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On June 22, 2013, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the beloved father of Barbara Brice Ashby (deceased) and Jacqueline Brice-Finch, passed away at age 90. He was the devoted grandfather of Terrence Nathaniel Brown and his wife, Frederica, Nataki Finch Richards and her husband, Laurence and Gregory Nathaniel Brown. Bernard also had eight wonderful great-grandchildren, Capri, Samira, Brice, Nia, Branaya, Chase, Bronson and Malia. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews, other relatives, Seventh Street neighbors, and friends.
Born on January 29, 1923, in Washington DC, Bernard was the only child of James and Ethel Brice. He attended DC public and was a member of the 1940 graduating class of Armstrong High School. He excelled at many sports, including roller skating, football and basketball. He was named an "All Star" in both football and basketball and was a contributing member of the undefeated basketball team of 1939.
On July 4, 1942, Bernie married his childhood sweetheart Elaine Lanear Hopkins and was a devoted husband for 58 years until her death in 2001. After graduating from high school, he worked for the civil service before volunteering to serve in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1943 to 1945. He attained the rank of Technical Sergeant during his tour of duty. He was stationed in the U.S., as well as England, France, and Belgium.
After his military service, Bernard began a career as a mail carrier which spanned 37 years before his retirement on his birthday in 1978.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, friends may visit with the family at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Streets, NW, Washington, DC, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Marshall-March Funeral Home, 4217 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

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Published in The Washington Post on June 26, 2013
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