Hershel D. Bloom

March 24, 1949 - January 25, 2016
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Hershel D. Bloom, 66, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, January 25, 2016 in Schoenbrunn Health Care at New Philadelphia following a period of declining health.

A son of the late Jack A. and Shirley H. (Brown) Bloom, Hershel was born March 24, 1949 at Cleveland, Ohio.

Hershel worked at White Bird Clinic at Eugene,…

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Hershel D. Bloom, 66, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, January 25, 2016 in Schoenbrunn Health Care at New Philadelphia following a period of declining health.

A son of the late Jack A. and Shirley H. (Brown) Bloom, Hershel was born March 24, 1949 at Cleveland, Ohio.

Hershel worked at White Bird Clinic at Eugene, Oregon where he helped homeless people for 30 years.  He was also an accomplished artist and musician.

He is survived by two brothers, Gil Gaynesbloom and Barry Bloom and his wife, Linda; a sister-in-law, Terri Bloom; eight nieces and nephews, Kathleen, Pauline, Jonas, Scott, Shaun, Shantel, Leah and Josh and many dear friends in Eugene, Oregon.

Hershel was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jeff.

There will be no calling hours and cremation will take place through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia.


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Born: March 24, 1949
Died: January 25, 2016

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Dick McCune posted on 2/8/18

My wife and I were just talking about Hershel. We had the privilege of meeting him while we were performing at New Dawn Nursing Center in New Phila. He enjoyed our show, but we enjoyed him more. He was fascinating, he had great stories and you could tell he had a giant heart. He drew a picture of my wife and one of myself. The man made a great impression on both of us. God Bless Hershel.


Juergen Schieber posted on 6/26/17

I knew Hershel from my time in Eugene, Oregon, in the 80’s. I first met him one late night at Lenny’s Nosh Bar where he was in charge of the kitchen, and the famous 4 egg omlettes. In the years following I became to know him as an amazingly kind and caring human being that appeared to embody the spirit of Eugene (if we can call it that) at its best. Conversations we had at gatherings or when he took a break always left me with a feeling that now matter how miserable things (the world, life, the universe etc.) seemed to be – it was going to be ok. Whenever I hear the phrase “the power of positive thinking” Hershel comes to mind. Another thing I remember vividly is his ability to make drawings by simultaneously using both hands. It was miraculous to watch and is testament to a remarkable mind that eabled his amazing powers of empathy and intuition when connecting to others and life itself. When I visited Eugene several years ago I heard that he had moved back to Uhrichsville, Ohio, to be near family. I heard of his passing by chance, and although he is no longer with us, I am sure he would want us not to be sad but remember him at his best. So long Hershel. It was a privilege to know you. Say hello to Jym for me.


Brenda Mathiason posted on 8/23/16

Hershel was my counselor for 15 years , he helped me through homelessness and heartache he listened to my tears when I cried . And always helped me find the smile again he was my best friend my counselor and I loved him more than anyone I could ever think of. He taught me to be calm in crisis And you breathe when I was upset I got to speak with him one week before his passing he was still in high spirits though he felt like he was locked up where he was he loved us all and he missed Eugene so much God bless you Hershel and thank God ,finally happy days are here again and you're in heaven


Candi Dunn posted on 2/6/16

Hershel was a very dear friend of mine that will be sadly missed at Schoenbrunn Healthcare. He was a true inspiration to all he knew. He often spoke of his days in Eugene, Oregon and all of the wonderful things he done to help others. Unknowingly, he continued to help in ways he never knew. Hershel was a man with a kind heart and many talents and he will live on in my heart forever. ?


Susan Kay Anderson posted on 1/31/16

So sorry to hear about your loss of this artist, musician, and loving person. Hershel made Eugene the place it was and is, still, because of his generosity and love. Please rest in peace, gentle Hershel. Sending good thoughts to Hershel's family and friends. Sadness will pass. For now, sadness shows its flowers. Thinking of you, Hershel, and sending loving wishes to those left here on our beautiful Earth. Thanks for your songs!


