Monte Bernstein
Monte Wolf Bernstein, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday April 9, 2015 at his winter home in Keystone Heights, Florida, near Gainesville. He also lived in Hadley, NY in the summer. Monte was the son of Joseph and Harriet Bernstein of North Miami. He graduated from Great Neck North Senior High School in New York in 1968, The University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1972 and The University of Miami Medical School in 1976. Before he retired, Dr. Bernstein was an Anesthesiologist at Hollywood Medical Center and Memorial Regional Hospital and was a partner at Anesthesia Associates, all in Hollywood, Florida. Monte is survived by his sister Sandy (Gary) Kornheiser, his ex-wife and lifelong friend Kathi Silverman, and his many cherished friends. Monte was best known for his many varied interests, charisma and skills including sailing, but primarily as a reliable, responsible, true-blue and devoted friend. Monte will be greatly missed by all who ever knew him.

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I was Monte’s Broker for 22 years. We became very close friends and had many cherished memories. I will never forget him he was wonderful to me. I cherish his memory.
Shirley Ann French
Friend
September 22, 2020
Hard to believe it's been 5 years since this wonderful person passed. My family and I think about him and the truely nice person he was. This collection of thoughts on Legacy shows the impact this man had on us all.
Wayne Schonfeld
April 9, 2020
I still miss him and think of our good times frequently!
Ken G
Friend
April 8, 2020
Bruce and Angie Strandhagen
April 8, 2019
Every time I drive by his house I think of him. This time of year he was getting excited about going up to his summer place in New York. Just before he passed he was talking about building a new cabin and said he couldn't find a builder for two years and said at his age he couldn't wait that long. Sadly his dream never came to fruition. A great man and true friend. We will never forget you.
April 8, 2019
Buddy Mevorach discussing with Monte a fiberglass repair on the bottom of Buddy's sailboat in Lake Luzerne, NY.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Veni, vidi, Vici!
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte horseback riding between 1995 and 2005.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte sailing the Sea Wolf in 1989.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte and our Dad Joe sailing on the Sea Wolf in the year 2000.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte's pontoon boat at his cabin in the Adirondacks.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte sailing in the Virgin Islands when he first retired. His t-shirt says, "Monte has gone sailing forever."
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte about to jump out of the airplane.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte sailing.....
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte with Jim & Ellen in Gainesville, FL.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte adjusting the rigging at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, about 1970.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte sailing with Buddy on Buddy's catamaran "Mirage" in Little Neck Bay, NY approximately 1970.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte in college at Madison, Wisconsin 1970.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 15, 2015
Monte and Kathi 1980's.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 13, 2015
Buddy and Essie Mevorach February 14, 1988 at the wedding of Monte and Kathi. Buddy was Monte's best man.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte in the Sea Wolf dinghy in November 1989 when sailing in the Abacos with Kathi.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
The cabin top is being lowered onto the hull of the Sea Wolf at the factory in Fort Myers on December 4, 1987.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
January 10, 1988: The crane setting the Sea Wolf's mast in place at the boat yard in Fort Myers.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte with the Sea Wolf January 10, 1988 when the lift was lowering it into the water in Fort Myers.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte sailing with Kathi on the Sea Wolf in 1988 when it was brand new.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte sailing the Sea Wolf from Fort Myers to North Miami January 25, 1988, just in time for the Valentines' Day wedding.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte was ecstatic he caught such a great dinner.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte in the pilot house on the Sky Princess on his cruise to Alaska in 1991.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte took a helicopter trip over Mendenhall Glacier during his cruise to Alaska on the Sky Princess in 1991.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte with Prindle catamaran at Sandsprit Park, Stuart, FL in 1984.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte camping at Sandsprit Park, Stuart, FL.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte sailing in the Virgin Islands with Kathi in the 1980's.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
Monte swimming off a sailboat in the late 1970's.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 12, 2015
The Monte Wolf in Little Neck Bay in 1969.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 11, 2015
Monte crewing when he was in high school.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 11, 2015
Monte sailing Puff the Magic Dragon in a strong wind with the boat healing over.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 11, 2015
Monte's Thistle sailboat in the driveway in the spring ready to go in the water. Saddle Rock Elementary is across the street.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 11, 2015
Monte with horses at the Shyan's home in 1967 when Monte was 17 and in 11th grade in High School.
