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Norman Howard Greenberg

1917-2013 Norman Howard Greenberg passed away at his home in Bennington, Vermont on September 19, 2013. Norman, the son of Harry and Theresa Greenberg was born in Manchester, Vermont on September 23, 1917 and he would have turned 96 years old this Monday. In 1941 he married is beloved Selma "Sissy" Goldberg. They supported and cared for each other through nearly 70 years of marriage in Bennington and travels throughout the world. Norman graduated from Bennington High School in 1935. He was proud to have been a member of the high school marching band as a trombone player. From his early years he worked with his father in the family cattle and farm equipment business at their farm on Harwood Hill in Bennington. In 1949 he and his father decided to leave the cattle business and open a hardware store on Main Street in Bennington. H. Greenberg & Son became one of the first homecenters in the state providing hardware, paint, lumber, plumbing and heating, appliances, and housewares under one roof. The business eventually expanded to North Adams, Massachusetts and Albany, New York. Norman was active in the business into his 90s. During World War II Norman was a Sargent in the Vermont Home Guard. Norman became a board member of County National Bank in Bennington and was instrumental in bringing about its merger with the Chittenden Trust Company on whose executive board he served for many years. He was a founding member of the Greater Bennington Industrial Corporation. Norman also served on Governor Dean Davis, economic council, and on the boards of the Bennington Museum, Bennington College and Southern Vermont College. He and Selma provided land in Bennington to the New England Tropical Conservatory for the creation of the Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve. Norman was a member of the Bennington Rotary Club and the Masonic Lodge. His father, Harry was one of the founders of the Hebrew Congregation of Bennington (now Congregation Beth El) and Norman later served as president and a board member of the temple for several years. The well being of his family was paramount to Norman. Although a child of the Great Depression, he always maintained a positive attitude about life and about what his family and community could accomplish through hard work and good deeds. In later life he spent portions of every winter on the east coast of Florida, but he remained dedicated to his home town of Bennington where he was most comfortable. Norman is survived by one of his four siblings, his son Edward Greenberg and his wife Sharon of Hollywood, Florida, his son David Greenberg and his wife Jane of Burlington, Vermont and his son Steven Greenberg of Essex Fells, New Jersey. Norman also leaves his five grandchildren, Beth, Aaron, Lewis, Brie and Lee, as well as five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A grave site funeral will be held Sunday September 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont. Shiva will be held Monday September 23, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the home of David and Jane Greenberg, Memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Southern Vermont College, or the Congregation of Temple Sinai in South Burlington, Vermont through the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. To send condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.



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Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 21, 2013
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