Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, February 06, 2006 at 12:27:52 :
San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, October 6, 2001
BERMAN, Ben -- 85, peacefully died in his sleep 10/4/2001 after a 10-year fight with cancer. Ben was born, raised, and lived in San Francisco until one year ago, when he moved to a retirement community with his wife of 62 years, Irene. Ben is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law Don & Penny Berman of Novato; daughter Barbara Jacobs of Novato; grandchildren, Jessica Jacobs-Spencer, and husband Paul of Arcata, Amy Rae and Joel Berman of Novato; and great grandson Sage Spencer. Ben served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He worked as a teamster for 30 years before retiring when he was stricken with Guillian-Barre syndrome, a rare disease he battled successfully at St. Mary's Hospital This inspired him to volunteer full time for the next 21 years at St. Mary's Medical Center in the Rehabilitation Services Department, in San Francisco, where he logged over 40,000 hours. He touched the lives of countless patients recovering from traumatic injuries and illnesses and gained the love and respect of the Rehabilitation staff at St. Mary's. In July of 1991, The Ben Berman Rehabilitation Center was opened through a very generous gift of Mr. James Pelcey, a former patient and admirer of Ben's. Ben's hobbies included fishing and boating in his younger years, and he became an avid computer buff at 80 Ben was a dedicated family man, known for his generous nature, big heart, and commitment to accomplish what he set out to do. Funeral services will be held at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, located at 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael at 2:00PM on Sunday 10/7. Ben would have asked for any contributions to go to the St. Mary's Rehabilitation Center located at 2200 Hayes Street in S.F.
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