Bernard Federman, 91,cherished and loving Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, passed away on February 5, 2014. He was born on August 3,1922 in Akron, Ohio, the only child of Morris and Rachel Federman. He loved growing up in Akron and often talked about his childhood adventures. He moved to Houston at 16 and graduated from Lamar High School. He attended the University of Texas, playing on the varsity basketball team as a Freshman, which was an honor he never forgot. He enrolled at Texas A & M, to proudly enlist in the Army Air Corp and became a flight navigation instrument instructor during WWII. After the war, his life, as he said, really began the moment he laid eyes on our Mother, Dorothy Reich Federman. It was love at first sight for them both and they became engaged on their third date. Blissfully happy for 56 years, Bernie and Dorothy were so devoted to each other, it was rare that you would ever see them apart or not holding hands. They made Houston their home, and raised their two sons, Barry and Ronnie and daughter, Lisa. Bernie was a very happy, strong man his entire life, no matter what obstacles he faced. His sole purpose in life was focused entirely around his family and pets, who were always lovingly by his side. He was a hard worker and enjoyed being self employed for 40 years in various automobile businesses, and was respected by his peers. Bernie was a consummate son, who revered his parents deeply and valued their close relationship his entire life. In his middle years, he so enjoyed his beach house in Galveston every weekend to boat, fish, barbecue, and to be outdoors. Upon retirement, he began his hobby of cooking and became our "Chef Bernardo", and we all enjoyed and looked forward to his many innovative dishes. Bernie observed his Jewish religion and was a member of Congregation Emanu El and Congregation Beth Israel for many years. He loved all his holidays so much and would often start a day early and end a day late. Bernie was self assured yet humble, had a sharp intelligent mind, funny with a quick wit, making everyone around him laugh even in his final days and was a master storyteller. He was a warm, charming, nice man with a heart of gold and gave great bear hugs. He was always interested in everything about his children, including their friend's lives. He was a gentleman, treating people with dignity and respect. Bernie will be sorely missed and forever admired by his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Rachel and Morris Federman, and wife, Dorothy Federman.
He is survived by his son, Barry and wife, Billie, son, Ronnie, and daughter Lisa, grandson, Marcus Federman(Brooke), granddaughter, Natalie Waggenspack (James), great granddaughters June and Shelby of Houston, Texas. He leaves behind for his family to embrace, Bernie's final of his many, treasured dogs, Happy.
The family would also like to acknowledge Riaz Butt and his family, a close family friend, who was so kind and helpful to our Father and we will always be grateful.
Bernard was interned at the Beth Israel Cemetery at a private service with Rabbi Adrienne Scott officiating.
For those wishing to make a donation in Bernard's memory, they can do so to : MD Anderson Cancer Center at their web site, www.mdanderson/gifts.org or call 1-800-525-5841.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2014