Bernard J. Semel

by | Feb 29, 2024 | Obituaries

NORFOLK – Bernie Semel, 73, died on February 22.

Predeceased by parents Margaret (Jimmie) Semel and Sidney Semel, he is survived by sisters Judy Rohn (Reuven) and Debbie Evans (Mark); niece Karen Alpert (Avi) and their children, Avital and Eliav; ex-wife Tricia Pummill, stepson David Johnson, and step-grandson Benjamin.

Bernie attended Granby High and Virginia Commonwealth University. He worked as an independent businessman in Norfolk, New York, Florida, and San Diego, mainly in screen printing. His main focus was his love of family and Judo. He was particularly proud of serving as a referee at the Atlanta Olympics. In San Diego, he was a long-time member of Ohr Shalom Synagogue, at one time serving as vice president.

A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating. Donations may be made to EVMS Lawrence J. Goodrich Institute for Integrated Neuro Health or a charity of choice.

The family is grateful for the care he received at Beth Sholom Village and MHC.