Posner, Bernard September 22, 1915 - November 28, 2011 Bernie, beloved brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully in the arms of Eleanor Posner at home. Israel, his father, escaped from Russia in the early 1900s, stowing away on a ship and arriving in New York harbor. Bernie was born in New York but grew up in Los Angeles. As a child and youth Bernie worked hard, helping Israel and brothers Saul and Art establish Posner's Delicatessen on the Boardwalk in Santa Monica. "Work! Do the best you can, it pays off, somehow or the other." You were right Bernie, hard work paid off! Barney, (professional name), became a cartoon animator during The Golden Age of Animation. His credits include Jerry Mouse, Gene Kelly's dance partner, Hollywood's most successful animation and live action film, Anchors Aweigh, MGM 1945. His team at UPA earned an Academy Award for When Magoo Flys in 1957. We grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons loving Barney's work. Bernie will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, and generosity. Marcia, beloved wife, predeceased him. He is survived by brother Arthur Posner, nephews Greg Posner, Jeff Posner, and Lee Posner, grand nephew Chad Posner, grand niece Mandi Posner-Hultsman, great-nieces Nastassia Posner, Alexa Posner, Ellee Posner, Vivien Lee Posner, great, great grand-nephew Cade Posner and a host of adoring family, friends, and cartoon buddies. We miss you Bernie!
Published in the Los Angeles Times on January 8, 2012