After a long and courageous battle with cancer, our Superman has taken his final flight into the bright blue sky.
On Sunday May 10, 2020 Alan “Al” J. Berger died at the age of 73, surrounded by family, at his home in Dedham, Massachusetts. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Gale, his daughters, Meredith (Ben) Levin and Stephanie (Boris) Sinayuk, grandchildren Gabe, Jordyn and Sammy, sister Paulette Geller, brother Joe (Kathi), numerous nieces and nephews and his loyal dog Fenway. Alan was predeceased by his parents Esther and Morris Berger, brother Yaakov (Miriam) Berger, and sister Raelynn (Bill) Tuffiash.
Alan was born and raised in Rochester, New York, graduating from Brighton High School in 1964, though he always said his life truly began the day he met his beloved wife Gale. He worked at Kodak for 38 years but his favorite jobs were after retirement as a Penfield School bus driver and baseball umpire for little and adult leagues, including Cooperstown Dreams Park. He was a regular at the Brighton JCC and volunteered at various fundraisers as “Bergy” the clown. In 2014, he and Gale moved to Boston, Massachusetts to be near their daughters, to help care for their grandchildren (and for Alan to develop their sweet tooth). While in Boston, Alan continued to umpire, found great joy working at Brothers Market, and renewed his love for pickleball.
Prior to his departure from this world, he used his Jedi power to transfer his unique sense of humor to his youngest grandson, he taught his granddaughter to blow a proper wet raspberry, and he was granted one chance to “win” their special game by his eldest grandson. When he was not spending quality time with his family or flashing pictures and videos of them to strangers and friends alike, he could be found enjoying an eclectic range of live music, preparing his famous potato latkes, or planning his next great adventure.
Long known for his positive outlook on life, unique sense of humor, extraordinary smile and defying all odds, Alan will be remembered by so many as a devoted and loving husband, father and papa, who greatly appreciated and fully lived every day of his life.
A funeral service in memory of Alan will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM, at Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, Massachusetts with Rabbi Karen Landy officiating. In accordance with current social distancing orders, a virtual shiva (a time to connect with the family) will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, May 14 and 1:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, May 17. Please email email@example.com to receive information on how to attend or to leave the family a message. A celebration of Alan’s life will be held sometime next year when it is safe to gather in large groups. Please use the aforementioned email address to request a notification of this gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alan can be made to the Miracle League of Massachusetts, PO Box 524, Acton, MA 01720 or at www.miracleleagueofma.com/donate.php
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