Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bernie Marder: 1915-2008

My dad, Bernie Marder, died over the weekend. He was 93 years old and he had the most incredible life. Over his long life, he was an inventor with several patents, a pharmacist, and a manufacturer. He didn't retire until he was well into his 80s. And above all he was a great father. He had been in failing health for a long time and been in a hospice program, at home, since last spring.

I was fortunate enough to spend the entire week with him last week, before going off to SPX. Even though he was acutely aware of the fact that he was nearing the end of the line, he was clear headed and we had a terrific time together. A lot of laughing. Although I don't think he ever really totally understood Beanworld, he was one of its biggest boosters.

I'm in Chicago this week with my Mom and family. Although we miss our Dad, there is no cause for mourning--we are celebrating his long life.

9 comments:

Ken said...

You have my condolences Larry. I'm glad to hear he was doing well mentally towards the end. My grandmother is the same age, and has pretty much the whole dementia/Alzheimer's deal in full effect. I don't remember the last time I heard her say my name.

drjon said...

My deepest sympathies. I lost my Dad over 10 years ago. My condolences to you and your family.

JJA said...

Very sorry to hear it. I hope he lives as long again in your memories.

carol said...

I'm so sorry. It's good that you were able to spend that wonderful time with him. Take care.

bluemoonpaul said...

Sorry to hear it, Larry. It's a blessing you had good times with him throughout your life, and at the end of his, and that you're able to visit with your family now. Our condolences to you and Cory and your family. Godspeed, Bernie!

Anonymous said...

My condolences, Larry. I'm glad you got to enjoy time with him recently.

David Goldfarb said...

My sympathies on your loss.

Steven Stwalley said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, Larry. Sounds like he was quite a fella.

Derek said...

Condolences. He sounds like a wonderful man.