Clifford J. Berkman

January 3, 1946January 11, 2011

Clifford J. Berkman, 65, of Shiner passed away on January 11, 2011. He was born January 3, 1946 in Victoria, TX to the late Clifford Clement and Gladys Denson Berkman. Clifford retired after twenty-seven years as a school teacher, having taught at Victoria, Kerrville and Judson Independent School Districts. Survivors include his son, Brian Berkman and wife Cindy of Shiner and two grandchildren, Kelsey Berkman and Cody Jay Berkman. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 6-8 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 PM, Friday, January 14, 2011 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kenny Hibbs officiating.. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jud Pickard, John Swain, Donnie Sutton, Shane O’Reilly, Bill Taylor, J. R. Lange, Kory Sutton and Jesus Boone. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Shiner Police Department, Lavaca County Sheriff’s Department, and all members of Phi Kappa Psi. Memorials may be made to the Shiner Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 308, Shiner, TX 77984 or Phi Kappa Psi House Corporation, 1621 W. San Antonio St., San Marcos, TX 78666 Words of comfort may be share with the family at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 13, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 14, 2011


Clifford J. Berkman

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Nicholas Fuentee

February 8, 2019

I had Mr. Berkman as a teacher at Judson in the 90s, we were very close. He shared so so many memories with me about the band he was in, where he worked in California, how he helped occupy Alcatraz, such a amazing life. Left a impact on me I’ll never forget. Not only my teacher but a friend, we sometimes played guitar together after school. Rest easy Mr. Berkman and thank you.

Georgina Aleman

January 8, 2019

I had Mr. Berkman in 1998 for speech class. He taught me how to study for his difficult test. This skill help me in college. He also taught me how to volunteer to give the speech first before he started his count down which afterwards everyone left would get a zero. I was thinking of him today and was sad to learn that he passed away. He was a great teacher and a great story teller.

Brian Baker

February 16, 2011

Just wanted to say that he was my English teacher at Judson High School back in the mid 90's. He and I didn't get along too well at times but, now that I'm older(and much wiser) i can say that he had have an important impact on my life. Thanks for trying to teach me and I'm sorry for not fully listening. You taught me many lessons and not just about English.


February 9, 2011


Marvin & Charlene Oehl

January 24, 2011

Brian, Cindy, and Family, We send our deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers at the loss of your father, father-in-law, and grandfather. May the loving memories of him replace the grief in your hearts to help you to carry on in your lives.
May the Lord hold you in His arms always. With love and prayers...

John & Lana Horadam

January 18, 2011

It's been a long time since we saw Cliff, but during our college days he was a regular fixture. In fact, he's the one who introduced us - PhiPsi party, blind date, 10/7/1967. Forty-three years later, we're still married. Cliff always seemed proud of that. Hard to imagine a world without him in it. We'll never hear a Bob Dylan or Willie Nelson song without thinking of him.

Jody Canfield

January 18, 2011

Mr. Berkman was my Victoria Stroman High School Speech and Drama teacher back in 1977. He was a realist! He taught us more about world reality than any 100 other teachers. It was interesting that he always had Bob Dylan music playing during class. Mr. Berkman was one of a kind and affected hundreds of students in a positive way! I was just one of those students. Here is to the "Cowboy Poet", may his memory last in the hearts of everyone he knew! Condolances go out to the family of Mr. CJ Berkman as we all know you'll miss him like we will!

Richie Tooley

January 18, 2011

I'm not really sure how this will be received, but I wanted to share a story of how Mr. Berkman (he later invited me to call him C.J.) helped me through a huge personal loss.
In December of 1987, four days after Christmas, my father was killed in Kerrville. I struggled emotionally for many weeks, until finally coming unhinged in his English IV class.
C.J. immediately, took me out in the hall and told me a story of his own experiences with loss. Finally, he told me these words, words I've lived with for more than 23 years now: "Son, the pain you feel will never go away!" "But, some days are better than others." Somehow, with that simple revelation, I am able to wake up each day, and, some days are indeed better than others. Go rest high my friend!

Sharon and Robert Roell

January 15, 2011

I was so sorry to hear of Mr Berkmans passing away. My husband and me both had him as an english teacher at stroman during the years 72 -73. I have often thought of Mr Berkman while listening to the radio and hearing one of his favorites in class "American Pie" . He really was the coolest teacher and thought of fun ways to make us learn with songs. Everybody enjoyed his music and humor. I will miss him and always remember him. May God comfort his family at this time.

Deborah Tijerina Rubio

January 14, 2011

My sympathy and prayers are with you. I have often wondered of Mr.Berkman, as he was one of my favorite teachers there at Stroman High (1982). I fondly remember having a lenghthy conversation with him of a shared favorite author while the class listened. He was the coolest,also his Bob Dylan poster.