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“I am so sorry to read about Bernie's passing. I wrote a story about him for the Hartford Courant years ago and think of him often. I went to visit...Read More »
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“Jane and Martha,I want to express my sincere sympathy in learning of Bernie's passing. I will always have fond memories of the snappiest dresser who...Read More »
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“Just learned of Bernie's passing andwish to express my condolences to Janeand Martha. Your Dad and I go back a longway with every minute a glorious...Read More »
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“He was a love able guy, and everyone who knew him will miss him! All my love to the family,Bob Birnbaum ”
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“Hi, Jane,I was sorry to read about your dad, but what a long life! My thoughts are with you. Best, Suzanne Salamon ”
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Bernard "Bernie" Matlaw died peacefully in his sleep at home on August 2, 2019, at the age of 95.
Bernie was adored by daughters Jane and Martha;son-in-law Michael Weinstein; grandchildren Ben Kaufman, Nate Kaufman and Jaya Mathur, Hannah Weinstein and Ted Falk, and Max Weinstein; and sister and brother-in-law Sybil and Donald Golden and their children; and Kofi Adarkwah and Pascal Kawurake who cared lovingly for Bernie during his final years and to whom his family is forever grateful.
Bernie was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Doris Siegel Matlaw, and his longtime companion Ziona Kaplan-Weber.
Bernie grew up in New Haven, CT, and graduated from UConn with a degree in business. During his sophomore year, he enlisted in the army and served as a medic in the Battle of Okinawa and was later stationed in Korea. He married his college sweetheart Doris in 1948, and for the next 40 years, they ran the Siegel Shop, a women's apparel store. Bernie and Doris were founding members of Beth El Temple.
Upon his retirement, Bernie continued his hobbies: gardening, roller-blading, golfing, and swimming daily; and playing on rugs, in pools, and on streets with his grandchildren. He continued to follow his beloved Boston sports teams, but those took a back seat to UConn women's and men's basketball. Bernie also volunteered for many years as a Lemon Law arbitrator for the State of Connecticut. Bernie maintained an extensive network of lifelong friendships that included his fraternity brothers from Phi Epsilon Pi, friends he and Doris cultivated throughout their marriage, and for the past seven years, the friends he made at The McAuley. Above all, Bernie was appreciated for his personal style, his sense of humor, and his ability to tell a good joke.
A memorial service and shiva are scheduled for Monday, August 12 at 1 pm at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117, Jewish Vocational Service, 75 Federal St. Boston, MA 02110, or Me2 Orchestra, 85 E. Newton Street Boston, MA 02118.