ALAN JOEL BERMAN (87) of Palm Coast, Florida, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021, in the company of his loved ones.
Alan was born in a car in route to the hospital in New York City on June 17, 1933, to Charles and Janet Berman. He grew up in Freeport, NY, where he grew to love and play baseball. He was offered a try-out with the famed Brooklyn Dodgers, which he was unable to accept having just enlisted in the U. S. Air Force where he was a Control Tower Operator during the Korean War. He earned the title of Southwest United States Ping Pong Champion during his tour of duty, as well as being one of “A Cast of Thousands” in the movie The Last Command which was being filmed near his Base. After leaving the service, he attended Adelphi University in Garden City NY, followed by graduation from Brooklyn Law School. He was a Freeport Village Prosecutor before opening a private practice, his most notable client being Heavy Weight Champion of the World Floyd Patterson. From private practice, he went on to become an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Hempstead. In 1991 he moved with his wife and children to Palm Coast. There he resumed his private practice, serving many members of the community on a wide variety of legal matters. He was a member of the Elks Club, the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and Korean War Veterans. He was an avid golfer having accumulated three holes in one, and humored his many golfing buddies by shouting “What’s over there?!” when the ball went other than where he had planned.
Alan is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Janet Berman, his brother Ronald H. Berman, and his son Douglas Ian Berman.
Alan is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Joan Martin Berman, and his children Randi of Philadelphia, Tamara (Eric) Rivera of North Carolina, and Adam of Palm Coast, Florida. A private service is being planned later in the Spring. Anyone who knew him knew he was a very generous man, and to those wishing to honor his memory with a donation, his family suggests either of two organizations closest to his heart: Disabled American Veterans or The Wounded Warrior Project.