Herbert Leonard Solup

June 2, 1940January 4, 2019

Herbert Leonard Solup, 78, of Randolph, MA entered into rest on Friday, January 4, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Faye (Garfinkle) Solup.

Herbert was born on June 2, 1940 in Providence, RI to the late Irving and Dorothy (Richman) Solup. He grew up in Fall River, MA and was often found at the family business, Irving’s Shoe, with his sister Brenda and brother Eddie. In 1958, Herb graduated from Durfee High School. After high school, he played gigs as a drummer in a jazz band. He then went on to attend Bryant College in Smithfield, RI, before joining the Army National Guard, where he saw active duty during the Berlin Crisis.

Herbert and his wife owned and operated Solup Shoecase in Malden, MA for nearly 40 years. Herbert was a Mason, and also a member of the Sharon Men’s Club, Temple B’nai Tikvah, Moses Mendelsohn, and Knights of Pythias. In his spare time, Herb loved going camping on the Cape, mowing his lawn and going to Old Silver Beach with his wife Faye and friends. He took pride in keeping a clean car, and was an avid fan of the antique car show. Some of the other activities that Herb liked to do were playing Scrabble, going out to dinner with friends, and spending time with his grandchildren. Herb also enjoyed spending quality time with his sister and her family down in Newport, RI. One of his other passions was food. He delighted in eating his daughter Luciana’s chicken parm, his wife Faye’s matzoh ball soup, and his sister-in-law Glenda’s catering specialities.

Herbert was a devoted father of Jeffrey Solup and his wife Ellen, Bethann Rawl and her husband Scott, and Luciana Mazzella and her husband Mario. He was a loving brother of Brenda Margolis and her late husband Maurice, the late Edwin Solup and his surviving wife Beverly, and brother-in-law of Glenda Blake and her late husband Bob. He was a cherished grandfather of Ashley, Emily, Ethan, Brianna, Angelina, Marisa, and Mario.

Funeral services will be held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington Street, Canton, MA on Sunday, January 6th at 12 Noon, followed by burial at Moses Mendelsohn Cemetery, 490 North Street, Randolph, MA.

Memorial observance will be at his late residence following the burial until 8PM and continuing on Monday 2-4PM and 6-8 PM and Tuesday 6-8PM. Minyan each night at 7PM.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, January 6, 2019

Herbert Leonard Solup

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Emily Solup

January 8, 2019

My papa was a great man; a wonderful husband, a caring brother, a devoted father, an excellent uncle, and a dedicated and supportive grandfather. He was my Papa - my go-to guy, the person I could always rely on to get directions and the weekly forecast. He was truly a lovely man. There were two things that my Papa was astounded by - how expensive everything is, and the incredible amount of traffic down to the Cape. He would tell me stories about how gas used to cost 15 cents, and how he bought his first car for $600 and had no idea how he was going to afford it.

I have so many fond memories of my papa that it is hard to choose just a few to talk about today. When I was a little girl, we would sit on the sand at Manomet Beach and eat italian ice. I think that my penchant for sweets came from him. He absolutely loved being at the beach, and many of our summers were spent at Old Silver Beach, eating chicken sandwiches with pickles from Oscars and swimming along the shoreline.

Growing up, Papa and Nan never missed a jazz band performance, dance recital, or theater production. At the end of every event, I would always have a beautiful bouquet, and $20 in my back pocket to “get something nice.” They would tell me how they were incredibly proud of me, and I felt so loved when I would see their faces in the audience, cheering me on.

Through all of our lives, me and my sister Ashley, my cousins Ethan, Brianna, Angelina, Marisa and Mario, Papa has been a constant guiding light and someone we could always turn to for advice and wisdom. Papa loved us all so deeply, and he was so incredibly proud of his grandchildren. He would always say to me, “Emily, you are so smart! I know you didn’t get that from me!” Although Papa has passed on, he left behind his legacy in us. He was a great man that lived his life authentically and to the fullest. He will continue to inspire me and everyone else whose lives he touched. He will be forever in our hearts.

Mary Feetham

January 7, 2019

I have so many memories of Herbie, and Faye of course, since we worked next door to each other for years. We had so many laughs together. Herbie fitted my four children for their first shoes. They are now 28, 27, 25 and 21. As a matter of fact their granddaughter and my daughter were born on the same day! That is a great memory I'm sure we all have especially since I wasn't due for 2 more weeks! ( I'm sorry Ashley, I didn't mean to steal your grandparents thunder. I would take that up with Lindsay if I were you. Lol.) We go back a long way, even further than that. I often think of both of you. Faye, my heart breaks for your loss and for Jeff and Bethann and their families. Herbie was a wonderful person! My love and condolences to all of you.