MILO JONES BERKING - 82, of 128 Windward Lane, North Farm, Bristol, died November 19, 2007, peacefully at home surrounded by his family, after a two-month battle with cancer.
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Born in Greenwich, CT on March 30, 1925, he was the son of Max B. and Rhoda Jones Berking. His father was a businessman in New York City. His mother's family were longtime residents of Greenwich, dating back to the 1800s.
Mr. Berking attended Brunswick School in Greenwich, then graduated from the Loomis School in Windsor, CT, and attended Williams College and Yale University. He served as a first lieutenant with the Marine Corps during World War II and was recalled to duty during the Korean War.
Mr. Berking enjoyed a successful career in sales, advertising and public relations, including stints at Headley Reed Company, New York City, WNIX radio station in Springfield, VT, and HBM-Creamer in Providence, RI. He became sales manager at Whiteco Metrocom (formerly Standish Johnson Company) in Providence where he also worked with Holmes Boucher & Company before forming his own advertising and public relations firm, Berking Communications, and working with Finney Outdoor Advertising of Fall River, MA.
On April 24, 1954, he married Sheila Sanders, the daughter of Beverly and Agnes Sanders of Rye, New York. The Berkings lived in Barrington, RI, from 1957 to 1988 where they raised their four children, Barbara, Carter, Christopher and Margot. In 1988, Mrs. Berking passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
After the death of his wife, Milo was reunited with a friend, Sylvia Carr, daughter of John and Mary Biddle Sinclair, with whom he had grown up in Greenwich. Married in 1992, they enjoyed travels to visit their children, the births of grandchildren, tennis weekends with friends and sailing aboard their ketch Tidings. They were contributing members of the North Farm community where Mr. Berking served on the Board of Governors. He also volunteered with the Rhode Island Heart Association, the Marine Society, the University Glee Club of Providence, the Parents Council at Providence Country Day School, the United Way and the Boys Club of Providence.
He was a member of the Barrington Yacht Club where he maintained his sailboat and took part in wintertime frostbite racing. An avid tennis player, Mr. Berking enjoyed weekly games with a regular group until becoming ill this past summer. He was also fascinated by wood- working and he painted watercolors of sailboats and the seashore near his home.
More than for his career or his generous volunteer work, Mr. Berking was known for his direct and modest character. He was a gentleman, never speaking badly of others, and his friendship has left an indelible mark on all who knew him. As his late brother Max was was fond of saying, "They don't come any nicer than that."
Mr. Berking survived by his wife Sylvia, his four children; Bobbie Berking-Dalzell and her husband David of Providence; his son Carter Berking and his wife Adele of Great Barrington, MA; his son Christopher Berking and his wife Sheryl of Berverly, MA; and his daughter Maggie Daigle and her husband Bob of Portland, ME. He is also survived by his step children Kate & Sandy Heavenrich of Richmond, VA; Keb Carr of Ventura, CA; Sylvia and Don Rubenstein of Walnut Creek, CA; Deb & Paul Adamy of Nyack, NY; Matt & Melissa Carr of Midlothian, VA; Suzy & Christian Weber of Midlothian, VA; Dan & Kari Carr of Fairfield, CT; Liz & Dom Gennusa of Harrison, NY; and John & Abby Carr of New York, NY.He also leaves seven grandchildren, 23 step grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2007, at the First Congregational Church, 281 High Street, Bristol, RI. with Rev. Daniel Randall presiding. A reception for friends and family will follow the service.
Donations in his memory may be made to: Home & Hospice Care of RI, 169 George Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 www.hhcri.net
Published in GreenwichTime on Nov. 25, 2007