Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Alvin A. Kurzer

August 4, 1933July 2, 2020

Longtime Rhode Island resident Alvin A. Kurzer died peacefully at his Cranston home on July 2, surrounded by family. Al was born August 4, 1933.

The Brooklyn native was an engineer, entrepreneur, and artist. After graduating as the top textile engineer in his class from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1954, Al married the love of his life, Rosalind (Roz) Silverman Kurzer, in 1955.

After serving two years in the Air Force, Al moved to R.I. to set up a textile thread manufacturing business. Al went on to found Formtex Inc, manufacturing polyurethane reaction injection molding (RIM) products, such as shoe soles and armrests. Amongst many achievements, Al manufactured the inner soles for Nike sneakers; parts for heart valves; parts for NASA’s Apollo program; he was one of the first to put a design pattern in latex thread, which was used in the Playtex ‘Fingtertip Girdle.’

Al was incredibly accomplished, though quite modest, self-effacing, and very kind. Besides his professional achievements, he was a wrestler and gymnast in college; he also excelled in the martial arts, ice skating, and tennis. Al pivoted from manufacturing, completing his MFA at Rhode Island College in 1993. Al joined the Providence Art Club, where he was known as much for his wisdom, friendship and irreverent sense of humor, as was for his gift as an artist.

Al loved celebrating life with his family, sharing stories about his journey through life, his overseas trips with Roz, and the countless theatre productions and museums they attended. He was a great listener, mentor, open to all people, and never shy about sharing his opinion. Al was an avid fisherman, gardener, and dog-lover.

Alvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosalind Silverman Kurzer; his children Adam Kurzer (Phyllis), Arjan Khalsa (Waryam Singh), and Hilary Kurzer Farrow (Matt). Alvin is also survived by his grandchildren Harrison Kurzer (Jacqueline), Dylan Kurzer, and Grace Farrow.

A celebration of Alvin’s life will be held later.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.


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Alvin A. Kurzer

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Jone pasha Morrison

July 22, 2020

I am so very to hear of the passing of your great dear wonderful kind talented Alvin. Remembering his smile I do hope will bring comfort to you Roz. So sorry, Jone

Joan T. Boghossian

July 20, 2020

A wonderful artist of the Providence Art Club, and

also a gentlemen to everyone.

Vanessa Apostolou

July 18, 2020

Mrs. Kurzer, Adam, Arjan, and Hillary,
Reading your husband/father’s obituary brought me back to Summit Drive... the 60’s and 70’s, a simpler time, hanging out in the neighborhood, walking to (Glen Hills) school, Mr. and Mrs., taking, what seemed like daily walks, around the neighbor, always friendly, kind and welcoming, tennis sweater draped over their shoulders, such wonderful memories...
My sincere condolences to all of you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prays.

Mark Spellen

July 16, 2020

I only met Alvin a few times but thought him both wise and kind which are the 2 greatest gifts a person can contribute in life!

Norm Paquin

July 15, 2020

Dear Roz. Joan heard the sad news only today.
I always liked Alvins company. Very interesting to talk to and learned much from him.
May God comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
With complete sympathy, Norm Paquin

Rick Misbin

July 15, 2020

I remember, as if it were yesterday, wrestling on the beach with you in Belle Harbor. Amazing that we both ended up in Cranston, RI. rest in peace, old friend.

Sue Klas Wright

July 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to Al's family. I knew Al through the Providence Art Club. We shared many watercolor classes together, and I will always be grateful for his kindness and his smile. I will miss him.

Kerrin Mitchell

July 10, 2020

Dear Rosalind, Hillary, Matt, Grace and Family, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are so sorry to hear the passing of your husband, father, father-in law, and grandfather. No matter wherever he is, he'll always be watching over all of you. Thank you for your service Alvin !

Tom Altieri

July 7, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Kurzer family. I remember Al well, shopping at my clothing store GIAN.

Stephen Brainard

July 5, 2020

We are thankful for his service to our country.


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