Paul Berman

December 15, 1950November 11, 2013

Paul E. Berman of Hillsdale, NJ unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Born in Manhattan, N.Y. December 15, 1950 to Jack & Sylvia Berman and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. As owner and founder of Focus Eye Health & Vision Care in Hackensack, he had been serving Bergen County since 1976.

As a founder and Global Clinical Director of the Special Olympics’ Opening Eyes and Healthy Athletes programs, Paul received many accolades including: the 2007 “Spirit Award for Special Lifetime Global Leadership in Promoting Human Dignity” and, in 2011, White House “Champions of Change” among many others. Opening Eyes has screened over 325,000 athletes since its inception in 2001. Paul’s leadership has cultured a program with 20,000 volunteers in 80 countries, helping provide over 100,000 prescription eyeglasses to Special Olympic Athletes.

Paul was also a member of Lion’s Club International.

Surviving are his loving wife, Diane Berman (Hillsdale, NJ) his adoring children, Brent, Seth & Rebecca Berman, Jamie & AJ Bianco, Matt Lilien, Brian & Chelsea Lilien. His brother Steven Berman and wife Ellie Berman. His mother-in-law Bessye Shulman, and grandchildren Brooke Berman and Ryan Bianco.

Services will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s name to: Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington D.C. would be appreciated.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Deborah Barry

June 24, 2017

I was beyond shocked and saddened to just learn of the passing of Dr Berman. He was my eye Doctor for many years when I lived in New Jersey. My deepest sympathy to his family,

June 12, 2014

June 11, 2014
Today I needed to make an appointment for my daughter's annual eye check up. I was so shocked and saddened to know that Dr. Berman passed away since last Nov 2013. He was such an excellent eye doctor; very personable .My daughter had been his patient ever since she started wearing eyeglasses from first grade, to now that she is 20 years old. Dr. Berman is a true lost to the community. May he rest in peace. He will be missed
Cecil, Val and Valerie Lim

Dalma Tejada

May 30, 2014

I just found out today when I called for my annual eye exam, and I was so disraught and in shock, I didnt make the appointment. I was his patient for 12yrs. He was the kindest, sweetest, best doctor who always greeted you with a smile. My condolences to his family and staff.

March 5, 2014

My wife Mina and I found out, just today; that DR. Berman has passed away. Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news. We have both been patients of DR Berman for past 15+ years. "He will be missed. Our deepest condolence to the family.

Madhu and Mina


January 29, 2014

I'm deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Berman's passing. I found out just today when I called to schedule my annual eye exam. He was one of the best doctors I've ever had: caring, funny, and attentive. He will be sorely missed.

The Clarke Family

January 18, 2014

Shocked and Saddened to hear of Dr. Berman passing.
To man who cared so much about anyone and everyone, we will miss him.

Condolences to his family.

Nikki Sayres

January 17, 2014

I was so saddened to hear this. Dr. Berman was a wonderful doctor, caring, thorough, always looking to help the patient get the best quality care. I'll especially remember his zest for travel and helping others. My deepest condolences go out to his family.

John&Joanne Cassin

December 22, 2013

My wife Joanne and I found out, just today; that DR. Berman has passed away. Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news. We have both been patients of DR. Berman for more than 20 years, and have found him to be a great Doctor and a very nice man. Our most heart felt condolences go out to his family.

Janet Spence

December 19, 2013

He will be missed. My deepest condolence to the family.

janis klein

December 12, 2013

i just called the office to make an appointment and was given the very sad news. my family and i had the priviledge of being a part of dr berman's practice for the past 25 yrs. i shall miss his warmth and caring manner, his professionalism and our many wonderful conversations. we talked of family and religion, the different vacations we had enjoyed, sports and his baby, the special olympics., and his very special superbowl ring. just last year we were talking of our grandchildren. he always had such beautiful photos of his family. i would like to wish dr. berman's family my deep condolences on their very great loss. baruch dayn emet. janis klein and family