Ralph “Jerry” Bernstein

by | Jul 18, 2016 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Ralph “Jerry” Bernstein, 89, of the 1600 block of Sheppard Avenue, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at his son and wife’s house in the quiet of his bedroom.

He was a native of Norfolk, and was the son of the late Louis and Anne Bernstein.

Jerry graduated from Maury High School, class of 1946 and was a founding member of Temple Israel. He was an active member of the Tidewater Basketry Guild and an avid volunteer at Tarrallton Elementary School where he was known simply as “Poppy.”

Jerry and his wife owned and operated Atlantic Leather for over 47 years.

He was predeceased by his beloved Faye, wife of 65 years. Survivors include his daughter Ellen Bernstein (husband Dan Miller) of Richmond, son Lewis (wife Beth) of Norfolk, who he spent his last few years living with, and four grandchildren, Isaac (wife Brittany), Sydney, Rachel (husband Daniel) and Jill.

Funeral Services were held in the Norfolk chapel of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Rabbi Michael Panitz officiated. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Temple Israel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com.