Contributed by Jonathan Widney (Bernd’s stepson and son of Pat)
Bernd was a remarkable man, who was remarkably easy to love. He was a gentleman at all times, with a ready smile and twinkling eyes. I believe he had a very unique ability to make those in his company feel at ease and comfortable. He knew how to flatter, how to flirt and how to care. He made time for people and he had a sense of humor that never left him. Finally, he was a genteel person who knew how much a kind word, or quick smile could impact someone. I will miss him, but will always be grateful for the time he was in my life. If ever someone deserves a fair wind and following sea, it is Bernd. His legacy lives on in the memories of all those who had the good fortune to cross his path.