BERNARD M. SCHWARTZ
Bernard M. Schwartz, 81, died in Akron, Ohio on December 16, 2021. Bernie was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 1, 1940 to the late Murray and Dorothy (nee’ Weiss) Schwartz. He moved to Akron with his family in the 1950’s and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1958. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Akron. Bernie worked as a Magistrate in the Summit County Juvenile Court for nearly 20 years, and he served as a Magistrate in the Summit County Domestic Relations Court for another 10 years before retiring in 2001. Bernie was a devoted Brooklyn Dodgers fan in his youth. He played baseball all four years of high school, and he lettered from 1959-1962 while playing for the Akron Zips, mostly as a second baseman.
Bernie loved the outdoors and jogged daily in the Sand Run Metro Parks for decades. He spent weekend mornings bicycling with friends from his home in West Akron to Peninsula and back. His most beloved avocation, however, was training dogs, and Bernie and his yellow Labrador retriever, Maggie, were part of the inaugural class of the Doggie Brigade at Akron Children’s Hospital. Before the death of his last dog in 2017, Bernie enjoyed 25 years volunteering on the Brigade and loved every minute of it. Bernie and his dogs also participated in programs at the Cuyahoga Falls Library where elementary school children practiced reading to therapy dogs.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte, children Brenda Schwartz (Steven Mastrantonio) and Joel Schwartz, and grandchildren, Michael, Natalie, and Olivia Mastrantonio. He is also survived by his sister, Renee Davidson of Las Vegas, Nevada, and his brother, Steven (Arlene) Schwartz of Bath, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 20th at noon at Gordon-Flury Memorial Home, 1260 Collier Road in Akron with interment to follow at Rose Hill Burial Park.
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