Alan M. Fishman, 69: Prominent Portland realtor who valued friends, family, community

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KENNEBUNK — Alan Mark Fishman, 69, of Kennebunk, died peacefully Aug. 30, with his family by his side.

He was born on June 17, 1942, in Boston, Mass., the son of Louis I. Fishman and Marion Copellman. He was educated in the Brookline schools and graduated from Lawrence Academy.

He attended Babson College and graduated from Boston University with a bachelor of science degree in business.

While in Massachusetts he served in the Air National Guard. He began his career representing Stop N’Shop’s real estate division. Shortly thereafter, he and his growing family moved to Maine to join the family business, Eastland Shoe.

A few years later he returned to real estate, and joined J.B. Brown & Sons, a well-known southern Maine commercial development company, where he developed, leased and managed hundreds of properties throughout southern Maine.

Following his entrepreneurial spirit in the early 80s, he started his own development company, Atbro Corporation, and was involved in the development of what is now known as 1 and 2 Portland Square in downtown Portland.

Expanding on development, he purchased Property Management Services, a full service property management, leasing and maintenance company. At the urging of his colleagues, he founded Fishman Realty Group, located on Forest Avenue in Portland, more than 30 years ago.

For over 40 years, his passion was not only real estate and property management, but most importantly, the clients, customers and friends he made and the strong relationships he built with them throughout the years.

He was a founding member of the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors and a board member of the Maine Real Estate Development Association.

Over the years he also applied his commitment to community through volunteer work, serving  on the board of directors for the Building Committee of the new Portland Museum of Art, Cedars Nursing Care Center, Temple Beth El and was an active participant in the restoration of Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland. He was involved in the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and Business Network International.

He loved music, and was a member of the jazz vocal ensemble, !Zing.

A dedicated father and family man who never missed his children’s activities, he cherished his role as doting father, “grampa” and dog-lover.  

People surrounded him because of his kind nature and wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Joanne Wheeler Fishman of Kennebunk; four children, Caren Fishman and her husband Joel Friedman of Andover, Mass., Marc Fishman and his wife Kate of Falmouth, Louis Fishman and his wife Julie of Breckenridge, Colo., and Jon Fishman and his wife Michelle of Clinton, Conn.; eight grandchildren, Daniela, Leo, Hannah, Avi, Maia, Ella, Anabella and Nina; his mother, Marion Copellman of Needham, Mass.; his sisters, Carol Shander of Ashland, Mass., and Jane Gilbert and companion Sam Williams, of Orland; mother-in-law, Janet Gilblair; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Norman Roy; former wife, Roberta Fishman; and many nieces and nephews; cousins; many friends; and his dog, Ali.

A memorial service was held at Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland last week, with Shiva services held at the home of Marc and Kate Fishman of Falmouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Louis I. Fishman and Marion Copellman Endowment Fund, Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215, or to Jessi’s Gift, P.O. Box 1234, Biddeford, ME 04005.