Lakewood Historian Sheldon Wolpin Dies at 89


sheldon-wolpinLakewood, NJ – Sheldon Wolpin, longtime chairman of the Lakewood Heritage Commission and founder of the museum that bears his name in Lakewood, has lost a long battle with cancer at age 89.

Wolpin leaves a legacy for countless people he never will have met: the Sheldon Wolpin Lakewood Historical Museum, now being resurrected in Kuser Hall in the township’s Pine Park.

Lakewood’s Heritage Commission formed in 1984, but it took Wolpin and his group 20 years to find a spot to display artifacts tracing the community’s path from a playground for Jay Gould and John D. Rockefeller to the thriving multi-cultural center it is today. T

The space in the original Lakewood High School dried up with the building’s sale by the Board of Education. But its resurrection now under way validates his decades of curating and years of storage.

Wolpin was a lifelong Lakewood resident.

From his time spent in the military, his years as a small-business owner, his involvement in various civic organizations such as the Lakewood Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean County Center for the Arts (Strand Theater), the Lakewood High School Alumni Association, Congregation Sons of Israel, the Jewish Historical Society of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County, and the Jewish War Veterans, to name a few, Wolpin served the community for more than eight decades.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. I lived on his block on 10th st. about 30 years ago. Both he and his wife were such wonderful neighbors. May Hashem comfort Mrs. Wolpin and family on this great Loss.

  2. I loved the details of Lakewood history. It’s amazing to me when someone dedicates himself to acquiring such knowledge. It’s a vocation, because it’s kind of hard to convince some people of the value of history. (Others, like me, are fascinated.) Baruch Dayan Emes. He will be missed.