NORTH ANDOVER — Mr. Norman H. Gerson, 95, of North Andover, and formerly of Haverhill, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at Merrimack Valley Hospital, after a brief illness.
He was a beloved life-long member of the Haverhill area community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Gerson was born in Haverhill on Nov. 3, 1915, the son of the late Bessie (Stoleski) and Charles M. Gerson.
Mr. Gerson was educated in the Haverhill Public Schools and received his B. A. from Amherst College in 1936.
During World War II he served in the United States Navy as a First Lieutenant. He was awarded the American Defense Ribbon, the American Area Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, and the Victory World War II Ribbon.
A well-known local businessman, he owned and operated the Gerson Furniture Company until his retirement in 2007.
He was a member of Temple Emanu-El. Mr. Gerson was also active in many organizations in Haverhill. He was an honorary member of the Haverhill Bank Board of Directors, the Haverhill Country Club, the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, and the Jewish War Veterans. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1996 by the Haverhill Rotary Club and received the Charles E. Billups Award from the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, and had served as President of the Haverhill Boys Club in l982.
He was a die-hard Red Sox fan, and enjoyed watching the Sox win the World Series with his friends at Ashland Farms.
He is survived by his sister, Miriam Gerson Hervitz of Harrisburg, Pa.; his nieces, Doris Sutz of New York City and Janet Lilienthal of Massachusetts; his nephew, Joel Hervitz of Harrisburg; four grandnieces, two grandnephews, two great-grand nephews, and a great-grand niece. Mr. Gerson is also survived by his very dear friends, Cathy and Larry Hicks.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral on Monday at noon, at Temple Emanu-El, Haverhill, followed by burial services at the Children of Israel Cemetery, Haverhill. Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are being made by the H. L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes of Haverhill/Bradford. Condolences to his family may be made at: www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.