Bernard (Bernie) Nitkin

Bernard (Bernie) Nitkin, born September 2, 1920, former Democratic town treasurer of Hamden for 58 years, died at Elim Park  Baptist Home surrounded by his loving family on  February 1, 2011  of natural causes. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Nitkin and is survived by his loving wife Gertrude Markle Nitkin, his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Ruth Nitkin, devoted daughters Linda Nitkin Lambert, Risa Nitkin, and Shelly Laden Greengarden, Arlene Lebov Levine, Michael Laden, and son-in law Martin Lambert, his grandchildren Marcy Lambert Pellegrino, Jason Lambert, and Jessica and Jonathan Greengarden, Heidi Wildstein , Matthew Levine, Elliott and Sam Laden, Sharra Lebov Rini, Marcus Lebov, as well as seven great grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by his sister Hilda Nitkin Krug and a son Robert Lebov.
Bernie was a long-standing member of the Hamden Democratic Town Committee throughout his political career. He served for 58 years as party treasurer, the longest tenure in Connecticut history. He served as chairman of the Hamden Board of Assessment and Appeals for many years. He was a long time member of the Hamden Board of Finance and was also a Justice of the Peace officiating over many weddings. A firm believer in being involved in one’s community, Bernie was a member of the Masonic Order Cosmopolitan Lodge 125, a past president of the Hamden Probus Club, a charter member of the Hamden Order of the Elks as well as on the board of directors of High Meadows School. A World War II veteran who served in England as a radar technician and then a graduate of Quinnipiac University, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant until his retirement in 2008. During his professional career, he was a state director for the National Society of Public Accountants and was on the board of the Connecticut Association of Public Accountants.
Funeral service will be Friday, Feb. 4th, 11:am at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd., Woodbridge, CT.  The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven, CT. Friends are encouraged to pay their respects to Bernie directly after the internment at Laurel View Country Club, 310 West Shepard Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514. A shiva will be held on Sunday, February 6th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Michael and Sally Laden’s house, 898 Cahill Court, Cheshire, CT 06410. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org.
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  1. JOEL EVANS said,

    02.02.11 at 6:43 am

    It was with great sadness that i read of Bernie’s passing this morning. I always admired his wit and vibrant personality, Bernie would go out of his way to recommend me to his political buddies for sign work and i always appreciated that. My condolences to Gitty and her entire family on the loss of this great man. sincerely…Joel Evans and his entire family

  2. Jim Martin said,

    02.02.11 at 8:16 am

    My condolences to the entire family on their loss and will be remembered by the members of Masonic Temple Lodge No. 16 in Cheshire. Jim Martin

  3. Marcus LeBov said,

    02.02.11 at 12:50 pm

    I can only speak for myself but my sister, my 5 month old niece “LiLa” and I – all live and work in Southern California. Bernie Nitkin was my Grandfather, He had a long and wonderful life and I will always feel fortunate to have those memories of him. My devoted, Grandmother “Gertrude Markle Nitkin” has lost 2 loving husbands and 1 loving son – my father “Robert Lebov”. She is one of the strongest most resilient, Graceful and loving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing plus she’s my “GRANDMA GERT.
    “Poppy Bernie” – left us all with so many great memories that he will NEVER be forgotten. His greatest legacy will be in the wonderful family that he nurtured through the good, the bad, the sad, the rain, the snow and the “sun”.

    With all of my Love to my Poppy Bernie and my Grandma Gert,


    “Grace happens in spite of separateness. Grace means that life is once again united with life, self is reconciled with self. Grace transforms fate into courage”.

  4. Joe and Barbara Williams said,

    02.02.11 at 2:24 pm

    Dear Joe and Ruth, Sorry for your loss,you two could have been twins.If he was anything like you,he must have been a kind and sweet man.Thing of you today with our love and condolences,Joe and Barb

  5. Martin and Ardis Goldbaum said,

    02.02.11 at 4:37 pm

    Ardis and I were married on 4/10/04 by Bernie. It was a pleasure to have met him and he made us all feel very comfortable. The ceremony was outdoors in the cupola at Anthony’s Ocean View in the annex. It was a cold day but we decided to do it out in the yard in spite of the cold. Bernie was a part of our special day and we are saddened to learn of his passing. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. I will remember Bernie when I say the Kaddish prayer at my synagogue.
    Martin and Ardis Goldbaum

  6. Linda and Risa and Marty said,

    02.02.11 at 11:18 pm

    Daddy…. the emptiness we feel in missing your sense of humor, your unique sarcasm, your way and gentleness with people, your playing pool with Risa, your teasing Linda for crying so easily and your special bond and love for one of the sons you finally had in Marty. Daddy, Mr. Hamden, Mr. Mohegan Sun we miss you so much. Know that you are missed Great Poppy!

  7. Heidi said,

    02.03.11 at 12:45 pm

    We all loved Poppy. There are so many of us that have unique and amazing memories of him that we will always cherish and share with people for years to come. But let’s remember who he was and what he loved. He loved to LAUGH and make people LAUGH. So now that we are looking back on his life let’s remember to laugh in celebration of him. We miss you and love you Poppy xoxox

  8. Mark and Susan Fineman said,

    02.03.11 at 4:10 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to Bernie’s family. We remember Bernie fondly from our days at Charlton Hill. May he rest in peace.

  9. LOIS and JERRY JASON said,

    02.03.11 at 6:53 pm

    Dear Bernie’s family…I thank Bernie for being the catalyst for my eleven years as an ARTS COMMISSIONER and still going strong. Always a pleasure to visit when we saw Marty.
    Our most heartfelt condolences to Linda and all of Bernie’s family.
    Most warmly and shalom,

  10. Bobbsie Hertz Rifkin said,

    02.04.11 at 10:21 am

    I was sorry to learn of the death of your Dad. I lost my Mom exactly one year ago, and my Dad several years before. I remember you very well in Hamden schools and through our mutual friend Sally.
    Again, soory for your loss.

  11. Marcus LeBov said,

    02.05.11 at 2:11 pm

    I just wanted to send 1 more comment from Sunny California – We all know how much Poppy loved the SUN. I’m so happy that he got to see my niece “LiLa” before he passed – She is AMAZING, bright, beautiful and precious That’s from her Uncle’s P.O.V.

    They don’t make men like POPPY BERNIE anymore – and that’s just a sad FACT in America these days –

    But in closing – I very much wanted to send my MOST sincere & deepest regards and LOVE to Risa, Linda, Marty Jason & Marcy… Who were always so caring and warm to my sister and I since THE START.



  12. Mary Elizabeth Lang & Bruce Neild said,

    02.12.11 at 3:20 pm

    Dear Linda and Marty,

    Please accept our condolences on the death of your father and father-in-law, Bernie Nitkin. We just read about it this week in the _Cheshire Herald_. We lost Mary’s mother, Frances Lang, last November at age 91, and though she had lived a long life and suffered only a short time, we still miss her terribly.
    Sorry to have to write on the web site instead of sending a card, but we don’t have your current address. Please know we are thinking of you just the same.

    Mary and Bruce