09.05.21

Herman S. Bershtein


Attorney Herman S. Bershtein was born in New Haven on September 2, 1925. He is the son of the late William and Bessie Burke Gamm Bershtein, and the widower of the late Shirley Lufer Bershtein. He lived in Hamden his entire life. While at Yale, at age 17, he enlisted in the Army in 1943.

Mr. Bershtein, a W.W.II Veteran, attended The Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He served with the 86th Black Hawk Infantry Division; he later served as a lieutenant under General Douglas McArthur at General Headquarters, Allied Forces Pacific AFPAC in the Far East. Among his duties, he was responsible for the transportation and security of the International Prosecution Section, which prosecuted Japanese war criminals. After he was discharged from the Army in Japan, he remained in Tokyo as a civilian employee of the U.S. Civil Service. He was also responsible for coordinating ground transportation and billeting for civilian United Air Lines crews, transporting cargo from California to Tokyo, and from Tokyo to Shanghai, China.

He attended Columbia University in New York City, University of South Carolina, Cornell University, and graduated from Yale University. Mr. Bershtein was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1953. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1954, and was admitted to the Federal Bar in 1955.  He was the founder and senior partner of the law firm of Bershtein, Bershtein & Bershtein, Professional Corporation., d/b/a Bershtein Law Center. Mr. Bershtein was a member of the New Haven County and Connecticut Bar Associations, and he was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He served as a judge advocate for many years, for the Jewish War Veterans, Hamden Post 204, now associated with Levitow, Post #45, P.O. Box 150, Bloomfield, CT 06002.  In 1967, Mr. Bershtein represented the entire Hamden Fire Department. He successfully negotiated a 52 hour work week, – reduced to a 42 hour week-with Hamden’s first Mayor, the late John DeNicola.

He was also involved in Hamden’s acquisition of some of the acreage for The Laurel View Golf Course. For many years, he was the attorney for the Paradise Country Club in Hamden. He was successful in obtaining a permanent injunction, and also damages against the Town of Hamden, which was diverting the natural flow of water to the Paradise Country Club recreational area, in order to irrigate The Laurel View Golf Course. He served as the Co-Chair of the 60th, 65th and 70th year reunions of his 1943 Hamden High School Class. He was a dedicated runner, having completed 19 marathons, including New York City, Bridgeport, Hartford, Mystic, Narragansett, Rhode Island, Boston, and Chicago. He was a previous member of the Yale Baseball Association. He is a member of the National Registry of ‘Who’s Who of America”.

He is survived by two daughters, Attorney Joy A. Bershtein of Branford, and Attorney Jan Bershtein of Bethany, and a son, Attorney Richard A. Bershtein of Madison, and ten grandchildren (William, Allison, Sheryl Leigh General of Branford; Marc and Alexa Cafasso of Bethany; Richard William, Hunter Sammy, Dylan James, Cody Sap and Shayann Shirley Bershtein of Madison). His five brothers, David Bershtein of North Haven, Alexander Gamm of Hallendale, Florida, Henry Gamm of South Carolina, James Bershtein of Hamden, and Morris Gamm of Wallingford predeceased him. He is survived by his dedicated companion, Lucy LaCava formerly of DePodesta Real Estate, and presently of Coldwell Banker.  He is also survived by great granddaughter, Jada Joy Lyman and great grandson, William General V, is due to arrive this month.

A Celebration of life will be held at Weller Funeral Home 424 Elm Street, New Haven, CT on Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00am. Burial services, to follow with Military Honors, will be held at Adas Israel Cemetery, Section “L” of Beaverdale Memorial Park, Fitch Street & Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish War Veterans, Hamden Post #204, c/o Jewish War Veterans, Levitow, Post #45, P.O. Box 150, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Friends, Hamden High School, and Yale classmates, are invited to join the family after funeral services for lunch at the Bershtein Law Center, 1188 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Parking is available in the lot across the street.

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  1. Amanda Rivera said,

    09.05.21 at 5:44 pm

    Mama Joy, AJ & Sher — I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers. I always admired photos of your poppy running in races, what a strong and dedicated man. You all carry his legacy.

    Love,
    Amanda

  2. Pauline DiGioia said,

    09.06.21 at 8:21 am

    Our family has known your family, for so many years. A wonderful, caring man and a friend to many. I read once, that “memories” never die, as long as one person remembers who died. How lucky you all are to have such special “memories”. Our very deepest sympathy to each and every one of you from my family to yours.

  3. Frank DeMayo said,

    09.06.21 at 12:09 pm

    Take solace in the fact that you had your beloved father for these many years. Sending my love to all.

  4. Tom Ney said,

    09.06.21 at 7:20 pm

    Been a long time. You were very lucky to have him as long as you did. Always remember seeing him running; anywhere and everywhere.

    Sincere condolences.
    Tom

  5. Mark R. Baran said,

    09.07.21 at 3:25 am

    It was an honor to have met Mr Bershtein on several occasions thanks to my friendship with his son Rich. I salute Herman an exemplary member of the Greatest Generation and his live well lived and inspiration to us all. My sincere condolences to his family. Mark Baran

  6. Donna M Cramond said,

    09.07.21 at 5:18 am

    I had the privilege and profound joy of running in many road races with Herman over many decades. He Never ceased to encouraged me and brighten up my day as I came up alongside him in a race. He genuinely was a kind and thoughtful man who took the time to get to know the people he met through his love of running. He will be dearly missed; but I have NO doubt that his spirit will live on in the hearts of anyone who knew him.
    My sincerest prayers and sympathy to all his wonderful family and to Lucy.

  7. Kristine Klarman said,

    09.07.21 at 8:52 am

    Joy,Jan and Richard,
    I am so sorry for you all on the passing of your
    beloved Father.
    He was quite an accomplished man.
    Road races won’t be the same without him!
    With Sympathy and Love,
    Krissy Klarman

  8. Laura A. Falcone said,

    09.07.21 at 1:46 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. I worked for Attorney Herman Bershtein back in the 1980’s for about 10 years. He was a very nice man and good attorney. May he rest in peace.
    Sincerely.
    Laura A. Falcone

  9. Sandy Barker said,

    09.07.21 at 4:37 pm

    So sad to hear of Mr Bershtein’s passing. I read the obituary and never realized all of his accomplishments, especially for the town of Hamden. I remember seeing him run in the New York Marathon back in the late 80’s with Joy and Rich behind him. Jan was kind enough to host the event rather than run.
    Hamden has lost a great representative and a great American, and he will be missed dearly by all the people whose lives he impacted.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mr Bershtein’s family and friends.

  10. Gary and Soon Lawrence said,

    09.07.21 at 5:37 pm

    Rich and Family, Soon and I have been thinking of you all today. Although we are stuck up here in Toronto, our hearts are in New Haven. I’ve been remembering so many good times with your Dad (and Mom) — from the Calhoun dining hall, to the road races, hockey games and NYC. What a long and full life, leaving such a fantastic family legacy. If we could only be so lucky. We look forward to seeing you soon, for a good solid hug, lots of love and some great stories and memories. With you, Gary

  11. Charles Richard Epstein said,

    09.16.21 at 2:56 pm

    Herman was a very old friend and attorney to my late father, Herman Epstein. I always remember him saying nice things about his friend and confidant. I send my sincere condolences to his family in this time of loss.

    Charles Epstein
    Cromwell, CT.

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