by Anura Guruge
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Norman Epstein is the father of Louis Epstein with whom I have collaborated on many topics papal and cardinalate since 2010.
Norman Epstein died at home in Kent, New York, on January 23rd 2015, the 23rd anniversary of his mother’s death, at age 83. He had suffered a variety of illnesses in recent years.
He was born in Brooklyn September 22nd 1931 to Louis and Rose (Silverman) Epstein. When he was a child the family bought the land surrounding the intersection usually shown on maps as “Mead’s Corners”, though the Epstein family has now owned the land (which they have named “Twin Brooks”) longer than the Meads, the Foshays who preceded them, or the Reddings after them. He moved there permanently in 1961 with his wife Turid, to whom he was married from 1957 to her death in 2011.
He was a graduate of Tilden High School in Brooklyn and was in the Army from 1952 to 1954, serving at Fort Dix. For some years he worked for his family’s chemical business in Brooklyn and New Jersey before selling his shares to his brothers.
He was a mechanical genius who was awarded patents on various locking devices, a tube sheet plug for heat exchanges, and surgical replacement joints. Other projects never realized included a fly-tying vise and a rotary engine with 70% thermal efficiency. He was a longtime amateur magician and a former competitive skiier and bicycle racer. For years he was a private pilot of single-engine airplanes. His hobbies included music, photography, and international cooking. He met his Norwegian wife in Paris when lighting a stage production (a talent he had first honed in Brooklyn) and they married in London.
He was a founding member and second president of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, and for years managed the family rental apartments at Twin Brooks, employing the same skills he used to build and design his own home there. Built as a summer colony by his father, he converted the bungalows to year-round rentals in the 1960s. He was active in various local political, environmental, and recycling groups.
He is survived by his son Louis of Twin Brooks, Kent, and a brother Edward of New Jersey and Florida. A daughter died in infancy in 1959.
Balsamo-Cordovano Funeral Home (845-225-2144) will conduct graveside services at 1 PM Friday, January 30th, at King David Memorial Gardens, Rose Hills Cemetery, Peekskill Hollow Road & Mill Street in Putnam Valley [New York].
Some of his patents. Check Google Patent Search.
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