NORMAN J. GROSS

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GROSS--Norman J. Gross 1940-2013. Norman J. Gross was born on December 2, 1940, in Far Rockaway, New York. After attending local schools, he received a B.A. degree from Miami University of Ohio followed by a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. As a young man in New York, Norm started his career as a lawyer. Seeking more of a challenge, he embarked on the first of many diversified interests. Norm was founder, builder, and co-owner of the nationally renowned Wall Street Racquet Club. The distinctive tennis bubbles on the eastside piers were featured for many years in movies and New York City postcards. In the early 80's Norm started Diamond Portfolio, Ltd., the selling-arm of a major DeBeers sight buyer. Norm's firm was rated "Best" three years consecutively in an independent survey of 142 gem companies. In the mid 90's Norm accepted a special project in Boise, Idaho. Upon completion of this business, Norm realized Boise was where he wanted to settle. Never idle, Norm formed the Sleepy Hollow Construction Company and designed and built two houses. Norm enjoyed travel, hunting and deep sea fishing in Mexico during the winter. In Norm's last years he devoted all of his time and efforts to the Idaho Humane Society. The years spent in Boise were his "most content and happiest." Norm embraced life fully and with great enthusiasm. Norm will be remembered by many in New York and Boise. If anyone wishes to make a contribution in Norm's memory, please donate to the Easy Fund of the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 West Dorman Street, Boise, ID 83705. Norm is survived by a son, daughter, and grandchildren. At Norm's request, no services will be held.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 3, 2013