Obituary of Dennis "Dan" Fogel
Dennis “Dan” Fogel of Margate, passed on August 11, 2021 in Atlantic City. Dan was born on June 21, 1948 at the Atlantic City Hospital, and spent most of his life in the place he loved most– Margate. Dan was a talented jazz musician by trade who contributed his heart and soul into his music as well as his interactions with this world. He was a force, full of life and a breath of fresh air to anyone who had the privilege to know him. You could always count on friendly and inspiring words from Dan no matter the situation. Dan was refreshing and genuine in all his interactions; never angry and never mean. Dan’s laugh was infectious! And his smile could warm the coldest of hearts – even the Grinch Who Stole Christmas never stood a chance against Dan’s inner warmth! He would befriend everyone he met everywhere he traveled. Dan was truly our guardian angel on earth, and now watches us as our angel in Heaven.
Dan is survived by his soulmate, partner-in-crime, and best friend - his wife, Margaret A. Fogel. The two were always at each other’s side, through all of life’s ups and downs. At any given moment you could find them getting into trouble somewhere, and giggling like children. Dan and Margaret had more fun and adventure than you could fit into 20 lifetimes! He is also survived by his (step) daughters, Kristine L. Tucker and Jennifer L. Tucker, sons-in-law, Joe T. Coughlan (Kristine) and Adam J. Geib (Jennifer), his most favorites – his grandchildren, Andrew McDermott and Cassi McDermott, his fur babies, Dani, Titan, and Ellie, his big brother, Joel Fogel and his wife Coty Fogel, and Bill Fogel and his wife Jody along with their children Aidan and Connor; Ellen Fogel Hasson and her husband Stosh Hasson along with their children Andrew, Kate and Jordyn; and Anna Fogel Eanes and her husband Jeff Eanes along with their children Jack and Lucas; nieces and nephews Gail Waldman, Dawn Smith, William Schoenstein, Leslie Corbett, Frank Schoenstein, Sandi Stevens, William A. Fogel, Ellen Hasson, Anna Eames, Jolina Ruckert, and many, many friends. Dan is currently partying in Heaven with his mother and father, Beatrice and William Fogel, sister Patsy Schoenstein, mother-in-law Lydia Marcano, and friends and family who went before him.
Dan loved life and enjoyed every minute he spent with us. He loved to travel, ready to leave on a moment’s notice to go anywhere, especially if the place was artistic or tropical in nature, if both, all the better. He could often be found during the winter at his St. Maarten residence tanning and jamming until he came back to Margate for the summer. His golden tan was always accompanied with a charismatic attitude that held a place in everyone’s heart. His wife, Margaret, was Dan’s first love - but his second love and longest love was the love of music.
Dan often had gigs at Chicken Bone Beach on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the summer, combining two of his passions – his hometown and his music. When he wasn’t cutting an album or performing in front of an audience, Dan would be hosting jam sessions at the house, surrounded by friends and fellow musicians. Dan started playing the piano at the age of 10, fell in love with the organ at age 11, and began playing jazz clubs in his pre-teen years. In addition to his solo albums, Dan jammed with the likes of Pat Martino, Odean Pope, Billy James, Eddie McFadden, Sunny Murray, Cecil Payne, Tony Ventura, Rufus Harley, Monette Sudler and Harvey Mason.
Ever the renaissance man, Dan also was passionate about art, religion, philosophy, and well – everything. Dan loved to learn about the world around him, which is reflected in his art. Dan pursued his art with an eager mind and continued on to have it displayed at galleries including, The Great Bay Art Gallery in Somers Point.
Dan was an incredible grandpa! The love he had for his grandchildren resonated in everything he did. He was a proud grandfather who loved spending as much time with Andrew and Cassi as possible. One of his favorite pastimes was going to the boardwalk with the kids to play golf or go to the arcade and eating his favorite foods with Andrew and Cassi afterwards. He loved Cassi’s cooking and was always excited for Cassi to cook his favorite dishes. When it was time to teach the kids how to drive, he fearlessly sat in the passenger seat while they took the wheel. He cheered them on from sports, to school, to anything and everything they did in life; and will continue to stand beside them and cheer them on throughout their lives.
Dan was a supportive and devoted father to his daughters, Kristine and Jennifer, who he loved very much. He would make them laugh with his constant playfulness, and just as quickly swoop in to take care of them in times of need.
Dan Fogel was the most amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend anyone could ever wish for. Although we are sad that he is no longer here with us, we are forever grateful to have had him in our lives. He made every person he knew better for knowing him. He will forever live in our hearts and memories, guiding and protecting us until we meet with him again.
Friends and family can pay their respects on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Sunday, August 22, 2021 from 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. with services to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home located at 1707 New Road, Linwood, New JerseyTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dennis "Dan" Fogel, please visit Tribute Store