Norman Ebenstein, a Boca Raton based real estate developer and philanthropist, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2016 at his home in Boca Raton, Florida. 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, brilliant intellect, and huge personality.
Norman was born October 23, 1928 in New York City, New York to Samuel and Jeannette Ebenstein and was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts with a deep connection to his Jewish heritage. Norman strongly believed in the importance of education and was extremely proud of the educational 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, shopping malls and multifamily residential properties. One of Norman's proudest achievements was the revitalization of Eden Center, a shopping district in Falls Church, Virginia, which became the cultural and social focal point of the Vietnamese-American community on the East Coast. This is but one of Norman's legacies that will continue for future generations. He also enjoyed contributing to regional and national non-profits, served as President for a 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 fast ball. 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.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Animal Rescue or Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL.
Services previously held.
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 28, 2016 —
1928 - 2016: EBENSTEIN, Norman A Boca Raton FL real estate developer and philanthropist, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 20, 2016 at the age of 88. Norman will be remembered for his love and devotion to family, his brilliant intellect, and huge personality. He formed Capital Commercial Properties and was joined by his son Douglas Ebenstein who helped him expand the company. A key achievement was the revitalization of Eden Center, a Falls Church VA shopping area that is a cultural and social hub of the Vietnamese-American community. Norman graduated from Phillips Exeter, Brown University and Boston University Law School. He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 65 years, daughter Jaime Ruth Ebenstein, son Douglas Ebenstein and his wife Robin, and grandchildren Lisa and Lori. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 22nd in Boca Raton.
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 22, 2016
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