Jacob "Jay" Lipson, 92, a real estate broker and appraiser for more than 60 years, died Dec. 9. He was a resident of Garnet Valley, Pa., for the past five years and a resident of Havertown, Pa., for more than 50 years. He grew up in Southwest Philadelphia.
A World War II veteran, Lipson worked in the Navy Shipyard for 21⁄2 years helping build the S.S. New Jersey and S.S. Wisconsin. After serving his military responsibilities, he enlisted in the Army. He served tours of duty as a master sergeant on both the European and Pacific fronts.
In 1950, Lipson opened his first real estate office in West Philadelphia. His second office was in Upper Darby, Pa. He went on to get his real estate appraisal certification and taught real estate and appraisal courses for Temple and Penn State universities and the Delaware County Real Estate Board.
Lipson served as president of the West Philadelphia Real Estate Board, the Real Estate Appraisers, a local B’nai B’rith chapter, and the Lynnewood Park Civic Association.
Also a mason, he formed the first Town Watch group for his Havertown neighborhood and was active in the JCC Travel Club, organizing trips to Atlantic City.
Aside from his business accomplishments, Lipson had many hobbies and interests, including art.
Throughout his philanthropic life he chaired numerous organizations and committees. He remained an avid Philadelphia sports fan and was a Phillies season ticket holder for the past 32 years.
Lipson married the former Charlotte Deitch of Knoxville, Tenn., whom he met at Temple University, on July 8, 1951, at the Wynnefield Jewish Center in Philadelphia. The couple renewed their vows for their 60th anniversary.
In addition to his wife, Lipson is survived by daughters Linda Love and Judi Lipson Kunin; son Gary Lipson; brother Aaron Lipson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by an older brother, Dr. Albert Lipson.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.