Bernard Berkman
Born 1920 in Syracuse, NY
Died 9/22/2010 in Syracuse, NY
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Bernard Berkman, 80, of Syracuse, passed away September 22, 2010, at home after a lengthy illness. He spent his last days with family and friends. He was born in Syracuse to Isaac and Sarah (Weinstein) Berkman. After graduating from Nottingham High School, in 1947, Bernie attended Syracuse University. There he met his future wife, Marilyn (Rosenberg). They married September 23, 1951. Bernie worked in the family meat packing business throughout the \'50s. In 1962, he secured financing to build a meat processing plant in Oneida, NY, named Just-Rite. Bernie was a pioneer in the portion-controlled meat industry, both in developing methods of manufacturing and in selling to institutional and wholesale markets. In 1963, Just-Rite was acquired by Gol-Pak Corporation of NJ and Bernie represented Gol-Pak until 1975. At that time, he opened his own food brokerage business, Bernard Berkman Sales Company, in which he worked until his retirement in 2005. Golf was Bernie\'s huge passion. He won various regional tournaments for seniors and lefthanders throughout the years and had three holes-in-one, including one in November, 2008, at age 78. Bernie was a member of Lakeshore Yacht and Country Club since 1973. Bernie was a tremendous sports fan and was the most ardent and loyal follower of S.U. sports. He was a member of Temple Adath Yeshurun since childhood. Bernie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn; his daughter, Cynthia Salamone (Frank); his son, Mark; and two grandchildren, Michael (Katie) and Rachel. He is also survived by his two brothers, Norman (Marsha) and Milton (Arlene). Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at the Birnbaum Funeral Chapel, 1909 E. Fayette Street. Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the chapel on Sunday. Burial will be in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the National Kidney Foundationat www.kidney.org and to the Macular Degeneration Research Foundation at www.ahaf.org Birnbaum Funeral Service Inc.
Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on Sept. 24, 2010
 
Burial Location
N58