BARNEY, was born in Camden, NJ on March 18, 1919 to Sadie and Alexander Bernstein. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Pauline (Weinberg). He is survived by a son, Dr. Richard (Gloria Popeck) and a grandson, Aaron P. (Eleanor).
He grew up and spent the majority of his adult life in Philadelphia living as a child over a store on Kensington Ave. He attended the Philadelphia public schools, graduating from Olney High School in June 1935. He graduated from Temple University in June, 1940 and attended Temple's evening law school. After college, Barney worked for the Wage and Hour division of the U.S. Labor Department as an inspector leaving to enlist in the U.S. Army in September 1942 as a private. He was discharged from the U.S. Army Aircorp. in April 1946 as a captain. He served as a statis-tical control officer serving under Tex Thornton and Eugene Zuckert after training at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
In 1952 Barney and Charles A. Trowbridge founded Sim Kar Lighting Fixture Company in a row house on Cumberland Avenue in North Philadelphia. From one employee the company grew to the point where it employed over 700 in Juniata Park. He was proud of the company's success in providing employment and career opportunities to hundreds of men and women from Kensington and Frank-ford neighborhoods.
Barney was active in the Jewish Federation and the Electrical Trades Academy sponsored by the school district and the IBEW.
Funeral Services are private. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory be made to the Zionist Organization of America, #1 Belmont Ave., Suite 601, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. The family will be receiving at his late residence, in Lafayette Hill on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 1 to 4 P.M.
Published on Philly.com on June 24, 2014