Harold Bogart

February 26, 1951March 11, 2018

HAROLD "HAL" BOGART, age 67, was born February 26, 1951 and passed away March 11, 2018.

Beloved husband of Marjorie "Margie" Bogart (nee Wilcon); devoted father of Alison (Steve) Morgan, Caroline Bogart and Amy Bogart; loving grandfather of Ethan Cairns; dear brother of Bruce (Carrie) Bogart.

Funeral services were held at BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1985 S. TAYLOR RD., CLEVELAND HTS on Wednesday, March 14 at 11 AM. Interment Bet Olam Cemetery (Park Synagogue section).

The family will receive friends WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING SERVICES UNTIL 8 PM, THURSDAY FROM 1 - 4 AND 6 - 8 PM AND FRIDAY FROM 1 - 4 PM at the Bogart residence, 2029 Aldersgate Dr., Lyndhurst.

Contributions are suggested to the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center ( and The Gathering Place (

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John Bohnel

March 16, 2018

My deepest condolences to your family. I can only imagine how much Hal was loved and will be missed. Though we have spoken since the 40th Brush reunion, my fondness for Hal never waivered. We were 'homeroom' buddies all through Greenview and Brush. Hal was virtually always seated directly in front of me. (Bogart- Bohnel) one ever came between us!
Rare was the morning he didn't in some way make me smile and laugh. His humor was usually subtle, understated and ingenious. I can picture him leaning back, slightly turning his face in my direction and whispering a witty and clever comment on what the teacher was saying....alway in good taste. haha...while Hal was always 'a good boy'...often a sort of teacher's pet....I was often, ummmm..... 'playing on the tracks.'I've attach my HS senior photo....ha....which again I believe, was always right next to Hal's in the yearbook.
With a couple of tears I say goodbye to a great guy whom I'm proud to have called a friend. Prayers for peace to all of his close friends and family.
.....John Bohnel, Clinton NJ.

Jill Bernaciak

March 14, 2018

What a great friend, since 1986. We couldn't reconnect in recent years. The timing never was right. But we shared so many lunchtimes over the years and office chats. I am not sure why Long John Silver or Skyline Chili were his preferred destinations, but we'd certainly run into someone from AG there, making it all the more fun.
At the Research Department lunch table in the AG cafeteria, Hal would make regular "celebrity sightings" ("There's Tony Randall!"), aka the IT guy returning his trap to the conveyor belt and unaware of being observed. You always felt like you were in on a secret when you hung around with Hal.
Then there was the opening of 480E, making his and Maynard's commute so much easier. Hal videotaped them driving home; with him singing the graduation anthem. And, at Hal's request, we all brought our lunches to the conference room the following day to watch the tape, and hear the banter.
Hal was never too busy for you. And yes, he made every day fun. He found something special about everyone. In my case, he zero'ed in on my off-handed remark that I'd been a cheerleader. This, he could not believe, until we had a Sunday dinner at his and Margie's home, and he insisted that I prove my credentials with a triple cartwheel. I was happy to. Another memory. Check.
Thank you for being in our lives, dear friend. You are loved by so many. And we are so blessed for knowing you. Thank you to the family for making the video of the service available. See you tomorrow.

Loretta Kotnik

March 14, 2018

Knew Hal from American Greetings. While we never worked directly with each other our paths crossed all the time. Hal always had a smile and made one feel very important and that he was glad to see you. Over the years through his treatments could see he was challenged and yet the smile was still there and he was still glad to see you. Always felt the world needed more people like Hal. Am sorry to know it has one less. Hal was a very special person and am sorry for your family's loss.

Steve F

March 13, 2018

goodbye friend

Anna Summers

March 12, 2018

Dear Alison and family,
My heart aches for you all as I lost my father as well so I know how it feels. I am truly so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in all of the wonderful memories that have been made.
Sending hugs and prayers.

Anna S

Robin Beckerman Barr

March 12, 2018

Dear Margie and Family,
As Howard Ross and Gary Zimmerman shared in a group email, it was Hal that reunited the Rowland gang, whether intentionally or not. Every time I saw him over the past years, I somehow was surprised at his memory of our past, music and his humor! I wish I could remember more specifics from 4th grade on, or was it 3rd? I do know that he was my first school crush/love.....Thanks for planning the Rowland reunions and all the memories.
With love, Robin

Pat Matherne

March 12, 2018

I am sure anyone who knew Hal has a special memory of him. He was creative, funny and fun with a most wonderful sense of humor. When planning a farewell for a fellow employee Hal designed a Mr Rogers type of video where we all had on the same blue sweater. I think I still have a copy. We also shared a love of music. I will never hear a BeeGees song without thinking of Hal. Such a great family man! Rest in peace Hal. You did great!

Matt Baker

March 12, 2018

Hal was a remarkable man. Always positive, optimistic, and made everyone around him smile. He could make a stressful time at work into a productive, fun time.

My condolences to Margie, his daughters, and the whole Bogart family. May the memories easy the pain and know he made many people’s days a lot brighter.