Sandy Kornheiser
September 11, 2015
Joe took this photo of Monte, Sandy and Harriet on the Sea Wolf.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Our parents, Joe and Harriet, on the flying bridge of the Silver Bird.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Buddy Mevorach, Monte's mentor and good friend, sailing with Monte.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Monte in his Wisconsin sweatshirt sailing on Sleep 2.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Monte at Gerry's steering wheel on the Sleep 2.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Monte on the Sea Wolf.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Monte skydiving.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Portrait of Monte early 1970's.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 21, 2015
Monte sailing on the Sleep 2 with his friends in 1980.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 20, 2015
Monte was the hospital Santa Claus for the children but the nurses sat on his lap too.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 20, 2015
Monte's airstream camper on his first property in the Adirondacks before he sold it and bought the cabin. He then moved the airstream to his new property. I believe Monte used the backhoe to move the airstream into place.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 20, 2015
Here is the original "Man Against The Sea" Photo. Monte was a camp counselor at the Bahamas Sailing Camp on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, Summer 1969 in charge of the boats. They called him Monte Motorboat.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 20, 2015
Monte in front of his hot tub in Hollywood Florida approximately 1980.
Sandy Kornheiser
August 20, 2015
Joe took this photo in 1971 when the Elisons visited: Monte, Lloyd and Rhoda Hirsch, Sandy, Harriet, Jessie and Dottie Elison
Sandy Kornheiser
August 20, 2015
Denise and I will always remember our sailing adventures with Monte. We loved the trip to Maine and back- sightseeing all the lighthouses Monte photographed! We enjoyed sharing ideas for various projects. We will miss him a great deal.
Richard Purcell
August 12, 2015
Kathi Silverman
August 11, 2015
Kathi
August 11, 2015
I only wish we could go back and start over from this happy day. Kathi
Kathi Silverman
August 11, 2015
Monte, I will always love you and I will think of you and miss you every day for the rest of my life...I have wonderful memories that will comfort me always. I wish you hadn't left so soon. Kathi
Kathi Silverman
August 11, 2015
Monte and Ruth on the Sea Wolf.
Ruth Warsoff Nunes
August 2, 2015
Monte, Ruth and Ruth's niece on the Sea Wolf.
Ruth Warsoff Nunes
August 2, 2015
Monte removing the bark from his logs that were to become posts in his new cabin.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte's logs after he removed the bark so the bugs wouldn't get in.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte with chain saw and front-end loader.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte's trailer loaded with his harvested logs on the way to the mill.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte visiting with Bonnie.
Bonnie Fuchs Glasberg
July 31, 2015
Monte had boulders delivered to his cabin to build a retaining wall for new driveway to the new cabin he was going to build or have built.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte's view from his cabin in the Adirondacks, NY.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte with his harvested trees on the site of his new cabin before they went to the mill.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte had completed his stack of logs set to dry during the winter.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte harvesting his trees to be logs in his new cabin. Monte was stacking them to dry during the winter.
Noreen Kerrigan
July 31, 2015
Monte, Bonnie and a friend on Hobie Cat Beach on the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne, Miami, 1970's.
Bonnie Fuchs Glasberg
July 31, 2015
Monte with my daughter Ashley and Caren (my sister Lynn's daughter)
Eileen Grossman Rubin
July 31, 2015
So saddened and surprised by his sudden passing. We had quite a few talks and lunches here in Keystone Hts, Fl. Really nice guy.
Mike Fletcher
June 19, 2015
I am saddened to hear that Monte passed away. RIP my friend. He was one of the best anesthesiologist I worked with in Hollywood Fl. Monte you will be greatly missed.
Coleen Barrett
June 10, 2015
Today I searched for a friend and lost my earths fire! Why does He leave the wicked to torture the world and take away our strengths? Not till we meet again will I be rekindled !!
Harry Collegian
May 27, 2015
Monte knew my family since he was young,and felt like a relative to me.Whenever we met he spoke about all of his current projects that he had planned for the summer months at his cabin. Monte was an exceptional man. It amazed me how much knowledge he had on fixing anything.While visiting both my mother and sister Eileen,he loved fixing things for them. It was a joy to know him. He is already greatly missed.
Lynn Kabot
May 13, 2015
The "Monte List" was a much used saying within our family. Every time something needed to be fixed, we would put it on the "Monte List" for him to repair on his next visit. Though very nice to have someone capable of repairing any and everything, the very best part of having a "Monte List" was the assurance that Monte would be by in the summer, and that we would have a wonderful time with him. Monte really was like part of the family, and I always enjoyed chatting with him about this and that, or joking about what the future held. Monte was always so supportive of my acting career, and would often come and see my productions, bringing me my favorite candies as a congratulatory gift. I always loved having him announced in the pre-show speeches. They would say to the audience, "Ashley Rubin would like to welcome her Mother's High school boyfriend"! But, in all honestly, we all knew he was more than that. Monte was family, and will be greatly missed.
Ashley Rubin
May 13, 2015
Monte and Noreen, Rhoda and Lloyd at Rhoda and Lloyd's house.
Sandy
May 6, 2015
Monte and Nancy sailing in the little Dragonfly sailboat in the creek at the Brooklyn Yacht Club in 1959.
