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NORMAN DOLGOFF

Norman Dolgoff, born June 4, 1935, passed away at age 87 on June 14, 2022. A native Savannahian, Norman will be remembered as a devoted and loving family member, loyal friend, huge sports enthusiast, and gentle soul.

Mr. Sunshine, as Norman liked to call himself, was a man of character, principle, and integrity. He was very clear on right versus wrong. Norman was a true mensch, who performed acts of kindness naturally and without thought of reciprocity. He was a charmer and a jokester, a keen and insightful observer of people and the world, and exhibited a unique and funny combination of humility and ego. Norman never met a stranger, readily recalled faces and names, and as a result was blessed with a large circle of friends.

Norman was a proud alumnus of Benedictine Military Academy’s Class of 1953 and maintained friendships with his classmates throughout his life. After high school, he attended Armstrong where he received an Associate’s Degree and then the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University where he graduated with a B.S. in Education, majoring in Health and Physical Education. Norman also served in the U.S. Coast Guard prior to receiving his undergraduate degree. While working at the Houston Jewish Community Center as Assistant Director of Health and Physical Education, he earned his M.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Houston. It was in Houston that he met his beloved bride of 57 years, Sherry, whom he brought back to Savannah in 1969. Norman became the Health and Physical Education Director at the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) and served in that capacity 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 ability, Norman was awarded an athletic scholarship to BC and played both varsity football and basketball there. He won the 18-and-under city-wide tennis championship and was a badminton, ping pong, and handball champion in college where he played basketball and softball as well. He was an introducer of racquetball to Savannah and a regular leisure player of multiple sports as an adult.

An engaged member of his community, Norman served on the board of the JEA, volunteered with numerous charitable organizations, and helped out friends and family in need. A man of faith and committed to his Jewish heritage, he was a member of B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue.

Norman adored his roles as husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife Sherry Roth Dolgoff, parents Max and Matilda (Tillie) Dolgoff, brother Ralph Dolgoff, and sister Shirley Dolgoff. Surviving are his daughters Marcey Alter (Howard), Karen Hasson (Mark), and Laura Roberson (Terrell), grandchildren Taylor, Sarah, and Matthew, and 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 whom he cherished.

Remembrances: Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob, 5444 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31405  Savannah Jewish Federation, 5111 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31405

A graveside ceremony will take place at 9:00 am, Thursday, June 16, at Bonaventure Cemetery.

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Online Condolences

  1. Stanley Rosenberg says:

    What a gentleman he was. Norman was very easy to get to know and befriended everyone
    May he rest in peace forever.

  2. Brenda Rosenberg says:

    Stanley and I were sorry to hear that “Mr. Sunshine ” passed away. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Brenda and Stanley Rosenberg

  3. Norman Dolgoff says:

    To a loving and devoted family, The Fabre’s of Richmond Hill send heartfelt condolences, sympathy, love and prayers to the Dolgoffs.

  4. GINA ROBINSON says:

    IT WAS A PLEASURE TAKING CARE OF HIM. MY HEART IS SAD TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING. BUT HAPPY AS WELL TO KNOW THAT HE IS FINALLY AT PEACE. LOVE YOU MR NORMAN.

  5. Beth and Tony Buttimer says:

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Norman’s passing. There was never a single encounter, that we had with him, that was not fully enjoyed and appreciated. Always kind, caring and interested with a huge smile, to share. Mr. Norman was a one of a kind human being. We are better people having known him since childhood. Rest well, Mr. Norman.

  6. JOHN MELL says:

    JEA WILL NOT BE THE SAME NORMAN COACHING THE GUYS PLAYING RACQUETBALL HA HA MAY HE RIP JOHN F MELL

  7. Vera and Judy Hoffman says:

    What a nice man Norman was. Our deepest condolences to Marcey, Karen and Laura.

  8. Chuck Itzkovitz says:

    My friends from my youth are passing too fast.Although I don’t see them often, the memories are warm and deep. My deepest sympathy to the Dolgoff family, especially the 3 lovely daughter, whose menschen-ly parents taught them well. Chuck Itzkovitz

  9. Beth Childress says:

    Norman taught me to be the stronger swimmer in my class and all my life saving skills. He pushed me not to be such a shy kid and always gave me big “hugs” and smiles. He made me feel special as he obviously did so many others. I hadn’t seen him in years but wanted his children and family to know what a lasting effect he had on my life. I’ll never forget him or your mom. I’m sorry for your loss but you were so fortunate to have such loving parents.

  10. Cathy and Irvin Levine says:

    Norman was truly a wonderful person. We enjoyed seeing and speaking with him throughout the years. May his memory always and forever be for a blessing.

  11. Ron and Mindy Rubin says:

    It is a very sad day to learn of the passing of one of my most favorite cousins that we had and I had growing up when we visited Savannah every summer with my dad Irving Rubin. I remember all of the great times we had playing games and getting to see both Sherry and the girls when we came to Savannah. This is the last of my fathers 1st cousins and will be sorely missed. Both Sherry and Norman have now reunited in peace. My deepest sympathies to Marcy, Laura, and Karen as well as Mark, Howard and all the grandkids.

  12. Debbie Abram says:

    I am so sad and sorry for you in the loss of your beloved dad.

  13. Nancy Bracker says:

    So sorry to hear about your father. He was definitely a great Mr. Sunshine. May his memory always be a blessing.

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