WABER--Bernard, died Thursday, May 16th in New York. He was ninety-one. He leaves children Paulis, Louisa, and Gary, sons-in-law Rod and Dana, and grandchildren Mason, Anna, Rachel and Reuben, all of whom cherish the memory of a deeply loving, funny and wise father and grandfather. He is also survived by his big brother Isadore. His beloved wife Ethel died in 2006. Bernard leaves numerous friends, many in the children's book world. Bernard Waber published over forty books. He is best known for his Lyle, Lyle Crocodile books, and Ira Sleeps Over. He was also a graphic artist at Time, Inc. He loved his work in children's books and loved meeting children throughout the country. He treasured his relationships with his publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and his agent, Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown. He cared deeply for everyone and rarely spoke of either his accomplishments or troubles. It's so hard to lose him but we were fortunate. To quote from his book, Courage, "Courage means sometimes having to say goodbye." A memorial service is planned for the near future.
Published in The New York Times on May 19, 2013