To the Editor:
I was speaking to my daughter Sandra recently and she said to me, “Daddy, did you see in the Bayonne Community News that the guy who was always at the A&P collecting by the exit doors died?”
I said, “Yes,” and I was deeply saddened and felt like I lost a family member or a close friend even though the only place I would see Herman Shanker was at the A&P. I saw him more recently sometimes at the Shop Rite. My daughter expressed the same feeling that I had when she saw the article.
We never really knew but cared for him and were often worried about his welfare when we didn’t see him. Our only conversations with him were usually “Hi, how are you doing?” and his response was, “Good, and how are you?” and “Thank you.”
We will always remember him as the very nice man who was always gracious and had a twinkle in his eyes. He will be missed, and his life should be a book or a movie as he was an inspiration to all.
PETER A. SIEBEL SR.