Jacob Grossman

Death 13 Feb 1960 (aged 72)
Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Section 20 (Mt. of Olives) / Lot 360 / Space 4
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Jacob GROSSMAN, 72, of Quincy, vice-chairman of the board of directors of L. Grossman Sons, Inc., New England building materials firm, died yesterday at his home, 19 Russell Park, Quincy.

Born in Russia, he came to the United States at the age of three, traveling with his mother, brother and sister to Quincy, where his father had preceded them.

At the age of 12 he left school to toss rivets at Fore River Shipyard, a year later joining his father and a brother in the Grossman family business, which was then a salvage concern.

Throughout his long association with his family's enterprises, Jacob GROSSMAN was the company's "Road man," representing his family whenever traveling was necessary.

In 1928, when his father, Louis GROSSMAN, retired from the firm, Jacob became vice present, a position he held until 1948, when he became vice-chairman of the board.

Following World War I, when he engaged in large-scale purchases of government surplus materials, he was responsible for the firm's purchase of the Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot and the Coddington Point Naval Training Station at Newport, Rhode Island, moves which resulted in rapid expansion of the Grossman's building materials business.

Starting in 1925 with the purchase of the Wallaston Foundry, under Jacob's guidance GROSSMAN's purchased and converted many distressed properties. As a result of these activities, a subsidiary corporation, Grossman Industrial Enterprises, Inc., was formed in 1935 to handle real estate investments.

In 1933 he became a director of the Home Owners Cooperative Bank of Boston, serving also for many years as vice president of the Mount Vernon Cooperative Bank.

He was vice president of the Jewish Memorial Hospital, which he had served as a director for more than 15 years, and was chairman of the Hospital's building committee which directed the recent construction of the "Emily R. and Kivie Kaplan Wing."

He was president of Quincy's first synagogue, the Chevra Ashkomof Aboiker Synagogue on Water Street.

President of the Sharon-Knollwood Memorial Park, he served for 27 years as permanent secretary of Quincy chapter, Independent Order of B'rith Abraham. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a director of the Quincy Jewish Community Center. In November of 1959 he was named to the regional board of directors of the Red Cross for Israel.

He leaves two sons, Joseph B., 2nd and Morton S. both of Chestnut Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Ellen WALD of Chestnut Hill; three brothers, Reuben A. and Joseph B., both of Quincy, and Sidney W. of Brookline; four sisters, Mrs. Samuel FLEISHMAN and Mrs. Jacob J. MILCHEN, both of Quincy, Mrs. Louis HELLMAN of Newton and Mrs. Harry LEVINE of Brockton; and seven grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held today at his late residence, where Memorial Week will be observed.

(Published in The Boston Herald (MA), February 14, 1960.)


Private funeral services for Jacob GROSSMAN, 72, vice chairman of the board of directors of L. Grossman Son, Inc., lumber dealers, were held yesterday at his home, 19 Russell Pk, Quincy.

Rabbis Jacob Mann of Beth Israel Synagogue, Quincy, and David Jacobs of Beth El Synagogue, Quincy, officiated.

Interment was in Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial week is being observed at the Russell Park residence.

Mr. GROSSMAN died Saturday night at his home.

(Published in The Boston Herald (MA), February 15, 1960.)

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