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Paul E., of Hillsdale, NJ unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Born in Manhattan, NY, December 15, 1950 to Jack and Sylvia Berman and raised in Brooklyn, NY. As owner and founder of Focus Eye Health and Vision Care in Hackensack, he had been serving Bergen County since 1976. As a founder and Global Clinical Director of the Special Olympics' Opening Eyes and Healthy Athletes programs, Paul received many accolades including: the 2007 "Spirit Award for Special Lifetime Global Leadership in Promoting Human Dignity" and, in 2011, White House "Champions of Change" among many others. Opening Eyes has screened over 325,000 athletes since its inception in 2001. Paul's leadership has cultured a program with 20,000 volunteers in 80 countries, helping provide over 100,000 prescription eyeglasses to Special Olympic Athletes. Paul was also a member of Lion's Club International.
Surviving are his loving wife, Diane Berman (Hillsdale, NJ) his adoring children, Brent, Seth and Rebecca Berman, Jamie and AJ Bianco, Matt Lilien, Brian and Chelsea Lilien. His brother Steven Berman and wife Ellie Berman. His mother-in-law Bessye Shulman, and grandchildren Brooke Berman and Ryan Bianco.
Services will be held 12 noon Wednesday, November 13th at Gutterman and Musicant, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ
In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul's name to: Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington D.C. would be appreciated.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Nov. 12, 2013