Paul Ginsburg, developer

Obituaries June 28, 2011 0 Comments

Paul Ginsburg, 91, of Wyncote, a real estate agent and developer, died May 21 of complications from an infection at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Ginsburg had been a partner in the firm of Ginsburg & Ginsburg, Realtors, with his father, Abraham, and brother Stanton. He was instrumental in moving the firm, into commercial real estate, developing shopping centers and apartment buildings and constructing a Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Glenside.

The firm, now at 92 Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, was eventually taken over by Mr. Ginsburg’s three sons, but he remained active in the business until shortly before his death.

Mr. Ginsburg served in the Army during World War II as a combat engineer and was involved in hand-to-hand combat with Japanese soldiers during the battle of Engineer Hill in 1943, which ended Japanese occupation of Attu in the Aleutian Islands. For his actions in this engagement, he was awarded the Bronze Star and a commendation by the commanding general of the Alaskan Department.

Raised in the Logan section of Philadelphia, Mr. Ginsburg graduated from Central High School, where he was a member of the wrestling and soccer teams. He attended Temple University while working for his father, who also owned a furniture store.

A Boy Scout in his youth, he was an assistant scoutmaster for several years in Mt. Airy, where he and his wife, the former Evelyn Greenberg, had lived for many years. He was past president of the Broad and Olney Business Association.

He raised funds for many organizations, including the Widener Memorial School for Handicapped Children, where he organized an annual Christmas party.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, Mr. Ginsburg is survived by sons Jay, Bruce and Don; a sister; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 110 S. Paca St. (3rd floor), Baltimore, MD 21201. – WF

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