June 20, 1926 – September 6, 2020
Herbert Feinberg – Passed away peacefully at his home in New York City on September 6, 2020 at age 94. Herb was born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1926 to Dorothy & Harry Feinberg.
Herb graduated from PS 152 and then Midwood High School in 1944. He served in the US Army Air Corps from 1944-1946. After serving his country he graduated from University of Illinois in 1949 with a B.S. in Marketing and Management and a minor in Accounting. Upon his college graduation, Herb joined his father’s company, Monsieur Henri Wines, Ltd. Herb and his brother Maurice expanded the company into importing wines from Europe. After his father passed, his brother Frank joined the company and Herb and his beloved brothers owned and ran Monsieur Henri Wines. Herb was instrumental in developing the company’s two most important products. In 1964 at the NY World’s Fair, in the Spanish Pavilion, Herb observed the popularity of the sangria that was being made with his company’s Spanish wines. He immediately approached the company’s Spanish wine supplier to work with them to produce a bottled sangria that could be imported to the US. This was how Yago Sangria was developed by Monsieur Henri; it became the most popular sangria in the US. In 1958 Monsieur Henri began importing Stolichnaya into the US from the Soviet Union. In 1963 Herb traveled to Moscow to negotiate and sign the first of several contracts-in-perpetuity which granted Monsieur Henri the exclusive rights to Stolichnaya in the US and the Caribbean. In 1971 when PepsiCo wanted to sell Pepsi Cola in the USSR, there was no freely traded Russian currency, only the barter system, and in return the USSR wanted Pepsi to import Stolichnaya to the US. Given that the exclusive rights were already owned by Herb and his brothers, PepsiCo ended up buying Monsieur Henri and Herb and his brothers became major shareholders of PepsiCo. As part of that deal, Herb bought back Hudson Valley Wine Co, which his estate still owns. Since the sale of his company, Herb invested in, owned, and operated many businesses. He also was an active and generous philanthropist, with perhaps his capstone project the establishment of The Herbert & Sandi Feinberg Interventional Cardiology Heart/Valve Center at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Additionally Herb established the Herbert Feinberg Family Foundation for his family to carry on his mission and help others after his death.
Herb had a tremendous zest for life and an amazing sense of humor. He also had a passion for travel, he and his beloved wife Sandi were always traveling to all points and ports around the world (and on The World). Herb also gained great joy in sharing this passion for travel with his children and grandchildren, and planned and took them on amazing family trips all around the world. While Herb also loved his global travels, he also loved a good trip to Costco (any Costco in any town he visited) and its hot dogs. Every one of his 7 grandchildren delighted in always finding very large containers of Costco candy in the closet in his bedroom.
Nothing was more important to Herb than his family. Herb is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Sandi, his adored children, sons Mark and Harry (Pam), and daughters Candice (Feinberg) and Tara (Lipton), his loving 7 grandchildren: Alexandra (Kevin), Michele (Jonny), Holden, Landon, Piper, Noah, and Walker, and his 2 great grandchildren. Herb was predeceased by his oldest son, Michael.
The family will have a private graveside service. A memorial celebration will be planned and held at a later time when Herb’s friends and family can safely gather and celebrate his life.
You are welcome to tune into the funeral, as we will have a live stream via Zoom - please click the link below to join. The service will start promptly at 1:00pm ET.
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September 10, 2020
Dearest Sandi & family,
Herby will always hold a special & forever place in our hearts as our beloved, cherished cousin. He was always so kind, so much fun with a great sense of humor, & had such a great love for family !
Our thoughts, love & prayers are with you, always, now & forever !
Love, cousins Sherry Sherman, Carolyn & Ricky ❤️
September 8, 2020
Dearest Sandi and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Herby's passing. Herb was a very positive and loyal part of our family. He always truly cared for all of his family and friends. I have such great memories of visiting his parents house in Brooklyn and playing their as a child. Herb was always real- always! We loved him dearly.
Cousins Laura & Charles Zimmerman
September 8, 2020
Sandi and family
So sorry to hear of Herb's passing. He lived a long and full life. I am thankful he was a part of my life. I have many crazy and fun filled memories of him as a friend and Boss. May your good memories comfort you at this time.
September 8, 2020
Herb was my very best friend whom I will miss very much.
His charm, his sense of humor and his warm inclusiveness will be with me forever. Thank you Herb, for everything you meant for me.
Susan Sullivan Bisceglia
September 7, 2020
Dear Sandi and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Herb was a very special person. We will always remember him for his keen sense and generosity to others. A highly intelligent and successful man with a heart of gold. He will be forever in our hearts.
Susan, Paul, Brianna & Brendan
Sullivan-Bisceglia and Family