Bernard Haver, 83, a lifelong resident of Atlanta, died Saturday, March 2, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ida and David Haver and sister Hilda Goodelman. He is survived by his sisters Faye (Irwin) Siegel, Paula (Ray) Chambers, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, who affectionately called him “Uncle Nardie.” Bernard spent nearly 50 years working side-by-side with his father at D. Haver Grocery, a family owned neighborhood grocery store on Martin Street in southeast Atlanta. Bernard had a special love for working in the soil and growing flowers, fruits and vegetables. During World War II, his family assisted in the war effort by planting a Victory Garden.
As a young man, he and his father raised homing pigeons and belonged to a local pigeon club. They enjoyed hosting dinners for soldiers from Fort McPherson and served pigeon as the entree. There were over 300 pigeons who called their yard home. His happiest days were spent with his loyal companion Ben, a toy poodle, who loved to share Bernard’s dinner.
Bernard’s last years were spent living at The William Breman Jewish Home, where he said in his own words, “They really know how to take care of people here.” His favorite days at the Home included when Happy Tails brought dogs to visit and when he won a round of bingo. The family would like to thank the many nurses and caregivers who were the angels, so attentive to his needs. A special thank you to Mary Fleming, a woman who offered special kindness and shared many Chinese dinners with Bernard. One important volunteer, Steve, spent many hours with Bernard playing checkers, card games, and sat outside with him on warm sunny days. A graveside service was held Monday, March 4, 2019 at Greenwood Cemetery. The family asks that donations be made to the William Breman Jewish Home or Weinstein Hospice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.