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Richard I. Berman

RHINEBECK - Richard I. Berman, 87, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, at The Baptist Home, Rhinebeck, NY.

Mr. Berman has resided in Red Hook and Rhinebeck for the past 10 years. Since moving to the area he has volunteered as a docent at the FDR Library, for the Red Hook Library, and as a tax preparer tax returns for seniors. He was an avid fisherman and had enjoyed many summers at the family vacation home in Vermont. He also enjoyed bowling and collecting presidential commemorative antiques.

Mr. Berman proudly served in the US Navy during WW II aboard the USS Champlin as a Torpedoman's Mate Third Class. He served in the Pacific Theatre including the attack on Wake Island. Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to study at Pace University where he earned his Bachelor's of Business Administration, graduating in June of 1950. Richard was active for decades in the USS Champlin Reunion Group.

For eight years he worked with two accounting firms in the New York City area; and in 1959 he formed a partnership and practiced Public Accounting and Taxation until 1964. He then opened a solo practice where he practiced until his retirement in 1990.

Born April 27, 1925 in New York City, he was the son of Robert and Ida (Bley) Berman.

On September 6, 1952 in New York City he married his wife Shirley Moscowitz.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Jonathan Berman, and his wife Yasmin of New York City; Edward Berman, and his wife Valerie of Chappaqua; Carol MacDonald, and her husband John of Stanfordville; and four grandchildren, Joshua, Ethan, David and Celeste.

Funeral services are Sunday, 12 PM, at the Temple Beth El, 220 South Bedford Rd. (Rt. 117) Chappaqua, NY. Interment will follow in Sharon Gardens Cemetery, 273 Lakeville Ave., Valhalla.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard Berman's memory may be made to: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street Suite 225, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1977 or to the United States Navy Memorial, P.O. Box 96570, Washington, D.C. 20090-6570.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 16 to Mar. 18, 2013
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