Norman A. Bleshman

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BLESHMAN Norman A., 83, of Boynton Beach, Florida on February 13, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Janet Bleshman and his children, Patricia Bleshman of New Milford, Andree Rolfe (Andrew Rolfe) of Ridgewood, Suzan Blacher (Stephen Herz) of Miami, FL, Roberta Cohen of Great Neck, NY, and Adam Cohen (Iryna Cohen) of Port Washington, NY, along with grandchildren Jason Rolfe, David Rolfe, Evan Rolfe, Eric Blacher, Karen Blacher, Maksym Cohen, and Marko Cohen. He was predeceased by his first wife, Harriette Bleshman. Norman grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School, Drexel University (B.S. in Electrical Engineering) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (M.B.A). As a licensed Professional Engineer, Norman worked for Ebasco Services and Public Service Electric and Gas Company until his retirement in 1987.Norman devoted much of his time and energy to public education. In New Jersey, he served on the Bergenfield Board of Education (1962 - 1971). In 1968, he chaired the effort that resulted in the creation of public school districts to serve severely and multipli- handicapped children in local day schools. He then served on the Bergen County Special Services School Board from 1971 - 1987. In 1971, the New Jersey Legislature designated its first regional day school in Paramus as the Norman A. Bleshman Regional Day School. The Congressional Record of September 29, 1980 cited Norman A. Bleshman as "A Leader in Serving the Handicapped Child." After moving to Florida, Norman served on many committees for the Palm Beach County School Board. He was chair of the School Advisory Council of the South Technical Education Center and the governing board of the South Tech Charter High School for Career Academies. He was the founding president of Temple Shaarei Shalom of Boynton Beach. A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at Beth El Cemetery in Paramus. Memorial donations can be made to the Norman A. Bleshman Regional School, 333 E. Ridgewood Ave. in Paramus, NJ 07652; Temple Shaarei Shalom, 9085 Hagen Ranch Rd. in Boynton Beach, FL; or South Tech Charter High School, 1300 SW 30th St. in Boynton Beach, FL 33426.
Published in The Record on Feb. 17, 2009
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