BERGER, Atty. Robert "Bob" B.
Atty. Robert "Bob" B. Berger, 88, of Enfield, well respected attorney, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, (Jan. 2, 2013) at Eagle Point at the Suffield House. Born Sept. 1, 1924 in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, he was the son of the late Edward W. and Sophie (Berkowitz) Berger. Bob was a resident of the Enfield Community most of his life and had a distinguished legal career for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service -1948 and the University Of Connecticut School Of Law - 1952. Atty. Berger was a Senior Partner for the former law firm of Berger, Santy and Barbieri in Enfield. Atty. Berger was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1952 and admitted to the U.S. District Court (CT), U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Cir.). He also served as Probate Judge for the Enfield Probate District from 1989 to 1994. Bob proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corp during World War II in the Pacific Theatre in many battles including Iwo Jima and was a recipient of a Purple Heart Medal and the Distinguished Service Award and served with 4th Marine Division and attended many of their reunions. Bob was involved with many veteran organizations on a local, state and national level. Atty. Berger served the community in many areas including trustee of St. Bernard Church, former president of the Holy Name Society at St. Bernard Church, former president of the Connecticut Jaycees, former president of the Northern Connecticut Lawyers Assn., a longtime member and former president of the Enfield Rotary Club and president of the Enfield Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bob also served as president, trustee and executive board member of Johnson Memorial Hospital Corporation, director and past president of the United Way of North Central CT, Enfield Community Ambulance Fund, a director of the former Enfield Visiting Nurse Assn. and strongly supported the Felician Sisters. He served the town of Enfield as Prosecuting Atty. for the Enfield Municipal Court, Town Atty. Chairman of Building Committee for Enrico Fermi High School, member and vice chairman of the Board of Education and the State of Connecticut as a State Representative to the state legislature from 1960-1962, a founding member of the board of directors of Asnuntuck Community College and chairman of the Connecticut Psychiatric Security Review Board. Bob was active in politics and was a former chairman of the Enfield Democratic Town Committee and served on the town committee for many years. He was a director of the Connecticut Attorney's Title Insurance Co. Bob was an avid sports fan who enjoyed Georgetown Basketball, Boston Red Sox and the Big East Tournaments. Bob is survived by his wife, Arlene Kidder Wills Berger, his children Barry R. Berger and his wife Debra of Enfield, Mark A. Berger and his wife Cindy of Depew, NY, Karen E. Berger Adametz and her husband William of East Hampton and James M. Berger and his wife Paula of East Granby, his step daughter, Kimberly K. Wills Campbell and her husband Gregory of Lloyd Harbor, NY, his grandchildren, Leigh , Kevin and his wife Kerri, Sydney, Bethany , Samantha and Jolie Berger, Taylor and Kailey Adametz, Alexandra, William, Victoria, Charlotte and Zachary Campbell, a great granddaughter, Alison Berger, his sister, Davida Berger Hirsch and her husband Yale of Nyack, NY. He was predeceased by his first wife Phyllis Korona Berger and a sister, Ann R. Berger. The Berger family would like to thank the staff at the Suffield House for the wonderful care Bob received during his time at Suffield House.
Family and friends will gather Monday Jan. 7, 2012 by 10 a.m. at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road for a funeral procession to St. Bernard Church, Hazard Ave. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. followed by military honors. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Bob's family will receive relatives and friends at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels Sunday, Jan.6, 3-7 p.m. Memorial donations in Atty. Berger memory may be made to Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O Box 1, Enfield, CT 06083 or to Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082. For information and expressions of sympathy please visit www.leetestevens.com.