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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