OBITUARY

Bernard D. Boettigheimer

October 14, 1932February 6, 2020
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It is with extreme grief that we announce the death of Bernard (Bernie) Boettigheimer on February 6, 2020. He worked his entire life in finance and spent the last 36 years as an icon in the equipment finance industry.

He leaves behind a rich legacy to family, friends, associates, and his wife of 63 years. Bernie was born October 14, 1932, to Rudolph and Eleanore Dunne Boettigheimer in Mount Vernon, NY, and grew up in Pelham, NY, the youngest of five children. He attended Regis and Blessed Sacrament High Schools. He graduated Iona College with a BBA in finance and later attended Loyola University in Chicago. Bernie was employed as an analyst for Dun & Bradstreet for his first four years out of college, later followed by Officer and Director positions with public corporations, Norge Division of Borg Warner Corp., Fednor Corp and B.W. Acceptance Corp. He moved to Dallas in 1969 as the CFO of ALD, Inc., a manufacturer of commercial laundry and car wash equipment. Bernie was the recipient of the prestigious "E Award" for excellent growth in export sales by President Ronald Reagan in March 1982. In September 1983 he left corporate life to form Pioneer Leasing (later changed to Pioneer Capital Corp.). Bernie was a Director of Western Association of Equipment Lessors in 1988 and 1989. Many members remember his entrance as convention chairman riding in on a large Brahman Bull to give his welcome speech In September 2004, Pioneer Capital Corp was sold to IFC Credit Corporation and Bernie retired in April 2006. A few months later he realized there was still work to be done for the leasing industry, formed Lease Police, Inc., and served as its President.

He was a very proud man who believed in the concepts of respect, honor, integrity and hard work. His work ethic was unparalleled. He retired three times during his life, but every time he "unretired" just weeks later. At the time of his death, he was still working. His unselfish ways were legendary. Bernie never hesitated to help a relative, friend or employee in dire circumstances and affected countless people's lives. He gave his entire heart and love to his family and received his greatest joy from those endeavors.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Rudolph, Robert, William, and sister Eleanore and survived by his loving wife of 63 years Barbara Ann Boettigheimer; his children: Larry Boettigheimer and wife Stephanie, Doris Bonvino and husband Nick, and John Boettigheimer. "Papa" will be especially missed by his beloved grandchildren Trey and Brandon Bonvino, and Bret Boettigheimer, his constant companion and best buddy for the last 14 years.

Visitation will be at Sparkman/Hillcrest on Northwest Highway on Wednesday, February 1,2 from 6:00-8:00 pm, and funeral services at Christ the King Catholic Church on Thursday, February 13, at 11:00 am. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to The Fund for Iona College, Joyce Advancement House, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Jan Strimple

February 16, 2020

Dear Barbara,

I was so saddened to read of Bernie's passing and the resulting grief you and your children are feeling. Although I recall meeting Bernie briefly, I didn't know him. He certainly sounds like an amazing humanitarian who lead from the heart throughout his lifetime.

63 years of marriage is a beautiful testimony to your love of each other and your attitudes in life. That is the beauty you'll carry with you .. the rich history your love created.

My condolences to you and your children.

Jan Strimple

Doug Garber

February 10, 2020

Bernie and I met when we both worked for ALD in Pennsylvania. Bernie was the branch accountant and I had just relocated from Baltimore to become the service Manager. We became friends there. I later left ALD to join the Norge Div. of Borg Warner branch in Detroit Michigan as their sales manager. Bernie soon joined the Norge team at the home office in Chicago, and we worked closely during that time. Several years later Bernie, Roy Josephs and Kass Kasson moved to Dallas to take over ALD and their manufacturing facility Cook Machinery. Soon after arriving they needed a sales manager, and Bernie recommended me. We worked closely together for about five years. Ina and I we fortunate enough to become acquainted with Barbara and the then young children. I left ALD/Cook to take position in Milwaukee, and Bernie and I lost touch. After that as we both worked on our careers and families. Last time we saw Bernie and Barbara was at Roy's funeral. Ina and I will be forever grateful to Bernie for his support and friendship. He will be missed. We will be unable to attend the funeral service, but grieve with the family for their loss.

Doug and Ina Garber

Julie Grove Miller

February 10, 2020

Dear Barbara, Larry, Doris and John -

I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Bernie as the consummate host at your home in Canyon Creek.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Julie Grove Miller

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