Schwartz, Gilbert S.

Gilbert S. Schwartz U.S. Navy WWII
Gilbert S. Schwartz U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 6/1/1924
Died On: 7-Sep-19
Street Address: 760 Forest Avenue
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy-WWII

Veteran Code: USN-243

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Gilbert Sumner Schwartz

Gilbert Sumner Schwartz was born on June 1, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, to Florence L Sumner, age 25, and Emanuel Mandel Schwartz, age 25. He had one sister, Marjorie and in Rye his family lived at 760 Forest Avenue.

Gilbert was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1942 and attended Clarkson College before entering the Navy. He enlisted January 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War. While in basic training at Sampson Naval Base he contracted pneumonia and was given a medical discharge.

He was involved in real estate in NYC for many years after the war. Gil moved to Las Vegas in 1959 from Rye, NY. He joined the sheriff's mounted posse in 1961 and was honored to ride in John F. Kennedy's Presidential parade in Washington D.C. the same year. Gil also enjoyed working on the annual Helldorado Days festival. In 1964.

Gil started Sahara Realty which later became Sahara Realtors. Even though it became a large successful company, it never ceased to be a family business, with Gil's father Manny leading the commercial side and his son Rick working the residential side. During this time, he also worked in negotiating options to purchase parcels of land with Herb Nall, who represented Howard Hughes.

Gil held many high-ranking positions during his real estate career, both locally and nationally. Most notably, Gil served as president of the Las Vegas Board of Realtors in 1969, president of Nevada Association of Realtors in 1972 and was named Nevada Realtor of the Year in 1974. Gil was a director of the National Association of Realtors from 1970-1977 and served as regional vice president in 1974.

He was named Honorary Lifetime Member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors in 2004 and received the same honor from The Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa in 1980. Gil sold his company to Coldwell Banker in 1983 and retired shortly thereafter.

Gil met the love of his life, Norma, and they were married on New Year's Day 1984. They shared 35 blissful years of marriage, following their motto of "Live, Love, Laugh."

In 2016 Gil and Norma were invited to sit for an interview as part of the Building Las Vegas Oral History Project for the Oral History Research Center at UNLV. Their volume comprises 95 pages of memories and pictures from a most-interesting man who lived during a very transformative time and helped make Las Vegas the city it is today. Gil was celebrated by immediate family at his favorite restaurant and will be remembered forever.

Gilbert Sumner Schwartz, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gilbert Schwartz on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Henderson. He was 95 years old.

Gil was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Florence Schwartz; son, Rick Schwartz; and brother-in-law, Stephen Nordlinger. He leaves behind his wife, Norma; sister, Marjorie Nordlinger; daughters, Betsy Chock, Lisa Cobb (Lance), Debbie Foster (Mike); step-children, Ashley Wachsman (Lisa), Marea Wachsman (David) and Melissa Galkin; grandchildren, Brittany, Tyler (Amanda), Tanner, Erin, Emily, Alex, David, Jeremy, Michael, Bina; great-grandson, Carson; and his nephew, Wint.

Bio Brief:
Gilbert S. Schwartz was born in NYC on June 1, 1924. RHS Class of 42. Enlisted in Navy in Jan. , 1943. While in basic training at Sampson Naval Base contracted pneumonia and given medical discharge. Married in 1946-four children. In real estate business in NYC. In 1959 moved to Las Vegas. Started real estate company which at its peak had fifty salesmen. Sold in 1984. Member Clark County Sheriffs Mounted Posse. Rode in Kennedy Inauguration. Remarried in 1984. In 2005 moved to Anthem, AZ. 623-551-7007.

Name: Gilbert Sumner Schwartz Race: White Age: 18 Birth Date: 1 Jun 1924 Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York Residence Place: Rye, West, New York Registration Date: 30 Jun 1942 Registration Place: Mamaroneck, New York, USA Employer: Fred Stelter Milton Point Beach Club Rye N.Y. Weight: 130 Complexion: Ruddy Eye Color: Brown Hair Color: Brown Height: 5-10 Next of Kin: Emanuel Schwarz
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