Marvin Sparrow


Marvin Sparrow died on Thursday, June 28, 2018. He was 92 years old. Widowed 22 years ago, after 44 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his brother, Ephraim Sparrow, cousins, three children, Deborah, Joshua, and Ruth, two grandchildren, Mattias and Celine, his partner of the past 20 years, Hilda Bleyer, her children, grandchildren, and  their spouses, partners, and other family members. In his last days, he took great care to express his gratitude to his family, friends, and devoted caregivers. He was born on October 18, 1925, in Hartford, Connecticut to Charles Sparrow and Frieda Gottlieb Sparrow, and took great pride in their traditions, their affiliation with Workmen’s Circle, and the model they transmitted to him of generosity, moral compass, and humility. He was a graduate of M.I.T. and Harvard Law School, and a veteran of the Korean War. He devoted his entire career as an attorney to the law firm of Goulston and Storrs where he cherished many close and caring relationships. He was always passionately committed to the causes of social justice, civil rights for all and to world peace, and to these ends, dedicated himself to nonprofits and philanthropies, including many associated with the Jewish faith. Services at The Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will be held at his residence Monday thru Wednesday 5-7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy ( and the New Israel Fund (

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