Bernard Fish

Bernard Donald Fish

December 2, 1927 - March 14, 2021
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    Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 11:00am
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    In light of social distancing, shiva will be private. There will be virtual shiva Minyan services on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM, March 17, 18, and 21, with the link below. Virtual visiting will follow the Wednesday and Thursday evening Minyan Services.

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Donations are being accepted for:
Chizuk Amuno Congregation

8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

101 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201


Bernard (Bernie) Donald Fish of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Sunday, March 14th, 2021 at the age of 93. He is survived by his cherished wife, Natalie Fish, his daughters, Eileen Fish Shatzman and Ellen Fish (Frank) Francois; stepdaughters, Karen Dworkin Alexander, Merritt Dworkin and Alyson Dworkin Katz; grandchildren, Jenna and Adam Shatzman, Drew NeSmith, Jillian and Mackenzie Alexander, Tyler and Brett Katz. He is predeceased by his first wife, Dolly Fish (nee Lipsitz); sister, Sylvia (Alfred) Naden and parents, Philip and Florence Fish.

In 1946, Bernie served his country and was drafted into the US Army where he was stationed in Yokohama, Japan. In 1953, he entered into the life insurance business where he later went on to form Maryland Pension Consultants and Associates, Inc in 1970. In the early days of his career he was general agent for Southwestern Life. In 1983 he formed Bernard D. Fish & Associates Inc., where he provided life insurance and pension planning for his clients. He served in many leadership capacities on various professional boards and councils.

He was proud of his work, and enjoyed going to his office every day until Covid hit. He was beloved by his clients and work associates.

His determination and will to live life to the fullest was evident until the very end.

Family was of utmost importance to Bernie. He was a devoted, doting and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was warm, friendly and kind, always greeting others with a huge smile. He was adored by all who knew him, including Eileen and Ellen’s childhood friends. He will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts.

Services are private. Link to view service virtually along with virtual Shiva schedule to be updated, please check back. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be directed to Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 or The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201 or the charity of your choice.
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Stanley and Marla Segall

Posted at 10:19am
Dear Ellen, Eileen, Natalie, and extended family: We are very sad of the passing of Bernie. Cousin Bernie was a special, likeable, kind, handsome, personable, nice, and good person. Growing up in a family of 12 first cousins was my claim to fame with Bernie leading the way. He was always to look up to and admired by all of us. As years passed and I got to know Bernie as an adult more than just my older cousin, I realized what a wonderful person and man he was and is. We will miss him greatly. Rest in peace.

Ilene Levine

Posted at 10:42am
I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your and your family.
Ilene and Andrea Levine

Benjamin Ben-David

Posted at 08:41pm
Uncle Bernie you were always kind, considerate and a perfect gentlemen. You will be missed.

Lisa and Jerry Sopher

Posted at 11:03am
Dear Natalie and Family,
So sorry for the loss of your wonderful Bernie. We will always remember his great smile and gentlemanly style. May He Rest In Peace.

Charlotte Forman

Posted at 09:52am
Natalie and Family,
Sending heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of sorry.
Charlotte Forman & Chuck Tamres

Benita and Bill

Posted at 08:33am
Dear Natalie and family,
So sorry for your loss. He was a special man who always had a smile. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Jodie & Michael

Posted at 09:48pm
You guys did an amazing job with your eulogy. Your father was as responsible for raising me in high school as my parents were. He was loving and kind and funny and he will be missed. You are both in my heart and I love you dearly


Posted at 03:49pm
It was an honor to know Mr. Fish. He was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face and so pleasant to deal with. He will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to Mrs. Fish, Ms. Ellen, Ms. Eileen and the rest of the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Wendy Brown

Posted at 11:58am
Hi Girls, So sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. His love and kindness will always be remembered. May your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time and always.

Janice and Bruce Bolten

Posted at 11:41am
The service was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man. Sending our deepest condolences.

Carol & David Noel

Posted at 11:21am
Ellen & Eileen-
Our condolences to you and your entire family. Bernie’s memory will live on. Let your fond memories comfort you.

