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Bernard Verosub
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Bernard Verosub

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Bernard (Bernie) Verosub, 94, of Boonton died Oct. 29. He was born in New York City. In 1957 he moved to Maplewood, where he lived for the next 25 years before moving to Morris County. 

Mr. Verosub and his wife owned a hardware store in Newark’s Vailsburg section for 35 years. His store branched out into housewares, toys, greeting cards, sewing notions, and picture framing and for many years was a substation of the United States Postal Service. They retired, selling their store in 1982.

He attended New York City public schools and majored in aeronautical engineering at New York University. 

At the outbreak of World War II, he went to work for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Philadelphia. In 1944 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served on Guam with a military photography unit, making battle maps of the Pacific Islands and Japan from aerial photographs.

In the 1950s he was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 104 and was active in Temple Beth David in Newark. During his years as Scoutmaster, Bernie often helped scouts in his troop who needed help navigating the college admission and financial aid systems. 

After his retirement, he and his wife ran the gift shop at the Newark Museum and at Daughters of Israel in West Orange. For 14 summers, they ran the canteen at the New Jersey Y Camps in Milford, Pa. He continued in his role as adviser and counselor by helping seniors prepare tax returns and serving as a volunteer mediator for the State of New Jersey. For his volunteer efforts, Bernie was honored by RSVP, Daughters of Israel, the Newark Museum, and the State of New Jersey.

Predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Vera, in 2008, he is survived by his son, Ken (Irina) of Davis, Calif.; his daughter, Eileen (Jerry) of Denville; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 2 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.

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