Bert Alvin Nachman
1925 - 2016
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NEWPORT NEWS - Bert Alvin Nachman, a lifelong resident of Newport News and dedicated attorney, passed away at his law office desk at the age of 91 on October 24, 2016. Born September 25, 1925 to the late Sadie C. and Harry L. Nachman, Bert graduated from Newport News High School at the age of 15-prior to attending Staunton Military Academy and serving for 30 months in the US Navy Air Corps during World War II. Bert received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia in 1950 and 1952, respectively, where he also served as the sports editor of the Cavalier Daily and President of Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. On December 21, following the completion of his studies, he married Sonya Rosenfeld; his wife of 63 years. Always active in civic affairs, Bert was a member of the Jaycees and the Newport News Elks Lodge, served as a member of the Board of the Salvation Army, and participated organizationally in the Peninsula United Fund and Riverside Hospital campaigns. He participated in the Annual Allied Jewish Appeal campaigns. He was a member, past Board member and Vice President of Rodef Sholom Temple. While serving as the Chairman of the Conference of Christians and Jews, an integrated organization, he was compelled to conduct its activities at local military bases in response to the racially segregated environment then extant in the City. Bert's love of the law commenced upon his admission to the bar in 1959 and association as a practicing attorney with his father, City Attorney, Harry L. Nachman. Admitted to practice in the State of Virginia and various Federal district and appellate courts, Bert served the local bar as a Director and President in 1970. Prior to becoming a sole practitioner, Bert was a partner in the firm of Nachman, Jacobs, Murchison, and Beale. He was also installed and enjoyed his position as a Substitute Judge of Newport News Civil, Traffic, Juvenile and Domestic relations Court for 53 years. His dedication to the law persisted as he and Sonya moved from their home of many years to Windward Towers, where he served on the condominium's Board of Directors and made frequent "house calls" to requesting residents. Closely following his love of his family and the law was Bert's affinity for tennis; both the challenge of the match and the camaraderie of his fellow players. Affiliated with the Hilton Tennis Club, the Warwick Yacht and Tennis Club, and Centre Court, his favorite partner was his son, Jon, with whom he shared many hours volleying and participating in doubles tournaments. Culturally, Bert enjoyed reading historical biographies, attending the theater and the Virginia Symphony, as well as, traveling. Bert will always remain an important part in the lives of his wife, Sonya, and his children, Cathy (Larry) Weisman, Jon (Leigh H.) Nachman, Lisa (Jim) Kaufman and Sheri (Jay) Weber, and his sister, Betty Nachman Levin. His joy was his grandchildren, Brian and Justin Weisman, Basha and Rebekah Nachman, Nathan and Melissa Kaufman, Brooke (Ed) Schrader, and Adam Weber, and his great-grandchildren, Rachel, Anna and Eli Schrader. He thought of himself as a very lucky man. Funeral services will be Friday, October 28th at 11am in the Chapel of the Peninsula Funeral Home on Warwick Boulevard, followed by a private burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to: Dr. Michael E. Williams Research Foundation/ Hematology, Oncology, Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, PO Box 400331, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4331.

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Published in Daily Press on Oct. 27, 2016.
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November 6, 2016
Mrs. Nachman, Cathy, Jon, Lisa & Sheri,

Thinking of you, at this time of loss.

Melvin, Jeff, Becky, Debra & Wes Winter
Jeff Winter
November 4, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 31, 2016
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Bert, one of those excellent lawyers with whom I engaged in law practice many years ago. Few of those are left, and none nicer than he. My sincere condolences to Sonya and his family.
Ted Morrison
October 31, 2016
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
T Griffin
October 29, 2016
Sonya and family: We are very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bill & Debbie Vaccarelli & Staff, Danny's Deli
October 28, 2016
Mr. Nachman was really a very nice man. I would speak to Mr. Nachman whenever he would drop by the Newport News Clerk's office to record a deed or walk to his mailbox. May he rest in peace.
Gretchen Condon.
Gretchen Condon
October 28, 2016
I work in the building where his office was located, and Mr. Nachman was always such a kind and friendly man. He always took time to speak to everyone, and was a fixture in the building. He will be sorely missed around here. God rest your soul, Mr. Nachman.
Rae Pond
October 27, 2016
barbara and i feel sad on the loss of bert. our heartfelt condolences on your loss sonya.
jack/barbara seligman
October 27, 2016
So sorry for Bert's passing. He was always kind to me and had a smile. He will be missed.
Kelly O'Neill
October 27, 2016
Dear Mrs. Nachman and family - We are very sorry for your loss. Sending you our deep condolences. Sincerely - Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
October 27, 2016
I will always remember Bert's kind words when I would see him in the 2600 Building. He will be missed!
Anita Schreiber
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