ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, George Bernstein 73 years old , born on November 20, 1920 and passed away on October 15, 1994. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Fran Bernstein on February 1, 2019
I didn't always get along with dad, but we grew into each other- and became great friends. He taught me patience and forgiveness- I miss you so much.
Posted by Michael Lewis on February 1, 2019
One of my best memories of Poppy is when he took me to a cubs game. We bought tickets at the gate for $9! We sat and watched the game while he showed me how to score a game.
Posted by Marcia Burke on January 31, 2019
George took us to Kentucky were he was helping locals set up a new restaurant. He was working for the governmnets job creation program under Johnson's presidency. You could really see how fond of George the local people were. People also loved him where ever he was. You could sense his kindness and generosity.

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Posted by Fran Bernstein on February 1, 2019
I didn't always get along with dad, but we grew into each other- and became great friends. He taught me patience and forgiveness- I miss you so much.
Posted by Michael Lewis on February 1, 2019
One of my best memories of Poppy is when he took me to a cubs game. We bought tickets at the gate for $9! We sat and watched the game while he showed me how to score a game.
Posted by Marcia Burke on January 31, 2019
George took us to Kentucky were he was helping locals set up a new restaurant. He was working for the governmnets job creation program under Johnson's presidency. You could really see how fond of George the local people were. People also loved him where ever he was. You could sense his kindness and generosity.
his Life

George's Life

George was born to a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant family in Brooklyn, NY. In his youth he attended Stuyvesant Highschool. He exceled at Mathematics. After highschool, George started to work for his father. Though shortly after he was drafted to the army and because a canonnaire in the US Army.

After the war he moved back to New York. There he met Elenor Kessel. A quick romance lead to marriage. Their first Child Marcia (originally Marsha) was born in 1945.

George was an entrepeneur at heart and started a blinds company with his brother in Tarrytown. He moved his family out to Peekskill at that time an bought their first house.

While working in Tarrytown, George decided to buy a restaurant that he frequented with his brother.

George ran this business for a couple of years, but his brother ended up taking all of their savings and running off.

But George would not be deterred. This time in life showed his risilience. He started a new restaurant on at the boat club. Starting from ruin, he was able to reestablish himself and the family.

In the early 70's George participated in a government program to help set up small businesses in rural America. He moved to Kentucky for 6 months- helping locals start a restaurant. He was immediately adopted by the town. People

After coming back from Kentucky, George and Elenor decided to move to Chicago- where their daughter Marcia was now living.

George retired at this time.

But in retirement, he decided to get the college degree that eluded him when he was young. He Enrolled at Columbia College and earned his bachelors degree. After that, emboldened, he continued his Education at DePaul university, getting a masters degree in finance.

Shortly after, due to heath issues- George had congestive heart failure- George and Elenor moved to Deerfield Beach in Florida.

George, who unfortunately was a long term smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1994. During that year he spent as much time with family as he could, sharing his love and wisdom.

George passed in the fall of the 1994.

Recent stories

Adopted Son

Shared by Gerald Burke on February 4, 2019

When George was diagnosed with Cancer, we all went to spend a week in Florida. We all knew this was going to be the last time we get spend family time with him.  During the week, when the kids went out to the pool or to get food with Marcia and Ellie- I'd stay in with George.

George and I spoke and spoke. He thanked me for taking care of his grandchildren. He spoke to me about how he was scared to die- something he did not show to the rest of the family. Even in sickness, 
George was thinking about everybody else. He then told me something that I cherish to this day- George called me he his son. To have such a mensch except me as his own is one of the greatest gifts I have had in this life. I miss him so.


Master Student

Shared by Barbara Denberg on February 1, 2019

I still remember my the first day of teaching Finance 401 in 1987 for master's students. George was sitting right in front, and I thought I was being audited by the school. When I began to check the attending students against my class list- I quickly learned George was a student enrolled in the class. George was in his 60's and had never had the chance to go to college when he was young, but with grit and determination, he decided to put himself not only through undergrad, but also graduate school after he retired. George never missed a class and was an exemplary student. I remember the rest of the class just being inspired by his presence, but furthermore his happiness to help anyone in the class. George was one of by favorite students and favorite people. He is missed dearly.

Fire in the Kitchen

Shared by John McTavish on February 1, 2019

George came to our little town all the way from New York to help us get our restaurant started. He was an easy teacher to learn from- I remember when we had our first kitchen fire. George was out in front- we didn't know what to do and were kind of freaking out. We were running around looking for the fire extinguisher. He just took the giant soup pot and poured it over the fire. Poof. We all just started laughing. We were blessed to have George in Kentucky.