February 13, 1937 – May 5, 2018
Bernard “Bernie” Wolfson age 81 of Coconut Grove passed away on May 5. Beloved husband of Jessie Fox Wolfson. Loving father of Howard (Pamela) Wolfson, Helena (Matt Fulgham); cherished grandfather of Abeni, Jacob, Asher and Sophia; dear brother of Norma Berenfeld, Marilyn Stoler, Jessica Wolfson, Anita Wolfson (Glen Osen); brother-in-law of Victor Fox and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Bernie, born on February 13, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY attended the University of Florida, a brother in AEPi, then graduated law school from the Univ. of Miami. Bernie utilized his law degree with his real estate and business acumen, learned from his father, to become a successful real-estate developer of a range of properties including office buildings, shopping centers and a passion for hotels. He was the General Partner of Hospitality Operations, Inc. developing, building and operating many hotels under the Hilton brand in South Florida since 1994. He held a position on the Hampton Owners Advisory Council for a decade. His most recent success is the award winning Brickell Hampton Inn & Suites. Bernie enjoyed all aspects of designing and planning this hotel which earned the Green Building Certification. He personally selected world class art including the work of the renowned artist Henry Whitaker. A committed patron of all the arts with a particular love for theater, he supported theaters in South Florida and Western Massachusetts where he resided half the year. The Wolfson Center of Barrington Stage Company is one of his proudest philanthropic endowments. His devotion to Judaism and support of Jewish culture and community will always be a part of his legacy. Bernard will be remembered for his generosity, passion, intelligence, boyish spirit, wit and his dedication and love for his family. He will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will take place Tuesday, May 8, at 10:00 am at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd, Coral Gables. Burial to follow at Lakeside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation or Temple Judea.
- Funeral Service Tuesday, May 8, 2018
- Burial Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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May 10, 2018
Mark and I will always be grateful for Bernie’s kindness to us. His beautiful smile, spirit and family will be in our hearts and thoughts daily. We miss him greatly!
May 8, 2018
My most sincere condolences to Bernie's family. Bernie - what a great man. It is my pleasure to have known him and to have learned from him. Our adventures in art together will stay with me always, and i have him to thank (and Howard you too !) for helping to build my business, trusting in me, challenging me and encouraging me - not to mention making me work harder to make him happy and to creating an even better result than I could imagine. He was an inspiration to me and I know, to countless others. Rest in peace Bernie, for you have earned a little break. Wherever you are, I hope a beautiful sports-car awaits .
xxx Deni Quinn, ArtSpex.
May 7, 2018
On behalf of Pacific National Bank, please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. Mr. Wolfson and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
With deep sympathy, I remain.
May 7, 2018
Dear Jessie, Howard, Helena and the rest of his sisters and grandchildren. BW was one of my good bosses together with Mark Starkman and his long time secretary, Carmen Carbajal. BW was a good person, great business man, intense in everything he did but with a good heart and sense of humor. I always remembered this one time the office group going to lunch and the waiter asking do you want Perrier water, Evian water, etc. etc. and BW replying "water from Biscayne bay is fine". We all had to laugh.
He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
May 6, 2018
Bernie was definitely one of the good guys. He will definitely be missed by many. May he rest in peace. My guess is he is up in heaven right now organizing a meeting with fellow AEPi brothers who got there ahead of him.