Robert "Bob" Hertel

August 27, 1940November 6, 2012

Robert “Bob” Henry Hertel passed away on November 6, 2012 at home surrounded by family and friends. Born in Paterson, N.J. on August 27, 1940, Bob was preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth and Joseph Hertel.

Bob graduated from Seton Hall University, majoring in physical education. That would serve him well as an elementary school teacher, a police officer, and a United States Marine. The unexpected was his illustrious business career. Joining R. H. Macy Co., Inc. Executive Training Program in 1967, his early years included human resources and labor relations. Elected to the Board of Directors of the New York division in 1978, he then became executive vice president of Macy’s Atlanta, president and COO of Macy’s corporate buying division, president and CEO of M.C.O., and in 1991 was appointed senior vice president and director of operations of all operating divisions of R.H. Macy Co., Inc.

In 1997, Bob became president and CEO of the retail group for SKAB, a Saudi Arabian business conglomerate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After moving to Signal Mountain, TN in August 2000, Bob continued to work throughout the world until 2006.

Surviving Bob are his wife Mary McKenna Hertel, brothers Rev. Joseph Hertel, O.F.M., of St. Petersburg, FL and Gerald Hertel, of Paterson, N.J.

Of all his accomplishments, the one he was most proud of were his six daughters. They always knew that no matter what the situation, he was standing there, good or bad, to be their biggest fan and ally. They are Laura Brooker, Summerville, SC; Dana (Mark) Hample, Wellington, FL; Cindy (Brian) Ball, Social Circle, GA; Alex Collier, Atlanta, GA; Carrie and Samantha Hertel, Chattanooga, TN. He is also survived by niece Catherine Agnew, Chattanooga, TN and close family friend Semira (Anton) Hybl, Germantown, MD. Grandchildren are Ben, Andrew, Schuyler, Catie, Chandler and Jason.

Bob’s wicked sense of humor and stories of family, friends, and travels will be greatly missed in all of our lives. May he Rest in Peace.

The family wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation to Hospice of Chattanooga for their guidance, love and care.

Visitation will be Friday, November 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Chattanooga, TN. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Anthony’s Guild, The Franciscans, 135 W. 31st Street, New York, N.Y. 10001. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee.

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Jim Hannah

November 29, 2012

I am deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing. In the short time I knew him in Saudi Arabia, I found him to be a thoroughly decent Man, straightforward and honest. My thoughts are with all the family at this sad time.

Musallam Musallam

November 10, 2012

I knew Bob both as a friend and as a colleague. Bob always radiated trust and descency when he was around. It will be difficult for those who knew Bob at close, most notably his family.
Death is part of the cycle of life.
Bob raised a wondeful family whom he was greatly proud of and rightly so.
I will miss Bob greatly. My sincere condolences to Mary and the girls.
May you rest in Peace Bob.
Your friend

Philip Joseph

November 10, 2012

Dear Mary, Alex, Carry & Sam,
I am so saddened to hear the loss of Mr. Hertel who was a great boss and a guardian to me at SKAB, Warner Brothers. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless his soul and protect you and your family… Philip Joseph (Saudi Arabia)

November 10, 2012

My deepest sympathy to Bob's family. Will remember you in our prayers. Have many fond memories of Bob.
Larua, Dana & Cindys Aunt & Uncle
Jo & Pete Dykstra

Sherry Shapiro

November 9, 2012

Dear Mary and Family,
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Bob who was a great boss and friend to me at Macy's. I loved working with him because he knew how to be demanding while making you laugh and smile along the way. My fondest memory is how supportive he was to me when my dad died in 1984. He was a man who always knew the balance between work and family and kept everything in proper perspective. Tony and I wish you comfort and strength.
Sherry & Tony

Lewis Card

November 9, 2012

Mary, Sam & family,
Joseph & I are saddened by you loss & are prayers are that healing will come quickley & good memories will never fade.
God Bless,
Joseph & Lewie Card

November 9, 2012

Dear Hertel Family, So very, very sorry to hear of the loss of the wonderful man that will always be "Mr. Hertel" to me. He was by far the best boss I have ever had or will ever have. He had a heart of gold and I considered him part of my family. He made everything fun and special with his sense of humor. Thanksgiving Parades and Christmas were among my fondest memories. Even thru the tough times at Macy's, he always shined as a gentleman and a man of honor. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary, and girls. Love, Mary (Kelly) Conroy.

November 8, 2012

I was so sad to hear of Bob's passing after having known him through business when he lived in Saudi. My condolences to Mary and the rest of the family.
May this great human being rest in eternal peace. Ray Rohrbach, Surrey UK

Theresa Moore

November 8, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Hope you and the family find comfort in one another and stay close.

November 8, 2012

Dear Sam and family,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Please know that you are (all) in my thoughts and prayers. I love you, kiddo. "Once a Keith's Kid always a Keith's Kid." I'll be praying that you will all find peace and feel the loving prayers of friends and loved ones as well as God's loving, healing hand.
Mrs. K