LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP - BERNARD KATZ passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019, at his home. He was 85.
Born in New York City, he resided in Fort Lee, NJ, before relocating to Lawrence Township.
A U.S. Army veteran stationed in Germany during the 1950's.
Bernard was the sole proprietor of Plaza Paper Company and a partner in Colony Trading for decades.
He felt truly blessed by his family and friends. Bernie was always happy, positive, brought joy to everyone around him and enjoyed life to the fullest.
Surviving are his wife, Sheila; daughter, Pamela (nee Katz) Cohen and her husband, Richard, of Lower Gwynedd, PA, and his grandchildren, Blake and Samantha; son, Lyle Katz and his wife, Elke, of Westport, CT, and his grandchildren, Jordan and Annabelle.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 10:15 AM, at Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, 454 Cranbury Road at the Corner of Evergreen Blvd, East Brunswick. For directions please visit our "Services" page.
Happy Birthday Bernie
It still feels like your here . Thank you for your friendship. Your truly going to be missed but I can promise you will never be forgotten
I hope your having fun
Bernie hired me in 1978. I became his business partner in 1982 and "worked" with him until he retired in 2015. There may be others out there who enjoyed going to work each day as much as I did but I have yet to meet them. Thank you Bernie for all you did for me and my family.
With no more shoulder or back pain, I hope you are not just shooting your age but breaking par every outing.
To the Family of Bernie Katz,
Jo Ann and I extend our most sincere condolences to you upon the passing Bernie, our good friend of the past 20 years. I met Bernie 20 years ago at a local bagel shop in West Windsor as I traveled to my job at The College of New Jersey. My pattern every morning was to arrive at the bagel shop about 7:15 AM and Bernie would arrive about ten minutes later. Soon we struck up a conversation discussing the news of the day as reported by our respective newspapers and we found that we had much in common even though there was a 14 year age gap between us. For the next 15 plus years five days a week Bernie and I had breakfast together before going off to our daily jobs. Politics, sports, government, religion, family, our jobs, restaurants, friends and our work were just some of the topics we discussed and of course if only the world would listen to Bernie and Bob all would be well with the world!!!... So many good laughs and spirited discussions to mention.
Over the years we shared dinners together at Ruth's Chris and Blue Point Grille....my wife, JoAnn, joined us often....Bernie loved JoAnn and JoAnn and I loved Bernie, and he always beamed whenever JoAnn joined us for dinner....Bernie spent Christmas Day at our home for the past two years.....he enjoyed all of the Italian cooking and our family....…….he contributed to heartwarming dinners at our home and under the tree there was always a Hanukkah gift wrapped in blue and silver paper with Bernie's name on it. Our family enjoyed his company, his wit and intelligent conversations.....
Over the past two years Bernie's health was challenging....but he maintained that positive attitude and zest for life and was the consummate jokester....not a week went by that we did not have a brief conversation on the telephone.. he always told me, "Bob I have been blessed with a wonderful family and many good friends...I am very happy with my life...and if I die, I can say I loved my family and my friends and I am a lucky man to have had so many good friends and a wonderful family!"
Jo Ann and I have come to love Bernie. We are saddened by his death but we have been blessed to have had him as our friend for 20 years. He lived his life the way he wanted and he passed on his own terms. God Bless you Bernie and God Bless your family during this difficult time.
Bob Bartoletti, EdD
The College of New Jersey
Had the pleasure of knowing and working with Bernie for 50 years or so. As bernie would say: Who's counting. One of a kind who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him!