March 6, 1931 – January 27, 2021
HOCHBERG, CYRIL, 89, passed away from a heart attack on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Born in Brooklyn, NY on March 6, 1931, he was the son of the late Saul and Helen (nee Retchin) Hochberg Lezberg, Russian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a Yiddish speaking home in Forest Hills, NY at the age of 12 his family moved to Fall River, MA to work in his uncle Jack Hochberg's textile factory. Prior to Cyril's bar mitzvah his father, who had studied to be a Rabbi in Poland, spent many evenings after work teaching him Hebrew. Cyril's second language was English and he was also proficient in German.
Graduating at the age of 16 from Durfee High School, Fall River, he was nicknamed "Slide Rule" for his mathematics proficiency and went on to Bryant College, Smithfield, RI and Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA. Cyril served in the U.S. Army from June 1954 to December 1955 in Mainz, Germany. He was a Specialist 2 in the 42nd Armored Infantry Battalion of the 2nd Armored Division aka "Hell on Wheels". Initially tasked with laying mortars, he leveraged his law degree to an office job where he processed court martials and other legal matters. During his Army Service in Germany, he obtained a Master of Law at the University of Mainz.
For over 40 years Cyril practiced corporate law in Boston, Cyril often conversed in Yiddish with clients to maintain confidentiality during business meetings. Whenever someone would drone on endlessly about minutia during a meeting, Cyril would say to his client softly in Yiddish: mi’redst, mi’redst und mir Shushkitzach. Translated: he talks and he talks but he says nothing.
Cyril loved snorkeling with his children during many Caribbean vacations, photography, and the classical music of Mozart and Beethoven. A fan of WGBH's Morning pro Musica radio show, he was laid to rest with the opening theme of chirping birds and Ottorino Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances Suite.
Cyril fulfilled his dream to live in the sunshine state and resided in Jacksonville, FL.
He is survived by his children Stephanie Mathiessen (Naples, FL), Stacey Quandt (Winchester, MA), and Stephen Hochberg (Seattle, WA); sister Tanya Wallick (Boynton Beach, FL); and companion of many years Sandra Simi, (Jacksonville, FL).
Donations in Cyril’s memory may be made to the Tanglewood Music Festival, www.tanglewood.org/contribute.
- Tanglewood Music Festival
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February 4, 2021
Steven, Stephanie, and Stacey,
We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.
Martha & Dale
February 4, 2021
Cyril was an old and very dear friend., whose companionship and loyalty were among my greatest privileges I shall miss his wise counsel and unique sense of humor. Heartfelt condolences to Stacey, Stephanie, Stephen, and Sandy from Janis and myself.
Boca Raton, Fl.