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Bernard H. Hershberg


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Bernard H. Hershberg

Age: 92 • Lauderhill

Bernard H. Hershberg passed away in Florida on September 25, 2017, at the age of 92. Called 'Bucky' since childhood, he was born in Burlington on November 16, 1924, the eldest of the four sons of Louis and Bessie (Brown) Hershberg. The family lived on Elmwood Avenue until 1938, when they moved to North Prospect Street.

Throughout his teen years, Bucky often worked alongside his father at L. Hershberg Fruit and Produce. After graduating from Burlington High School, Class of 1942, he enlisted in the US Air Force and attended classes at Washington University while stationed in St. Louis. His unit, the 20th Air Force Squadron, flew B29s. Deployed to the island of Guam in the Pacific, their mission was to bomb Japan.

When the war ended Bucky returned to the family business, where he remained for nearly all his working life. In 1950 he married Donna Unrot, whom he'd met while visiting an uncle in Detroit. Bucky and Donna had two daughters, Helene McGee and Amy Tatro. While the family lived in Burlington they were members of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue.

Several years after Donna's death Bucky moved to Florida. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard and Edwin. He is survived by his brother David; daughters Helene McGee and her husband Dan, and Amy and her husband Dennis Tatro; grandchildren Ryan Simpson and his wife Vanessa, Donna Simpson and her husband Michael Wagner, and Brianna Smith and her husband Stephen; as well as five great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Libby Hershberg of California and Judy Hershberg of Burlington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at the Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery, 319 Patchen Road, South Burlington on October 2 at 10 a.m. Shiva will be observed at Ohavi Zedek, 188 North Prospect Street, on Monday and Tuesday evening, October 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. Donations in Bucky's memory may be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or , P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

Funeral arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 27, 2017
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