Paul "Bernie" Bernard Hitchens, Jr.

August 12, 1952July 4, 2018
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On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Paul "Bernie" Bernard Hitchens, Jr. of Dover, Fl, formerly of Elkridge, MD. Adoring husband of Lisa J. Hitchens, loving father of Paul B. Hitchens, III and his wife Jennifer, Toby S. Hitchens and his wife Angie, Sarah J. Miles, Morgan E. Real and her wife Dana and his favorite Clover. Brother of Nancy Gilliss and the late Michael Hitchens. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Jason, Gage, Sydney, Xander, Caitlin and Cameron and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 (exit 6 off Rt. 100 south) on Tuesday from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Where a Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11:00 am. Inurnment will be held privately at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, FL.


  • Lisa J. Hitchens, Wife
  • Paul B. Hitchens, III & his wife Jennifer, Son
  • Toby S. Hitchens & his wife Angie, Son
  • Sarah J. Miles, Daughter
  • Morgan E. Real & her wife Dana, Daughter
  • Clover Hitchens, Beloved Pet
  • Nancy Gilliss, Sister
  • Late Michael Hitchens, Brother
  • Jason, Gage, Sydney, Xander, Caitlin & Cameron, Grandchildren
  • several nieces & nephews, others


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Paul "Bernie" Bernard Hitchens, Jr.

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Melissa De Simone

July 24, 2018

I met the Hitchens back in 2004 when I worked as a waitress in a pub in central London. They’ve always been wonderful people and helped me when I needed most. We became friends, very good friends. In November that year I fractured my leg and I was in a bad way, then this Big Teddy Bear called Bernie said to me, whatever you need we are here for you. I have many wonderful memories with Bernie and his family, but there’s one that we always laughed about..... I had to go often to hospital and had to use public transport, so Bernie offered to take me for my appointments. One morning he came to pick me up to take me to the hospital and said, ‘so Melissa, how do we get there?’, mind you, back in the day the smart phones didn’t exist.... So I replied, ‘I have no idea, but if you follow that bus we’ll get there....’
He looked at me and laughed and said ‘ok, no problem’ and there we went following the bus, stopping behind it in all bus stops, the driver got suspicious and stopped the bus for a while but then carried on.... we were laughing and thinking that he might call the police.... but he didn’t.... in the end we got to the hospital in time and managed to go back to my house on our own lol. We laughed about this a lot afterwards and people wouldn’t believe I asked him to follow the bus!!!!
You are deeply missed my dear friend, I am sure you’re making people laugh where you are now. Love you forever, till one day..... 🙂

Kristin Mrozek

July 23, 2018

I sponsored Lisa and Bernie when they first arrived in London. Bernie’s size could be intimidating, but we quickly learned that Bernie was a true family man and that he loved cars as much as my son, Josh. We would walk down car dealership row which also had posh hotels. Bernie and Josh were in car heaven looking at all the expensive cars. I know Josh’s favorite was the Mclaren and I’m sure that Bernie enjoyed it as well.

Andrea Kolczynski

July 21, 2018

My memories of Bernie center around Girl Scouts....his help with hauling everything from tents to bridges to the scouts themselves, his patience in storing “just one more thing” in the ever-growing Girl Scout corner of his garage, his willingness to buy coffee and hot chocolate during cold-weather cookie sales. I also remember his dry sense of humor....he could drop a one-liner or tell a story that had everyone chuckling. He was a wonderful GS Green Knight and an all-around great guy.

Bill Sims

July 20, 2018

Bernie and I met when we both lived in the Catonsville area he was in the towing & repo business and I was doing auto body repair & painting & we became very good friends and unlike most of my "friends" at the time Bernie never once tried to take advantage of our friendship nor did I . We spent countless hours buying & flipping cars among other adventures. Since our birthdays were one day apart we celebrated them together when we could , also Christmas shopping was another story , we would go shopping every Christmas Eve and every year swear we would not do that again. Even though we were miles apart for the last several years we never forgot that friendship , it was the friendship of a lifetime and one that I will cherish forever.

Mackenzie Gilliss

July 11, 2018

I will always remember as a kid I would get so excited to see Uncle Bernie because he would pick me up, toss me into the air, and kiss me on the cheek with his scratchy beard. He always had a positive presence and brought energy into every room. He will be sorely missed. ❤️

Dana Real

July 9, 2018

"You're memory is my keepsake,
From which I'll never part.
God had you in his keeping,
I have you in my heart."

It was more than an honor to be loved by Bernie and I'm so glad to have had that honor.

Nancy Gilliss

July 9, 2018

Always in Big Brother mode ready to fix my car, tell me that guy wasn’t right for me or teach me to drive a stick or motorcycle. Thank goodness for the memories because you will surely be missed.
Grateful that he found such love and happiness with Lisa ❤️They had a wonderful life, beautiful loving kids and adorable grandchildren . Of course Clover and all the other fur babies were another source of love and affection.
Rest In Peace ..... Love, Nancy