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Norman A. Bleshman

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` NORMAN A. BLESHMAN Of Boynton Beach, Florida, 83 years old, passed away on February 13, 2009. Survived by his wife Janet Bleshman. Predeceased by Harriette Bleshman. Children: Patricia Bleshman of New Milford, NJ and Andree Rolfe (Andrew Rolfe) of Ridgewood, NJ; Suzan Blacher (Stephen Herz) of Miami, FL, Roberta Cohen of Great Neck, NY, and Adam Cohen (Iryna Cohen) of Port Washington, NY. Grandchildren: Jason Rolfe, David Rolfe, Evan Rolfe, Eric Blacher, Karen Blacher, Maksym Cohen, Marko Cohen. Norman grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School, Drexel University (B.S. in Electrical Engineering) and Farleigh Dickinson University (M.B.A.). As a licensed Professional Engineer, Norman worked for Ebasco Services, Inc. and PSE&G Co. 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 multiply 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 dated September 29, 1980 cited 'Norman A. Bleshman as a Leader in Serving the Handicapped Child'. As a resident of Boynton Beach, Norman was devoted to many different causes. In 1992, he served on the Palm Beach County School Board's committee to develop the curriculum based Vocational Assessment for Exceptional Children and as a mentor for the Special Needs Assistance Program at South Tech. in 1989. For ten years, Norman was a member and chair of the Construction Oversight and Review Committee. He was the district coordinator of SECME (Southeast Consortium for Minorities in Engineering) for many years. Norman was the chair of the School Advisory Council of the South Technical Education Center and served as chair of the Governing Board of the South Tech. Charter High School for Career Academies. In October, 2007, the School Board of Palm Beach County honored Norman for his 20 years of outstanding service and dedication to the Palm Beach County students and schools. As the founding president of the Temple Shaarei Shalom in 1992 (formerly known as The Reform Temple of Boynton Beach), Norman served the congregation with devotion and pride. Donations can be made to Temple Shaarei Shalom, 9085 Hagen Ranch Rd. Boynton Beach FL 33437, The Norman A. Bleshman School, 333 East Ridgewood Ave. Paramus, NJ 07652, or Southtech Academy 1300 SW 30th Ave. Boynton Beach, FL 33426. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
Published in The Palm Beach Post on Feb. 16, 2009
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