Norman L. Stern died peacefully at home on March 12, 2018, a month short of his 97th birthday. He was working at his office and actively engaged until a week before his death.
Born in Philadelphia in 1921, he moved to San Francisco before his first birthday. He moved to Los Angeles in 1935 where he lived until his death. He was a graduate of Beverly Hills High School, Class of 1939, UCLA (a proud Pi Lambda Phi), Class of 1943, and USC Law School where he was awarded Order of the Coif, Class of 1948.
From 1943 to 1946 he served his country with distinction during World War II in the Army Air Corps.
Norman practiced law until the age of 90 and was known for having an encyclopedic knowledge of California Real Estate Law. Throughout his life he was active in the real estate development business, building single family homes, condominiums, apartment buildings, car washes, and office buildings throughout Southern California.
He was a founding member of Brentwood Country Club in 1948. He won the San Francisco Call Bulletin Junior Golf Championship in Lincoln Park in 1931 and 1932, fueling a lifelong passion for the sport.
Married to Wilma, the love of his life for 59 years, until her death four years ago, Norman was the beloved father of Greer Noble (Benjamin) and Bruce Stern. He was the adoring and very proud grandfather of Marielle Noble (Kevin Zanit). He is also survived by his sister, Carol Fein, his favorite niece, Geri Fein, his nephew, Kenneth Fein, and a large but close knit extended family.
Norman was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, who took both pride and pleasure in caring for his extended family. He was the rock of his family and was know for his integrity and his many quiet acts of mitzvot.
Services private. No Flowers. Donations may be made in honor of Norman’s extraordinary life to Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. He asked that his friends and family raise a glass and have a drink in his memory.