Paul G. Sussman
Paul G. Sussman, 81, of New Britain and Pompano Beach, FL. died on Saturday, (October 21, 2006). Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late Julius Benjamin Sussman and Lena Rose (Koppel) Sussman. He graduated New Britain High School in 1943, when he went into the Army and served the 82nd Combat Engineers for two and one-half,(2 1/2) years. He was honorably discharged in January 1946 and married his wonderful wife, Edythe, in February, to whom he has been married for 60 years. Paul was vice president of Sussman Giant Food, which was a family run business started in 1926 by his mother and father. Starting out as a very small grocery store, Paul and his two brothers expanded the business into a successful five store food chain. He and his brothers also became involved in real estate, which they successfully managed together under Sussman Realty. His favorite hobby was flying. He became a pilot in 1964, received his instrument rating, and at the age of 70 obtained his CFII rating as a certified flying instrument instructor. As a pilot, he took many trips, be it for lunch to Block Island, golf with his son, or to Florida and other destinations with his wife, Edie. Paul also loved music, playing a number of instruments, and had the natural talent to play any tune you requested. He had been an avid jogger and bike rider since the early sixties and was a legend around the New Britain Reservoir. For many years he ran in the Manchester Road Race and always was proud of his time. He even skydived at the age of 69. Paul served on the board of trustees at Temple B'nai Israel and was deeply involved in its operation. The Temple honored him as Man of the Year in the Spring of 1999 and in 1978 he was honored by the Israel Bond Drive. Paul leaves his wife, Edythe, of 60 years; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Lisa Sussman; twin daughters, Debra and Cheri Sussman; seven grandchildren, Matthew and Maria Loitz, Aaron and Shana Loitz, Eric and Bethany Sussman, and Alan Sussman; and five great grandchildren, Sarah, Nathan, Jacob, and Jaden Loitz, and Arielle Sussman. He was predeceased by his brothers, Harold and Bernard Sussman. Funeral at Temple B'nai Israel Monday, at 10 a.m. at 265 West Main St., New Britain with Burial in Beth Alom Cemetery, New Britain. Shiva will be observed at his home thru Sunday morning. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebrew Home and Hospital, 1 Abrahams Blvd., West Hartford. Weinstein Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

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