The Industry Loses a Legend

Rep David, CEO Ken, VP Sales Frank, Rep Michael - Spring Market 2008

It is with deep sorrow that we share this post with you. Michael Hersh, a longtime rep for Robert Kaufman and several other fabric manufacturers, passed away Saturday, July 30th after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Despite his failing health, and a testament to his dedication, Michael  attended his last Quilt Market this Spring in Salt Lake City in order to meet with his valued customers one last time.

Michael was an important part of the Robert Kaufman sales team. His sales territory combined much of the north east coast, including New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. He was a dear friend to many, including our own Harvey Kaufman who had this to share after receiving the news of his passing:

I will miss Michael.  We shared a journey together that I feel honored to have made with him.  We both shared the enthusiasm and passion to build the business.  He was with me from the beginning.  We pioneered together in building the company into what it is today.  His passion was contagious.  He was a dream come true in my eyes.  I feel very lucky to have shared my life with Michael.  I will miss him so very much.


Our Vice President of Sales, Frank Cappiello, Jr., who also enjoyed a close relationship with Michael, was the first to learn the news, and explained to the rest of the company here, "Our industry has lost a legend and Robert Kaufman a dear friend. He will truly be missed."

Here is the obituary from his family:

After a long battle with colon cancer Michael passed away on July 30, 2011 at the young age of 60. Born in Belle Harbor, NY, raised in Valley Stream, Long Island and has resided in Pennington, NJ since 1978. Predeceased by parents Nathan and Pearl Hersh and is survived by his wife Alice (Alie) Verbeyst Hersh, son Matthew and wife Marinn, son Phillip and fiancée Allie Gelfand, brother Markam and wife Sherry, and brother Jeffrey and wife Annie. Michael has many other surviving members of a large, loving family.

Michael graduated from Florida State University and was hired by Concord Fabrics as a Textile Sales Rep. He had the honor of working 35 years for Robert Kaufman Company and helped expand the business into cotton prints. During those years the company developed into one of the largest fabric companies in the industry. Michael enjoyed being a part of that journey. He also represented Andover Fabrics, Henry Glass, Michael Miller Fabrics and Oriole Textiles.

We're honored and grateful to have been a part of Michael's life. Thank you for letting us share a bit of his legacy with you.