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Joel N. Lippman, Businessman and Jewish community leader

Jan. 9, 1933 – Sept. 19, 2016

Joel N. Lippman, a lifelong Buffalo resident who was a leader of two Buffalo-area companies and active in the Jewish community, died Sept. 19 at his home after a brief illness. He was 83.

Mr. Lippman attended Masten High School before graduating from Hutchinson-Central High School in 1951. Upon graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served for two years during the Korean War.

Mr. Lippman then enrolled at the University of Buffalo, where he received a degree in business in 1956.

He joined DL-Banite Inc., a company founded by his father, and ran it for 35 years until its sale to Loctite Inc. in 1991.

Following a couple of years of extensive travel, Mr. Lippman returned to the business world with Empire-EMCO, where he served as president/CEO through 2009 and CEO until his 80th birthday.

In addition to his business success, Mr. Lippman was dedicated to the Jewish community. He served as president of the Jewish Community Center as well as the Buffalo Jewish Federation. He was also an ardent fundraiser for the United Jewish Appeal and made nearly a dozen mission trips to Israel on behalf of the federation. In his later years, Mr. Lippman became involved with the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee which assisted Jewish communities in Third World nations including India and African nations.

He was a skier and sailor, making annual trips to Colorado until he was 75. He maintained the same boat for 44 years in Youngstown.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Francie DeCarlo; two daughters, Susan Halpern and Nancy Israeli; a son, Mark; stepdaughters Alicia Michielli and Mara Hoffman; a sister, Arlene Goldstein; a brother, Melvin; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday.

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