Leon Bernard Obituary

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Leon Eli Bernard

February 13, 1922 - July 7, 2014
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Leon Eli Bernard passed away on Monday, July 07, 2014 at Moses Cone Hospital. He was born to Rosa and Abraham Bernard in High Point, NC in 1922. He was brother to Gilbert and Herman Bernard and Gertrude Taylor. He married his high school sweetheart, on December 5, 1943 and they were together for over 60 years until Mary's death in 2003. Leon was a First Lieutenant who served as a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew 35 missions over Europe. He received the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Oak Clusters as well as the EAME Ribbon with three Battle Stars. After the service, he worked in High...
Leon Eli Bernard passed away on Monday, July 07, 2014 at Moses Cone Hospital.

He was born to Rosa and Abraham Bernard in High Point, NC in 1922. He was brother to Gilbert and Herman Bernard and Gertrude Taylor. He married his high school sweetheart, on December 5, 1943 and they were together for over 60 years until Mary's death in 2003. Leon was a First Lieutenant who served as a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew 35 missions over Europe. He received the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Oak Clusters as well as the EAME Ribbon with three Battle Stars.

After the service, he worked in High Point in the shoe business with his brother Gilbert. In 1950, Leon bought the shoe department in Prago-Guyes Department Store. He moved his family to Greensboro in 1957, where he lived until his death. In 1960 he went into the furniture business with Herman Bernard and spent over 30 years in business until his retirement in 1994. Leon played golf throughout his life, until his later years. After his retirement, he could be found at Starbucks every morning. He had a group of "Starbucks Sunday" friends with whom he discussed sports and news. Leon was a big Carolina fan and along with Candy and Alan followed their games, in particular basketball. Leon also enjoyed a weekly poker game with his friends.
Leon and Mary spent time traveling to California to visit Alan, Mary Jo and Lisa and also to Philadelphia to visit Candy and Bob. While he was working, he and Mary enjoyed going to the furniture markets and visiting with the good friends they made there. They also enjoyed hobbies of collecting Heisey glass and specimen rocks. Leon also crafted jewelry from the gemstones that they bought.

Leon is survived by his daughter Candy and husband Bob, by his son Alan and wife Mary Jo, and his granddaughter, Lisa, by Mary's brother Homer Holton and by Herman's wife Zelda Bernard, as well as numbers of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at the Greensboro Hebrew Cemetery with Rabbi Fred Guttman officiating.

Donations may be made in Leon's name to Beth David Synagogue, 804 Winview Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 or to B'Nai Israel Synagogue, 1207 Kensington Drive, High Point, NC 27262.

Hanes LIneberry Vanstory Chapel is assisting the Bernard family.

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"Leon was a wonderful man, we would visit with him at Starbucks. He has known my children since they were both babies. We will miss him very much, but..." Laura Piedad (Greensboro, NC)

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