Binder, Eliot M.
Died peacefully on August 1, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. The eighty-six years he enjoyed were spent in devoted service to his family and communities. After graduation from The Boston Latin School, Eliot enlisted in the Navy to aid his country's efforts in the Second World War. He returned to Boston at war's end, married the former Edyce Goldman, his loving wife of 66 years, and built a clothing manufacturing business with his late brothers, Arthur and Herbert. After moving his family to Milton in 1951, Eliot resumed his commitment to community by helping to build the town's first synagogue, serving on the town Warrant Committee and most significantly, presiding over the Boston Association for Retarded Children. Eliot would remain passionately devoted to serving the disabled and disadvantaged throughout his life, culminating in the creation of New England Village, a campus-based residential community for adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities, a Respite Care Center and finally, the Carolina Hill Shelter for homeless women and children in Marshfield. Eliot taught us to live with gusto. He enjoyed classical music, Broadway theatre, historical narrative, political debate and what he called 'the finer things in life". In addition to his wife, Edyce, he is survived by his three children and their families. A private memorial will be held in Tampa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: Carolina Hill, 728 Main Street, Marshfield, MA 02051.

Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 4, 2013