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Date of Birth: April 13, 1949
Position: Broker, Gov’t Agencies
Bernie was a wonderful man with a wonderful smile. He was outgoing, funny and he made friends wherever he went. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and most recently a grandfather. The job he loved most.
He grew up in Queens, NY. He married his wife, Linda in 1969 and had two daughters, Donna and Laura. He was a big ice and roller hockey player in his younger days. When we moved from Queens to Suffern, NY he became a big Suffern High School hockey fan. He knew all the players and all the parents. In recently speaking with a player I said, “I bet he always had some piece of advice for how to improve your playing.” To which he replied, “Yes he always did, and we always listened.”
Bernie was a smart man. He was the person I went to for any question I had about anything because if he didn’t know the answer he knew someone who did. He was also willing to go out of his way to help people. Building a model railroad for a co-worker whose child was suffering from leukemia. Helping a new neighbor build his deck. Putting in a good word for a friend of mine who was looking for a position in a company where he knew people.
He was also an avid model railroader; a tradition in his family that wasn’t so well received by my sister or me. He would spend countless hours working on a giant layout that he himself said would never be finished. When his grandson was born in 1999 he was so excited. He finally had someone (a boy) to pass down his engineer’s cap to. He bought his grandson his first set of trains shortly after his birth and, when he started to take his first steps he watched intently, anxious for the day he could put him in skates and start teaching him the basics.
He had many friends. The words most often used to describe him are funny, outgoing, honest and smart. We miss him so much now. We miss his smile and his laugh. I especially miss the connection he made with my son. I miss how happy he was every time they were together. Now we can only hope that he rests is peace and we will do what we can to keep his spirit and memory alive. I love you, Dad, and miss you terribly.
Love your daughter,
My best friend’s father. I know you through Donna’s eyes and through my own. There is no difference. You are true, honest, and tell it like it is. I looked forward to seeing you at family celebrations. You were and always will be “one of the gang”. I take comfort in the fact that you will always be there, watching over your grandson, your daughters, your wife and all of us who think of you. In my case, for the little reasons (i.e. is MY grammar correct, that always made me laugh). I can only hope you see me now, see my words and know you are a part of my life because you are a part of my Donna’s life. Please take care of my Kayla, you are with her now.
My love to Donna and all of her family,
Kelly, Chris, Christohper & Michael
Bernie – my second father. Young enough to be a friend, with the same wisdom as my own Dad. His guidance was constant, his support unending. I was part of the family, with Donna as my alter ego. I was a fixture on family outings and vacations, and he took me to some of my first rock concerts. I could always count on him, and he was always as proud of my accomplishments as if I had been his own. We lost touch the last few years, but his death brought me back to the best friend I so love. Bernie, in the words of the Moody Blues, I know you’re out there somewhere – God Bless and rest peacefully. Love, Chris
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