Emanuel "Manny" Grossman, 82, a four-year member of the Aventura Commission in Florida, died May 7. He was formerly of Philadelphia.
Grossman, who received 52 percent of the votes, helped develop the first municipally run charter school, and encouraged street improvements during his term. He gave up his Commission seat to run for mayor in 2005, but lost to Susan Gottlieb.
He was also active in the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center and the Coronado Condominium Association.
Grossman graduated from college in upstate New York, where he earned a degree in engineering. In the early 1950s, he and his wife, Evelyn Grossman, opened a printing and gift store called "Greetings" in Philadelphia. In 1974, the couple moved to Miami.
Soon after their arrival, Grossman began working as the vice president of the former American Savings Bank. He retired in the 1990s and put his energies into the Coronado Condo Association, the building where the Grossmans lived. For three years, he served as the association's treasurer and president.
Besides his work for the city, he was involved in the synagogue.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by daughter Beth Resnick; son Ira Grossman; sisters Ruth Rachild and Sara Tucker; and three grandchildren.