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Bernard H. Smith

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Bernard H. Smith Obituary
Bernard H. Smith, 93, of Avon, CT, formerly of Bloomfield, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Goldberger) Smith. He was born in the Bronx, NY, on August 23, 1925 to Harry and Bessie (Safrin) Smith. Bernie was 12 years old when his father died, so he, his mother, and sister Ruth moved to Newark, NJ to be closer to family. He attended West Side High School and was in his first year of college at Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology), when, at age 18, he received his draft notice and entered the U.S. Army. In 1944, Bernie was shipped overseas and assigned to the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion of the Ninth Armored Division, which was in combat to defeat the German army at Remagen. After the American victory at Remagen he joined the Battle for Central Europe. When the war ended he was assigned to the First Division, which guarded SS Prisoners of War outside of Nuremburg. He attended the trials of many German war criminals. He received the American Campaign Medal, the European African Middle East Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. After his discharge in May 1946, he returned to college and became a member of Tau Delta Phi Fraternity, where he made many life-long friendships. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and continued on to earn a Master's degree. In 1951 he and Joan were married and enjoyed 68 years of marriage. After graduation Bernie worked at the Raritan Arsenal in NJ and then the Wyssmont Co. in NY. In 1955, Bernie joined Combustion Engineering, first in the nuclear components division and then the industrial division. In 1960 the industrial division moved to Windsor, CT, prompting Bernie and Joan and their daughters to move to Bloomfield. He was employed by CE for 30 years. At the time of his retirement he was Director, Performance Design, Fossil Power Systems Engineering. After retirement, he continued to work as a consultant for CE. He was a life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the Jewish War Veterans Post 45, and belonged to Beth Hillel Synagogue in Bloomfield for over 50 years. He and Joan traveled far and wide, overseas and in the Americas. Bernie enjoyed many sports- golf, tennis, cross-country skiing- but his favorite was racquetball, in which he excelled.In addition to Joan, he is survived by three loving daughters and their spouses, who gave so much love and attention to Bernie both before and during his final years: Margery and Robert Maidman of Sharon, MA; Helaine Smith-Kushner and Steven Kushner of Granby, CT; and Beth and Matthew Slepian of Salem, NH; seven caring grandsons: Richard (Elana), Jordan and Adam Maidman; Jason and Zachary Kushner; Benjamin and Jacob Slepian; two beautiful great grandchildren: Nava and Oren Maidman. He is also survived by a special nephew, Harry Shrank, and his wife Ella. He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Shrank, and a nephew, Stanley Shrank. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to his many wonderful caregivers, especially William Owusu, for his compassionate care over the last nine months. Bernie was honest, genuine, and a man of high integrity throughout his life. May his memory be a source of strength and a blessing.A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT. Burial will be at the Beth Hillel Cemetery in East Granby, 15 Wolcott Rd. Following burial, there will be a meal of consolation at the Smith home. Shiva will be on Monday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Donations can be made to the US Holocaust Museum, P.O. Box 1568, Merrifield, VA 22116 or the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, 733 3rd Avenue, Suite 510, NY, NY 10017. Funeral arrangements provided by Hebrew Funeral Association, Inc., West Hartford.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 11, 2019
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