A life-long Absecon island resident, Herb grew up in Atlantic City and attended Atlantic City High School. Upon graduation, Herb joined the US Navy, and served aboard ship as an Electrical Technician. After receiving his degree from Rutgers University, Herb joined the family retail business, expanding the business until his retirement. Herb built his own home in Longport in 1953, and with his wife, raised 3 children.
Herb has volunteered and headed various organizations in the education, civic, arts, and historical fields. He is the past President of the Longport Board of Education and co-founder of the Herb Stern Longport Scholarship Fund, named in his honor by Board Members.