy, Brown University, and Columbia Business School, he worked in insurance, was an analyst at Chemical Bank in New York City, and for the past 40+ years worked as an independent real estate professional and business mediator.

A firm proponent of supporting his Tidewater and Woodfield communities, Harris served many organizations. He fulfilled multiple roles with the Beth Sholom Village culminating in his serving as president, active roles with Temple Israel leading up to vice president, chair of the tennis tournament for Norfolk Academy Field Day, chair of Super Sunday for United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, board member for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and a committee member at Woodfield Country Club, to name a few.

Harris was athletic and loved sports, especially skiing, tennis, and golf. He was an incredible pianist and enjoyed being on the water in any type of boat. Some of his happiest days were on the slopes or on Cape Cod with his family around him.

Harris is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Cheryl, and their adoring children, David and Debra. They were his entire world, and he was theirs. Everything he did in life was for them. Cheryl was the love of his life, and Harris is and will always remain hers. David and Debra were the stars in his eyes. Harris is also survived by his brother, Dr. Robert Sloane, MD (Brenda), his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gail Fleder, Eileen Kahn (Stewart), Lawrence Fleder (Anne), in addition to his nieces and nephews—Michele Sloane, Andrew, Steven (Jaime), and Laura Kahn, Emily, Kendall and Audrey Fleder, his great nieces, Sloane Schulze and Vera Kahn, and many cousins and friends. He cherished his family and friends so much, and he will be greatly missed by them all.

The funeral was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, with Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel officiating.

Contributions may be made in Harris’ memory to Beth Sholom Village, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, JARC, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left online at www.altmeyerfh.com.