Bernard Paul Besal

November 28, 1959September 15, 2017
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Bernard P. Besal, age 57, passed from this earth on Friday, September 15, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Robert J. Besal and Helen Marie Besal. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his 8 older siblings Bob, Mike, Betty, Dee, Richard, Joe, Helen, and Bill, his daughter Tiffany and her husband Stuart, his beloved grandson John, and many nieces and nephews. Known to his multitude of friends and business associates as Barney, he was charismatic and loving and will be sorely missed. He owned 3 businesses involved in commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning and maintenance and was a nationally known leader in that industry. He was awarded 2 U.S. patents for inventions pertaining to his work. In 1989 Barney was one of the founders of the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association, a national trade organization that sets standards and rules to advance the quality of the work to protect life and property by preventing kitchen exhaust system fires. Barney and Bill spent fall weekends at their deer camp near Thomaston with their many deer hunting buddies all trying to bag "The Hartford". His love of his work was matched by his passion for motorcycling and Ducati motorcycles in particular. Over the years Barney acquired a large collection of Ducatis, many of which he lovingly restored to museum quality. He was a talented motorcycle roadracer in the 1980s and a fierce competitor on the race track. Now he rides with angels. Godspeed, Barney. A service will be held to honor Barney at H M Patterson Oglethorpe Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Rd NE, Brookhaven, GA on Wednesday, September 20, 11:00 a.m., with burial following at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive guests Tuesday, September 19, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Bernard Paul Besal

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October 16, 2017

As some people journey through life, they leave footprints wherever they go -- footprints of kindness and love, courage and compassion, humor and inspiration, joy and faith. Even when they're gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail they left behind -- a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow.

Katy Stafford

October 12, 2017

Kerry Penny told me of your passing, Barney. What a loss for our old PiHI community. I loved going to the Besal Bash and catching up with old friends. Your party crushed any "formal" reunion Pius ever had-attendance at those surely suffered due to the Bash. So glad to hear you got to Italy to ride those Ducatis my friend. Love to the Basal clan.

Terry and Thomas Turk

October 10, 2017

We were so very sorry to hear from Todd of Barney's passing after his fight with cancer. Barney was an amazing friend to Todd and it was a pleasure to share some visits with him and the family over the years. Y'all were always so welcoming and entertaining each time we were able to spend time with y'all. I loved knowing Todd had such a close friend to share his passion of motorcycles and riding with. We are sorry we were unable to attend his service, but we really enjoyed recently spending time with family and friends listening to all the wonderful stories and memories of just what a smart, hard working, loving, kind hearted, generous person Barney was throughout his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew him; he was very much loved and cherished and will be greatly missed.

Bill Besal

October 4, 2017

Barney... My "Big Brother" and my best friend... Thank you for all of your wisdom and guidance. Your work here is done and what an exceptional job you have done. You are loved and will be missed by many. You rest easy my Brother... You rest easy my friend.

Always in my heart,

Brother Bill

Dennis Poulin

September 29, 2017

One of Barney's IKECA presentations was on writing kitchen exhaust system descriptions which have incorporated into my RFP bids and have been told by recipients that it tipped the scales in our direction as demonstration of our knowledge and professionalism. I will always be grateful for the positive influence Barney's had on my business and professional development.

Lloyd Horton

September 28, 2017

Thanks for those kind words. The Besal family is truly a remarkable group of people. I can only hope my clan will handle my departure with the style and grace you fine people exhibited during Barney's send off.

Peace to you and all of your lovely family.

September 25, 2017

Heartfelt thanks from the Besal family to every one of you for enriching our brother's life. He was proud to call each of you his friend. As much as he meant to you so did you matter in his life.
True legends rarely come along and how lucky all of us were to know a real one. He is a true example of a life will lived.
Carry on his legacy by caring for others, inspiring those you meet and bestowing kindness on all.
XOXO Dee Besal ( aka nurse Ratchett)
PS. I really wasn't mean... He just got a bit cranky at times.....Peace

Grant Mogford

September 22, 2017

Barney your short number of years is surpassed by the kindness and generosity that you showed to all that knew you. Your everlasting devotion to the industry that you loved has created better lives for all of us that still practice what you have taught us. Godspeed to you, and may Nancy and your family have some solace in knowing that you will be forever missed by so many that will always share their grief.

Skip Lewis

September 22, 2017

I knew Barney only from the IKECA meetings I attended, but those few contacts were enough to convince me that he was a great man who cared a great deal about his chosen industry, about implementing ideas that saved lives and property and about helping others in the business to do the same. He was knowledgeable and passionate about it. And when the daytime business at the IKECA shows turned into evening socializing, Barney could tell a story or a joke with the best. You will surely be missed friend.

Lee Ann Armistead LaPlante

September 22, 2017

We will miss you, Barney, thank you for being a most gracious friend to so many of us through the years. Hosting the Barney Bash and welcoming so many into yours and Nancy's home, has given us a memory to hold of your giving heart...especially old OLA classmates.
Nancy, (and all the family) during this most difficult time, we will pray that Jesus and our Mother Mary give much comfort and strength to each of you.