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Sheldon Wolpin

AGE: 89 • Lakewood

Sheldon Wolpin, known as Mr. Lakewood for his encyclopedic knowledge of and deep affection for his home town, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 after a long illness surrounded by his family. He was 89. A life-long resident of Lakewood, Wolpin was chairman of the Lakewood Heritage Commission for most of its 25 year existence and led the effort to establish a permanent township historical museum. The Sheldon Wolpin Lakewood Historical Museum, located in the former Newman Prep School in Pine Park, is due to open next year. He was also the long-time owner of Wolpin's Furniture Store in Lakewood and Wolpin's Carriage House in Howell. Wolpin was born April 6, 1923, in Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood to Max and Pauline. His father emigrated to the Lakewood area in the early 1900s and made a living initially as a peddler of dry goods before opening a furniture and appliance store in downtown Lakewood. A graduate of Lakewood High School in 1940, Wolpin earned an associates' degree from Monmouth Junior College (now Monmouth University). He enlisted in the Navy at the start of World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade. In 1949, he married Edith Keizerstein. Wolpin ran the family furniture business for 33 years, first at his father's downtown Lakewood location before opening Wolpin's Carriage House in Howell Township in 1968. After retirement, Wolpin dedicated his life to preserving the rich heritage of his home town. Wolpin chaired the Lakewood High School All-Class Reunion during Lakewood's Centennial Celebration in 1992. He was a member of the board of the Lakewood High School Alumni Association and was instrumental in the publication of the high school's Alumni Directory. He was inducted into the Lakewood High School Hall of Fame in 2002. He and his wife Edith also conducted monthly historical tours of Lakewood for many years. Wolpin also served as chair of the retail division of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Lakewood Rotary Club since 1946, serving as its president from 1978-79. He was twice named Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He has been a member of the boards of directors of the Ocean County Center for the Arts (Strand Theater) and the Kimball Community Health Center. Wolpin was a long-time member of the board of trustees for Lakewood's Congregation Sons of Israel, serving as the synagogue's Men's Club president. As a member of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County, he chaired the Synagogue Division and worked on the Operation Exodus Campaign and the Israel 50th Anniversary Committee. He also served in a variety of capacities with the Lakewood Jewish War Veterans Post #178. He and his wife Edith were honored by the State of Israel Bonds in 1995.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edith; daughters, Ellen (Ron Cavalier) of East Haven, CT, Marilyn Wolpin (Paul Ellis) of Stamford, CT; sons, Stewart (Lizette Kodama) of New York City, and Richard (Sheryl) of Ocean, NJ, and one grandson, Matthew Ellis; a cousin, Susan Post; sister-in-law, Fay Kane, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 am at the Congregation Sons of Israel Holocaust Memorial Chapel, 613 Ramsey Ave., behind Lakewood High School, followed by interment at Mount Sinai Cemetery, Lakewood. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Belkoff-Goldstein Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lakewood Historical Society, P.O. Box 654, Lakewood, NJ, 08701-0654, or the Robbins Feldstein Post #178, P.O. Box 1447, Lakewood, NJ, 08701.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 19, 2012
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