Ramon Brier Garfinkel, 85, a real estate developer and homebuilder, died Nov. 13. He was a resident of Philadelphia.
Garfinkel attended Central High School and interrupted college to serve in the Army during World War II as a surgical technician. After the war, he graduated from Penn State University.
Garfinkel struck out on his own and became a successful real estate developer and homebuilder. During his 50-year career, he built more than 1,000 housing units in the Greater Philadelphia area.
He was elected chairman of the board of the Homebuilders Association of Philadelphia, and appointed chairman of the Building Committee and construction manager for a major Jewish community center at the time — the Klein JCC in the Northeast.
Garfinkel also served on the board of directors of Federation Housing, and was a member of the Abington Township Planning Commission.
His interests included poetry and the Civil War. After retirement, he took courses at the University of Pennsylvania.
Garfinkel is survived by two daughters, Amy Mashberg and Susan Garfinkel; son Don Garfinkel; brother Marvin Garfinkel; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Elaine Honickman, and a brother, Alfred Garfinkel.
Memorial donations can be made online to: the Parkinson's Disease Foundation(www.pdf.org).