William S. Bernard
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Bill was born in Philadelphia, the son of Bernard A. and Rebecca S. Bernard. He graduated in 1955 from the Wharton School of Business of The University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics. Bill then joined the family business, B.A. Bernard & Company, Inc. which manufactured Cadillac Pet Foods. The company became a wholly owned subsidiary of the U.S. Tobacco Company. He held a number of positions from sales and marketing to overseeing purchasing and having full charge of all areas of operation in both the plant and office. In 1967 he was elected Vice President and member of the board of directors within the framework of the New York parent organization. He left the company in 1970. After moving to Geneva, Switzerland; Bill became a teacher in Economics at The College Du Leman. He remained in Europe for 8 years before returning to the U.S. and settling in Delaware where he formed what would become Bernard Management Corporation. He remained active in the business until his recent illness serving as President of the firm that specializes in commercial property management.
Bill traveled extensively with his family throughout Europe and spoke fondly of his experiences touring and dining. He enjoyed spending time on his Yacht in both Newport, Rhode Island and West Palm Beach, Florida. Bill was an intelligent man who loved to discuss politics and business. He was famous for cutting out articles that he thought may interest you. Many who knew him were the recipients of mail, faxes and emails of articles that he thought would be of particular interest. He loved all things mechanical and particularly enjoyed learning how things work. He was the "go to" person whenever something needed to be fixed. Above all, he loved to speak of the accomplishments of his grandchildren. He would tell anyone willing to listen about how great and wonderful his grandchildren were.
Bill was dedicated to medical research as well as supporting education and the arts. He was a trustee of the B.A. and Rebecca S. Bernard Foundation along with his two sisters. The foundation established a Laboratory for Heart Prevention at Johns Hopkins University and is a major contributor to the Fox Chase Canter Center for research. The foundation was responsible for the establishment of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship that worked with young students starting in Kindergarten and continued through higher education. The foundation also awards scholarships to the Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
Bill was predeceased by his son, Richard and both of his parents. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joan, children Daniel (Mireille), Robert, Susan, and Ted (Kathy), his grandchildren, Alek, Alexandra, Allison, Chase, Matthew, Nicolas, Raphael and Scarlett. He also leaves behind two loving sisters, Estelle Bernard Solomon and Marlyn Bernard Bernstein and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and family friends.
The family would like to acknowledge the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Francis Hospital for their care and efforts during his recent illness. They provided both great effort and comfort to both Bill and the family.
A visitation will be held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Wednesday, September 4 from 10:30AM - 12:00PM. Funeral services will begin at 12:00PM, with interment following in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Highway.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, PO Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807 (www.delmnh.org).
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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, 2013