Roger A. Litman of Needham and Falmouth died November 1, in Needham, after a long struggle with dementia. He was 83.
He was the husband of Beverly (Weinstein) Litman for 61 years.
He was born in Lynn.
Mr. Litman was a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master’s in engineering management from Northeastern University.
Following his college graduation and marriage, he served in the Army Signal Corps, based at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
Mr. Litman worked as an engineer for firms in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, for which he relocated his family to Laredo, Texas, for two years. There he learned Spanish, which he used with some skill and much enthusiasm.
Upon the death of his father, he took over the management of North Shore Fuel, Inc. in Revere, the site where his grandfather, Jacob Litman, an immigrant from Russia, founded North Shore Ice and Coal in the 1920s. He ran the company for 45 years expanding from oil into HVAC contracting.
He was a member of the Revere Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis.
Having grown up in Point-of-Pines, Revere, a few blocks from the ocean, he adored being near the water. He loved boating and was the former owner of cabin cruisers Fuel ‘N’ Around I, II, and III. He also enjoyed fishing, working in his wood shop, traveling, and gardening.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Peter Litman and his wife, Ann Harada, of New York City and Jill Litman Weiner and her husband, Peter Weiner, of Needham; three grandchildren, Cole Weiner, Dana Weiner, and Elvis Litman; a brother, Dr. Michael Litman of Revere; a sister, Lynda Saltz of Boca Raton, Florida; and other family.
Services were held November 4 at Temple Aliyah in Needham, where he was a founding member and past president, followed by interment at Sharon Memorial Park.