Norman Dolgoff, born June 4, 1935, died at age 87 on June 14, 2022. A native of Savannahian, Norman will be remembered as a devoted and loving member of the family, a loyal friend, a great sports enthusiast and a kind soul. gentle.
Mr. Sunshine, as Norman liked to call himself, was a man of character, principle and integrity. He was very clear about good versus evil. Norman was a true mensch, performing acts of kindness naturally and without regard for reciprocity. He was a charmer and prankster, a keen and discerning observer of people and the world, and displayed a unique and amusing combination of humility and ego. Norman never met a stranger, easily remembered faces and names, and as a result was blessed with a wide circle of friends.
Norman was a proud alumnus of the Benedictine Military Academy Class of 1953 and maintained lifelong friendships with his classmates. After high school, he attended Armstrong where he earned an associate degree, then the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University where he earned a BS in Education, majoring in Health and Physical Education. Norman also served in the US Coast Guard before receiving his undergraduate degree. While working at the Houston Jewish Community Center as the assistant director of health and physical education, he earned his master’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Houston. It was in Houston that he met his beloved wife of 57 years, Sherry, whom he brought back to Savannah in 1969. Norman became director of health and physical education at the Jewish Educational Alliance ( JEA) and held this position for several years before taking a position with the Georgia Department of Agriculture where he worked until his retirement.
Known in his younger years for his exceptional athletic abilities, Norman received an athletic scholarship to British Columbia and played college football and basketball there. He won the city’s 18-and-under tennis championship and was a college badminton, table tennis, and handball champion where he also played basketball and softball. He was a racquetball introducer in Savannah and a regular recreational player of several sports as an adult.
A committed member of his community, Norman has served on the JEA Board of Directors, volunteered with numerous charities and helped friends and family in need. A man of faith and attached to his Jewish heritage, he was a member of the B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue.
Norman loved his roles as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his wife Sherry Roth Dolgoff, his parents Max and Matilda (Tillie) Dolgoff, his brother Ralph Dolgoff and his sister Shirley Dolgoff. Surviving are his daughters Marcey Alter (Howard), Karen Hasson (Mark) and Laura Roberson (Terrell), his grandchildren Taylor, Sarah and Matthew and his great-granddaughter Layla; brother-in-law Leonard Roth and sisters-in-law Barbie Roth and Sylvia Dolgoff. He also leaves behind cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends he cherished.
Memories: Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob, 5444 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31405 Jewish Federation of Savannah, 5111 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31405
A funeral ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 16, at Bonaventure Cemetery.
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Posted on June 14, 2022
Posted in Savannah Morning News