Bernard Sterling, 88, of Netanya, Israel, died July 4, 2011. Born in Jersey City, he lived in the Bronx and then in West Orange for many years before making aliya to Jerusalem in 2006. He later moved to Netanya.
Mr. Sterling served as a CPA for more than 60 years at Sterling, Goffman and Feldman LLC in Fairfield, building a personal relationship with many of his clients. After his aliya he continued to keep his hand in his firm and retained a handful of clients.
He graduated from the City College of New York where he also received his accounting degree and passed the CPA exam.
He began his military training while in college by participating in ROTC. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant. He served with Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in the Philippines and was stationed in Japan when the war in the Pacific ended.
He was a member of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest’s William and Betty Lester Society, and provided scholarships for children to study in Israel from selected synagogues.
He was a member of Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove. On earlier visits to Jerusalem, he attended Kehillat Yaar Ramot, where he served as a gabbai.
Predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Shirley, in 2002, he is survived by a son, Jeff (Dina) of Tel Mond, Israel; a daughter Nancy (Ted) Bretschger of Chicago; four grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Services were held July 6 in Israel.