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Norman Ebenstein, a Boca Raton real estate developer and philanthropist, passed away peacefully at his home on December 20, 2016. It is with great sadness and respect, and an enormous sense of loss, that we honor his extraordinary life. Norman will be remembered for his love and devotion to family, his brilliant intellect, and his huge personality. Norman was born October 23, 1928 in New York City to Samuel and Jeannette Ebenstein and was raised in Worcester, MA with a deep connection to his Jewish heritage. Norman strongly believed in the importance of education and was extremely proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He formed Capital Commercial Properties and served as its president for more than 50 years, building a portfolio of shopping centers, malls, and residential properties. One of Norman's key achievements was the revitalization of Eden Center, a shopping district in Falls Church, VA, which became the cultural and social focal point of the Vietnamese-American community on the East Coast. This is just one of Norman's legacies that will continue for future generations. He also enjoyed contributing to regional and national non-profits, served as President of his local chapter of B'nai B'rith, and created the Norman Ebenstein Foundation to support philanthropic activities. Norman graduated from Phillips Exeter and then received a degree in economics from Brown University where he pitched for the varsity baseball team and was feared for his fastball. While at Brown, he met Shirley Gorlick, to whom he was married for 65 years. Norman received his law degree from Boston University and enjoyed a successful legal career. He enjoyed tennis, placing 19th in New England's 45 and over rankings and continuing to play into his 80's. Norman is survived by his wife Shirley, his daughter Jaime Ruth Ebenstein, son Douglas Ebenstein and his wife Robin, and grandchildren Lisa Ebenstein and Lori Ebenstein. The family would like to thank Dr. David Levey for all the kindness and compassion he has shown during these very difficult times. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 22 at 3:00PM at Gardens Memorial Park, 4102 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Animal Rescue or Congregation B'nai Israel.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2016.
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October 12, 2017
of friends,
and family especially,
the love of our God
perhaps some words of comfort

these may bring

though, truly,
loss of a loved one whom we hold dear
the pain in our hearts ceases nev'r

that cruel paradox, the pain from loss and the memories of a loved one dear,

could it be that it is
those memories in which we find
some strength, some comfort, some peace of mind

l'chaim - your life, Norman, your legacy!
G Seward
December 30, 2016
I am truly sorry about the loss of your loved one. May the peace that comes from God strengthen and support the family to endure this difficult time. Deepest sympathies.
Jeremiah 29:11
December 29, 2016
Shirley, Doug and Jaime:I just learned of Norman's passing. Please accept my condolences on your loss. I have many pleasant memories of working with Norman on his retail properties in Virginia, Maryland and Ohio and on is leases for the law office in Hartford. I will miss speaking to him at Passover and New Years each year and hope to continue to greet Shirley at those times for years to come. Donald Bloch
December 28, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
December 27, 2016
My condolences to the family. I have fond memories of working for Norman.
Kenneth Paskowitz
December 23, 2016
Doug, I am saddened to learn of your father's passing. He (and you) were always kind and generous to me, especially when I first opened my law office. I hope you are well.
Best wishes,
Atty. Paul N. Shapera
330 Main St., 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
December 23, 2016
My condolences to the Ebenstein family. I will always remember Mr. Ebenstein as a very generous man.
Jenny Pawlus
December 23, 2016
To his family, I am so sorry. I will miss him forever. He had a special place in my heart and always will. I am so sad right now. Love always, Susie
Susan Curtis
December 22, 2016
To the family of Mr. Norman Ebenstein. Our god of love will bring you great comfort in this time of pain. Mathew 5:4
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