|Knollwood Cemetery (now part of Mt. Carmel Cemetery),|
Queens, NY. Section 5, Block H, Lot 36, grave 3.
Photo by author, 2 September 2008.
This is what the stone actually says:
BELOVED HUSBAND, FATHER
JANUARY 18, 1919
JULY 9, 2002
JULY 9, 2002
I have posted about my father before here and also in a series of posts that start with this one.
Bernie attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn and then, after graduation, went to work. World War II interrupted his formative years as a young adult. He enlisted in 1942 and served in the European theater in the Army Air Corps. At the age of 28, he married Norma Wilson on 9 February 1947.
After the war, Bernie went into business with an older (non-Jewish) friend named Art and created "Every Ready Partition." The company renovated offices in New York City buildings by constructing or taking down walls. They worked together successfully for several years until Art decided to retire. Unfortunately, several companies made it clear to Art that they would not continue to do business with the "Jew."
I do not know what the thought process was, but my father joined the women's sweater business that his father-in-law (my grandfather Joe Wilson) owned: Oakdale Mills in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Joe, my father, and my uncle Ira Wilson worked together for many years. My grandfather retired well into his 80s. Ira and my father eventually sold the business and retired.
My father was a gentle soul, but fiercely loyal to those he loved. He was an avid bowler and bowled with a B'nai Brith sponsored league on Long Island for many years. He also had a great sense of humor and would regale his grandchildren with made-up stories (that sometimes included humor way above their heads).
My brother and I each wrote and presented eulogies as his funeral. My brother put them online along with some photos in tribute.