BERNSTEIN--Martin B. We mourn the loss of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Martin B. Bernstein, who passed away on March 29, 2010 among his family and friends. Marty was a devoted and supportive husband and a kind and attentive father and grandfather who dedicated his life to our happiness. Despite a long and painful illness, he remained cheerful and true to his sweet spirit to the end. Marty was a graduate of Far Rockaway High School, the SUNY Maritime College and Brooklyn Law School. His public service included positions as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York, a Councilman of the Town of Hempstead, Long Island, and a director of the Long Island Power Authority. He was a successful real estate developer and investor, and long before recycling became a household word, he founded Ponderosa Fibres of America, once the largest producer of recycled pulp in the world. He went on to finance various ventures and served as a director on numerous educational and private boards, and worked tirelessly to give senior citizens in New York City better, safer lives. Marty's interests ranged from Saturday afternoons at the opera to following the exploits of Jack Bauer in "24". He was an avid bibliophile whose curiosity ranged from serious studies of World War II and the Civil War, to the big, contemporary novels of Philip Roth. He is also one of the few who read all twenty of Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin books; still, he found time to read three newspapers a day as well as "The New Yorker" every week. He loved a round of golf and a game of poker with his buddies, and watching the New York Jets with his boys. Marty was the kindest, most compassionate, and generous of men who enjoyed numerous lifetime friendships. He sought to help anyone in need, and always had a good story or joke to share with friends and family. His goodness and love will be with us forever. Marty is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deborah, his sons Scott Bernstein, Nathan Bernstein and Paul Meyer, daughters Lori Chaiken and Michelle Salem, and their spouses, Bonnie Bernstein, Helen Bernstein, Janine Meyer and Steve Chaiken. He proudly leaves behind ten adored grandchildren: Mathew and Alyssa Bernstein, Rachel and Samantha Bernstein, Tucker, Karli, Hana Grace and Joseph Meyer, Jack and Katie Chaiken, and his beloved dog, Rufus.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 1, 2010