Norman Epstein died at home in Kent 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
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 (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.