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Bernard Serotta

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Bernard Serotta, 81, of King Road, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004 in Saratoga Springs after suffering a heart attack while playing tennis, a game he loved, at the YMCA. He was the husband of Caroline (Rosse) Serotta.

Born Feb. 21, 1922, in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of George and Manya (Beychok) Serotta. Bernie graduated from Saratoga High School, class of 1939, and then attended Cornell University until he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. A lieutenant in the Army Reserve, he served as platoon leader on the front during the Korean Conflict.

On June 5, 1951, he and Carol were married.

Bernie owned and ran the Farmers Hardware Store on Broadway in Saratoga Springs for 35 years. He and Carol bought their home in Cambridge in 1969 and moved there full-time in 1985.

A very active community member, he was part of numerous organizations. Bernie was a past president of the Saratoga Rotary Club and the board of the Saratoga Springs Library. He was on the founding board of the Performing Arts Center, the board of WMHT public television and radio, the board of the Saratoga Chapter of NAACP and the Beagle School. He volunteered in the Saratoga and Cambridge public schools and at Mary McClellan Hospital and was a literacy volunteer.

He played the violin with the Sage City Orchestra.

Bernie was an avid reader and a writer of letters. Correspondence was an art in which he would carefully convey precisely what he wanted to say. His letters were cherished by family and friends.

Bernie was a great believer in the strength and beauty of the written word, especially letters and notes in long-hand. In honor of his passion, friends are invited to leave their own writings or any notes from Bernie with Bernie’s family to be included in a family album.

Besides his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a daughter and her husband, Lisa and Scott Carrino of Cambridge; a son and his wife, Ben and Marcia Serotta of Saratoga; five grandchildren, Nico and Lucas Goldreyer and Chiara Carrino and Anna and Emily Serotta; a brother and his wife, Maurice and Betty Serotta of Denver and a nephew Robert Serotta.

Friends will be welcomed by the family on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004 between 1 and 6 p.m. at the Pompanuck Round House, 494 Chestnut Hill Road, Cambridge. Directions are available at www.pompanuck.org or by calling 518-677-5552.

Bernie was passionate about many causes. The family requests memorial donations be made to one of the following organizations: Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, PO Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816 or Doctors Without Borders, PO Box 1869, Merrifield, VA 22116-9644 or Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, PO Box 96637, Washington, DC 20077-7305 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 14, 2004
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