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Norman J. Kasser, passed away November 11th, 2022. Born in Philadelphia on September 23rd, 1924 to Samuel and Pauline Kasser in Philadelphia, PA. From the age of 7 during the depression he sold magazines and newspapers and played football in the Pop Warner Football league. A member of the Central High School 178th graduating class, he continued his education at Pennsylvania State University where he played on the Varsity Basketball team until the Second World War began and he joined the U. S. Army Air Force and became a decorated Veteran. Norman was a loving father of Lori Kasser, Lisa (Robert W. Freedman) Kasser and Nina Kasser Sidell; a loving grandfather of Matthew, Raffi, Alexa and Daniel. Loving brother of Miri Mintz, Victor Kasser, the late Bernice Shechtman, Rosalyn Epstein and Shirlee Shapero. Loving fiancé of Ellen Charney. During his lifetime, Norman founded Norman Food Services Corporation, United States Vending Machine Corporation, ARA Services (now known as ARAMARK), Steer Inn and Steak Out Restaurant chains, Kasser Real Estate and Construction Corporation, The Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Europe, and co-founded Burn Brae Day Camp in Dresher. He was president of National Automatic Merchandising Association, Gordon Boat Company and Chris Craft Distributors, Greater Miami Israel Bonds, American Technion Society, Israel American Maccabiah Athletic Competition and YH-YWHA of Greater Miami. Chairman of Norman Kasser Industries, NJK Development Corporation, Greater Miami Committee on Youth, Hillel Foundation of University of Miami. He was a board member of the following organizations, American Athletic Union, Philadelphia Israel Bonds and Philadelphia Jewish Federation, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, National Trustees of Israel Bonds, Technion Israel Institution of Technology, Temple Judea – Coral Gables and the Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami, National Jewish Welfare Board, and the Israel Education Fund. Norman was an advisor to the US Senator Hubert Humphry, George McGovern, Henry (Scoop) Jackson and to Israel’s First prime minister, David Ben Gurion. He received an award from the Prime Minister Ben Gurion and President Chaim Weitzman for his outstanding service to Israel. Contributions in his memory may be made to Jewish National Fund, www.jnf.org.
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