Sandy
May 6, 2015
Monte with our "sisters" Nancy Elison Laub and Rhoda Elison Hirsch in 2005 on Nancy's boat.
Sandy
May 6, 2015
This was a wonderful family overnight trip on Sea Wolf down to the Miami harbor area to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks December 31, 1999 for Y2K. First time Gary slept on the boat with the family and he got "sea legs".
Sandy
May 6, 2015
The Candle Will always Glow in your Memory....Patrice
Patrice Messier-Salgado
May 5, 2015
As Eileen's sister, I've known Monte throughout most of my life. Always like an old shoe, there was that level of comfort and candid, easy talk between us, even if some years went by without contact.
When I got married my parents donated their Rhodes 19 to us. My then husband loved boats, but I had no idea how to sail. Like a great younger brother, It only took one phone call for Monte to agree to come back to NY for the summer to teach me. He was so terrific that by the time his lessons came to an end, I was capable of sailing alone from Great Neck Estates to the Throg's Neck Bridge!
One of my warm memories is watching him fix things
around my mother's apartment. It was a joy to know how easily he filled my father's shoes that way, and how much I knew that loving care meant to my mother.
I'm very thankful that I was able to speak with him at length at my nephew's wedding, and see the radiant joy he felt being there. I just wish there could be more such opportunities to chat.
Marji Grossman Wollin
April 29, 2015
Monte's birth announcement August 17, 1950.
Sandy
April 24, 2015
Monte's birth announcement page 1
Sandy
April 24, 2015
Monte's birth announcement page 2
Sandy
April 24, 2015
My fondest memory was Monte taking me on his sailboat on the long island sound on a beautiful day and how totally at peace he seemed as we sailed under the Throgs Neck bridge.

Rest in Peace. Judy Fryer
Judy Fryer
April 22, 2015
Monte sailing at the University of Wisconsin.
Eileen Grossman
April 22, 2015
Monte and me at the Bernstein's on our way to the Great Neck North Senior Prom, 1968.
Eileen Grossman
April 22, 2015
Monte on his Thistle sailboat named Puff, when he was 15. This was a wood boat that Monte had to completely sand, varnish and paint every year.
Eileen Grossman
April 21, 2015
Monte on a ski trip to Hunter Mountain with his family in 1970.
Eileen Grossman
April 21, 2015
Monte roller skating in Coconut Grove, 1980's.
Eileen Grossman
April 21, 2015
Monte and me in 1965.
Eileen Grossman
April 21, 2015
Monte and Eileen at the Great Neck North Junior Prom 1967.
Eileen Grossman
April 21, 2015
Monte with Eileen and her daughter Ashley Rubin at Eileen's son's wedding in 2014.
Eileen Grossman
April 21, 2015
Monte was the best high school boyfriend that any girl could imagine or expect. He was wonderful. Monte loved sailing, having adventures, creating things out of found objects, and lending a hand when needed (such as shoveling my parents walk and driveway whenever it snowed.). He loved Star Trek, Wild, Wild West, and thought that I looked like Emma Peel from The Avengers....how nice is that? Our deep friendship continued throughout our lives. Monte would see my daughter perform in shows, help my husband repair things (alright, Monte would make the repairs) and join us at my sons' wedding. He visited us regularly for his birthday...what a treat for me... He remained an important part of my life and that of my entire family. Monte and I went to our last High School Reunion together, and had a great time. We stopped by our old houses, the pools at Harbor Hills & Great Neck Estates, walked through town..... My writing skill can not express my gratitude and admiration that I had for Monte. I find it very difficult to accept that he has died.
Eileen Grossman
April 21, 2015
I vividly remember Monte in high school as a smart, studious classmate in Mr. D's chemistry class. It was a free for all and he was singled out by a bully but he kept his cool and displayed a single minded discipline without succumbing to the ridiculous goings on around him. A class act all the way.
Alec Roberts
April 21, 2015
Fond memories of Monte from GNPS school life! He will be missed by all Marsha Vinson
Marsha Vinson
April 21, 2015
Monte and I were high school classmates at GNN... it has been almost 50 years since we graduated and we were never in touch again, but I remember him and his smiling face ever so well. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Joyce (Jaffe) Reynolds-Sinclair
April 21, 2015
I miss you
Ski
April 20, 2015
What a Great DR. Friend and inspiration. I had the pleasure of working with Monte at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood Fl. from the late 70's to early 80's.He kept the place a sailing with his humor handsome looks and his gentleman ways. We remained friends all these years. Our talks on the phone about what next project he was about to tackle or the new photo on our list. We would email our latest photo of life nature love or who could top who. It became a monthly view. So my Dear Friend I know you are busy as I write this sailing or building or just tinkering around..I will miss you .And Thank You being You.
Patrice Messier-Salgado
April 20, 2015
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