Janet Maksymiak posted on 1/29/16

My dear friend Hershel I am filled with memories of our shared experience of having worked together at White Bird Clinic in Eugene Oregon. You so impressed me with your kindness and how that characteristic allowed you to break through all the walls that people would hide behind. You opened up the minds and hearts in every one that you encountered. You spread comfort and joy to the world. I am privileged to have lived during your lifetime. Knowing incomparable you was beyond belief; how fortunate I was to have this familiarity with your soul. You are a part of me and always will be. Love.


jan best posted on 1/29/16

Im so sorry for your loss. He was precious to me. He said i was his valentine for six years. It was my honor and pleasure to know Hershey. Jan best


Donna Riddle posted on 1/29/16

Hershel was one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. His ability to connect with others in such a close and meaningful way was a gift. I am sorry for you he left behind. His legacy will live on.


Tommy and Becky posted on 1/28/16

Hersch, I pray you know how many people loved you, and how many will truly miss you. You were such a blessing. Your artwork still hangs in our house. I'll miss you. Tommy will miss you. We were privileged to know you. Enjoy heaven. You can sit and chat with Plato, play tunes with John, and paint with Van Gogh. Love ya, Hersch.


Ron Nunemaker posted on 1/28/16

"Thanks for being alive" Hershel - and especially your boundless cheerfulness


Neal Phile posted on 1/27/16

I was lucky enough to meet Hershel while I was working at Schoenbrunn Healthcare in 2014/2015. I have never met a kinder nor a more talented man. I would visit him every day on my lunch break and he would tell me of his days in Eugene Oregon and of all the amazing things he did throughout his life. I feel so privileged to have gotten to know him over the past year. He was truly one of the kindest souls on the planet and never received true recognition for his talent. I am lucky to have known him, even for the short time that I did and I will miss going to visit him. From now on, every time I listen to Bob Dylan's Just Like A Woman or Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat I will think of him and smile and remember the days where we played our guitars to combat the boredom and monotony of life. He changed me so much, and I like to think that I left a mark on him as well. Goodbye my good friend. I love you and I'll be seeing you...


Joseph Newton posted on 1/27/16

The Earth is missing a wonderful soul now. I remember Hershel from back in the day, when he was volunteering at White Bird and spent a lot of time at the High St. Coffee Gallery.He was always so caring, and would go out of his way to help and reach out. Hershel, you will be missed.


norma sax posted on 1/27/16

hershel, i'll never forget you and the friendship we shared. your compassion, empathy and kindness were life lessons for us all. the stars are brighter now because you're among them. thank you for being in all of our lives. norma


Sara Williams posted on 1/27/16

Hershel life is a little more dim without knowing you are putting a smile, expression or planting a psychedelic seed for this world's conscious. What a gift you gave us. Experimenting with words and self expression. Reminding us that there is always room to grow and manifest into something wonderful. At least create one GREAT moment to enjoy and bounce from. In order to create more. Being a young woman walking around Eugene trying to find something more, you use to stop and talk to me on 13th St and remind me that I was and will always be more. Just as I am. A shy young one going to Nosh Bar. Both you and Lenny always treated me as a precious jewel. Really! Leaving that time and growing up. There were times where it was just me. Granola girl alone in some big city for sure. Having those seeds planted from my great moments with you Hershel, I knew how to pick myself up. I new I would never stop growing, and, most of all, I didn't need an excuse or crutch to do so. I also know I am an amazing constant work in progress. Thanks to you Hershel. Sending wonderful thoughts your way. Sara Williams


Andy Adams posted on 1/27/16

I did not know Hershel but I have worked with his brother Barry for years now and from the stories Barry has shared I know he must have been a very kind and special soul. God bless your family all of you are in our prayers.


Ben Farrell posted on 1/27/16

Hershel was an interesting, kind, and generous man who touched many people here in Eugene. His smile and warmth were unforgettable. Ben Farrell Eugene, Oregon.


Scott Bloom posted on 1/26/16

I am lighting a candle for all your wonderful stories Uncle Hersh. You will be missed. You helped many unfortunate people in your life...you were such a giving soul. Rest in Peace


Shaun Bloom posted on 1/26/16

RIP Uncle Hersh, you where deffinatly one of a kind and I will forever cherish the memories I have of you. All the memories that I have of you have been nothing but great! I have never met an artist that could grab a pencil in both hands and draw some of the most amazing pictures while telling a story while doing it and explaining to me about your life experiences. I will pass my memories on to my daughter so she knows all about you and what a great person you were. You will be loved and greatly missed by many. Fly High Uncle Hersh and watch over are family until we meet again high in the heavens. Love Shaun