NORMAN HOWARD GREENBERG BENNINGTON - Norman Howard Greenberg passed away at his home in Bennington on Sept. 19, 2013. Norman, the son of Harry and Theresa Greenberg was born in Manchester, Vt., on Sept. 23, 1917, and he would have turned 96 years old this Monday. In 1941, he married his 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 home centers in the state providing hardware, paint, lumber, plumbing and heating, appliances, and house wares under one roof. The business eventually expanded to North Adams, Mass., and Albany, N.Y. Norman was active in the business into his 90s. During World War II, Norman was a sergeant 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, Fla.; his son, David Greenberg and his wife, Jane, of Burlington; and his son, Steven Greenberg of Essex Fells, N.J. Norman also leaves his five grandchildren, Beth, Aaron, Lewis, Brie and Lee; as well as five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A grave site funeral will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. Shiva will be held Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the home of David and Jane Greenberg. To send condolences, visit www.sheafuneral homes.com. 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.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 21, 2013