on February 24, 2014 - 5:44 PM
May 12, 1950 – Feb. 16, 2014
Ronald G. Bronstein, a Western New York real estate investor and developer who owned Paradigm Development, died Feb. 16, three days after he suffered severe head trauma in an accident while vacationing in Islamorada, Fla. He was 63.
Mr. Bronstein, who grew up in Amherst and attended Amherst High School, was a developer of more than 20 Lowe’s stores from Massachusetts to New York and Ohio, as well as some Walmart stores and other properties.
He was also an investor with other developers in many significant projects throughout the Buffalo area and across the country.
Mr. Bronstein graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s in architecture and environmental design, and a law degree. He was also class president in the Architecture School.
In 1973, he bought the 110-acre Dunn Family Farm at the end of a dirt road in the Town of Boston, renaming it Bitter Creek Farm after the Eagles’ song. At the time, the farm, which dated to 1886, had no electricity or running water; but it’s “now a gorgeous property,” with barns, pastures and more than 250 acres, said his brother, Robin Bronstein.
He began breeding top thoroughbred racehorses in Kentucky and Canada, while foaling them on the farm. At its peak, the farm had 12 horses, but that tally is now down to seven.
“Ron’s passion was his farm, his dogs, his horses and spending as much time as he could with his wife and daughters in the Keys,” the family said.
He soon turned to real estate as a career, working with prominent area developers before going off on his own and starting Paradigm Development in 1996. In his work for Lowe’s and other retailers, he would buy up properties to assemble a larger parcel that would meet the stores’ needs and would follow up with the site development work before the stores were built.
He also enjoyed music, including the Eagles, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.
Survivors, besides his brother, include his wife, the former Jennifer Prince, and two daughters, Kilby Morgan and Ryan Elizabeth.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.