Robert Michael Hersch

May 29, 1950October 3, 2019

Robert Michael Hersch passed away at age 69 on October 3, 2019.

Robert was born in Philadelphia, PA to Sidney and Evelyn (Rosenberg) Hersch. He graduated from Abington High School and went on to receive a B.A in Political Science from American University in Washington D.C., a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Seattle University. He practiced law for 33 years in Tucson. He focused on working toward non-adversarial, collaborative resolutions to disputes of his clients.

On October 10, 1987 he married Trudy Walsh Hersch who was his shining light and the love of his life. He and Trudy enjoyed many wonderful travels all over the world. Robert loved all animals, in particular cats. He was also an avid music lover and enjoyed all kinds of jazz. He was a kind and compassionate spirit.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Evelyn Hersch and his nephew, Jonathan Schwartz. Robert is survived by his wife, Trudy; sister, Joan Schwartz of Boca Raton, Florida; niece, Allyson Schwartz Mazer; great nephew, Jonah Mazer and great niece Ella Mazer; all of Los Angeles, California; his great niece, JoAnna Palumbo of New Jersey and his beloved cats, Taylor, Darby and Anna Rose.

A celebration of life will be held at East Lawn Palms on Monday, November 4 2019, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary at PO Box 13508, Tucson, AZ, 85732.


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    Monday, November 4, 2019


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Audrey Sher-Walton

October 31, 2019

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Robert’s passing. Although we have not seen either Robert or Trudy in more years than seems possible, I have fond memories of our many fun times together. Robert was a kindhearted, intelligent, joyful soul who was so in love with Trudy. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Trudy as she struggles with her devastating loss. We wish you strength and peace during this time and going forward. Love, Audrey and Dennis

Sarah Wright

October 12, 2019

I was so saddened to hear about Robert’s illness and now his passing. We worked together on several collaborative cases over the years before his retirement. He always brought the highest level of professionalism and kindness and presence in cases in working with colleagues and his clients. I feel so blessed to have worked with him and gotten to know him. I loved hearing about his travels with Trudy. He brought so much decency to the legal profession. It was a pleasure to have known Robert and he is and will be deeply missed. Xo

Susan Dubow

October 12, 2019

We have all lost a kind and caring man. I met Robert in the early 80s and knew, as you did, Trudy, that he was special. I was so happy for him when you found each other and glad that you had each other for so long. His loss is a hole in all of our hearts.

Heather PYE

October 12, 2019

Thinking of you at this sad time, Joan. Deepest sympathy to all who loved Robert.

Gaya Zeiter

October 11, 2019

I knew Robert for many years in a networking group and he handled several legal procedures for us as well, always the professional. I appreciated all the work he did with collaborative law and helping everyone reach win-win results. He will be missed by all who knew him - a fine man who left us too soon.

Lauren Smith Klase

October 11, 2019

Robert Michael was always so good to me. Smart, respectful, animal lover and a person all should be so lucky to know! I was in multiple networking and business groups with Robert Michael. Mark and I send you good thoughts, condolences, prayers and many hugs to you, Trudy, and your family and friends....

Andrea McCully

October 11, 2019

I first knew Robert through business networking. He made me feel so comfortable and I always appreciated his cool calmness. One time I had the chance to sit with him and talk for a while. I learned there were a lot of things I admired about the man.

I will miss him. He was a special person and loved by many.

Maggie Gilmer

October 9, 2019

I was fortunate to work alongside Robert on the Hermitage Board for a short time, and I truly admired his kindness and generosity of spirit. Quite often during meetings someone would mention a person from the Tucson community, or even someone they'd met abroad on their travels, only to find that Robert knew them, as well. He seemed the type of person who nurtured lifelong acquaintances and never met a stranger. Robert always spoke lovingly about his wife Trudy, and he would light up when talking about her and their many travels together. I'm so grateful to have met Robert and consider myself better for having known him even for a short while. My condolences to his family and loved ones. The world has lost a truly joyous soul.

Marisa Maya

October 9, 2019

I had the pleasure of working and knowing Robert. Always a pleasure to be around; learned a lot from him. I will never forget the day we rescued his cat, Taylor. We found her at the office in the storage shed (we could never figure out how she got in there). We put her in a box and took her into the office. I vividly remember him putting her in the conference room and Robert rushing to call Trudy to talk to her about keeping her. He fell in love with this little kitten on the spot. They have had her ever since (circa 2006-07). He will be truly missed. My condolences for Trudy and his family. Rest peacefully, Robert.


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