Atty. Robert "Bob" B. Berger, 88, of Enfield, well-respected attorney, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Eagle Point at the Suffield House.
Born Sept. 1, 1924, in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, he was the son of the late Edward W. and Sophie (Berkowitz) Berger. Bob was a resident of the Enfield community most of his life and had a distinguished legal career for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1948, and the University Of Connecticut School of Law, 1952. Atty. Berger was a senior partner for the former law firm of Berger, Santy, and Barbieri in Enfield. Atty. Berger was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1952 and admitted to the U.S. District Court (Connecticut), U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit). He also served as probate judge for the Enfield Probate District from 1989 to 1994. Bob proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corp during World War II
in the Pacific Theatre in many battles, including Iwo Jima, and was a recipient of a Purple Heart
Medal and the Distinguished Service Award and served with 4th Marine Division and attended many of their reunions. Bob was involved with many veteran organizations on a local, state, and national level. Atty. Berger served the community in many areas, including trustee of St. Bernard Church, former president of the Holy Name Society at St. Bernard Church, former president of the Connecticut Jaycees, former president of the Northern Connecticut Lawyers Association, a longtime member and former president of the Enfield Rotary Club
, and president of the Enfield Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bob also served as president, trustee, and executive board member of Johnson Memorial Hospital Corp., director and past president of the United Way of North Central Connecticut, Enfield Community Ambulance Fund, a director of the former Enfield Visiting Nurse Association, and strongly supported the Felician Sisters. He served the town of Enfield as prosecuting attorney for the Enfield Municipal Court, town attorney, chairman of Building Committee for Enrico Fermi High School, member and vice chairman of the Board of Education, and the State of Connecticut as a state representative to the state legislature from 1960-1962, a founding member of the board of directors of Asnuntuck Community College, and chairman of the Connecticut Psychiatric Security Review Board. Bob was active in politics and was a former chairman of the Enfield Democratic Town Committee and served on the town committee for many years. He was a director of the Connecticut Attorney's Title Insurance Co. Bob was an avid sports fan who enjoyed Georgetown basketball, Boston Red Sox, and the Big East tournaments.
Bob is survived by his wife, Arlene Kidder Wills Berger; his children, Barry R. Berger, and his wife, Debra, of Enfield, Mark A. Berger, and his wife, Cindy, of Depew, N.Y., Karen E. Berger Adametz, and her husband, William, of East Hampton, and James M. Berger, and his wife, Paula, of East Granby; his stepdaughter, Kimberly K. Wills Campbell, and her husband, Gregory, of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Leigh, Kevin, and his wife, Kerri, Sydney, Bethany, Samantha, and Jolie Berger, Taylor and Kailey Adametz, Alexandra, William, Victoria, Charlotte, and Zachary Campbell; a great-granddaughter, Alison Berger; his sister, Davida Berger Hirsch, and her husband, Yale, of Nyack, N.Y. He was predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis Korona Berger, and a sister, Ann R. Berger.
The Berger family would like to thank the staff at the Suffield House for the wonderful care Bob received during his time at Suffield House.
Family and friends will gather Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, by 10 a.m. at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, for a funeral procession to St. Bernard Church, Hazard Avenue, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. followed by military honors. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Bob's family will receive relatives and friends at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations in Atty. Berger's memory may be made to Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1, Enfield, CT 06083; or to Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm St., Enfield, CT 06082.
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