Sander (Sandy) Wise

Posted at 11:07am

Dear Fish Family- So sad to learn of Bernie's passing. Our paths crossed in many ways for many years- professionally and socially. Bernie was always seeking new ways to serve his clients. He was hard working, dedicated and a pleasure to be with. For some years we used to bike ride together. My condolences to Natalie and all the girls.


Pam Kasoff Bloom

Posted at 10:24am
Dear Eileen, Ellen, Natalie, Merritt, Karen and Alyson,
I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. Bernie was so warm and welcoming and I have countless memories of him from my childhood to present. I was so honored to witness his aliyah in shul for his 90th birthday! He was a role model for all to remember and was so proud of each of you. May his memory be a blessing. With love xoxo

Hinda Hoffman

Posted at 07:16am
Dear Natalie,

So sorry for your loss.

Sandy Steingart

Posted at 12:58am
Dear Natalie and family,

Three and one-half years ago, I moved next door to Bernie and Natalie. Lucky me. Bernie was friendly, kind, engaged, and engaging. I always enjoyed our brief chats and the glimpses they gave me into the person he was. I wondered where he was off to every morning until he told me one day that he drove to work every day. Bernie was 90 at the time. I have no doubt that his memory will be for a blessing.


Barbara Lichtenberg

Posted at 11:37pm
Dear Natalie, Merritt, Karen, Allison, Eileen & Ellen:
As a husband, father and friend, Bernie was caring, kind and always greeting everyone with his warm, and loving smile. Bernie was a gentlemen in every sense of the word. He will be missed by many.

Debbi Weinberg

Posted at 11:25pm
Dear Eileen & Ellen. I wish we could be together during this difficult time. I know how much you cherished your dad and he adored both of you! I will always remember Uncle Bernie's kind, patient and friendly demeanor. I especially loved our excursions to Carvels; he taught me to always take extra napkins to catch falling ice cream, especially when it had sprinkles! I still heed his wise advice whenever I eat a potentially melty treat! May his memory be a blessing and may you hold all your memories in your heart forever. Love you, Debbi & Glenn

Steve Hecht, Grapeview, WA

Posted at 07:41pm
Dear Natalie and family,
My deepest condolences on Bernie's passing. We go back a long way, probably to my first year in the insurance business in 1968, and we remained professional friends until we moved to the West coast in 2014. He was always such a nice person to be with, as well as a dedicated professional in every way. He will be missed by many, and may his memory always be a blessing.


Posted at 07:02pm
Dear Ellen and Eileen,
I have many fond memories of your sweet Dad. You were so blessed with such dear parents, and all their wonderful traits live on in both of you.
I send you and all the family my love and sincerest condolences. ❤️❤️

Susan(Morganstein) Berger

Posted at 06:55pm
I was so sorry to hear about Bernie. I remember him as such a sweet, kind man who always had a smile. Sending loving thoughts to the whole family.


Posted at 06:20pm
Dear Natalie, Ellen, Eileen and family
Was so saddened to hear about Bernie. He was such a nice man whom I always enjoyed seeing. May your memories of him be for a blessing and may he rest in peace.

Beth Schaeffer Swirnow

Posted at 04:22pm
So very sorry to learn of the passing of your wonderful Dad that I know everyone loved and adored. May his memory be a blessing
Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Sending hugs, thoughts and prayers to you all

Randee Greenwald

Posted at 03:41pm
Ellen & Eileen,
Sending love and virtual big hugs. 'Uncle' Bernie was a fixture in our childhood, and beyond!
Some of the best memories were of the Edmart and Baskin Robbins runs..."Debbi, bring extra
napkins!!" Always brings a smile! May all of the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort
during this difficult time. Love you. xoxoox

Earl Raffel & The Chatham Club

Posted at 03:13pm
Bernie was a beloved member of the Chatham Club, always charming and a true gentleman. We always enjoyed seeing him at events which he supported fully. We have wonderful memories of him and he will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Amy & Marley Simon

Posted at 12:53pm
Dear Eileen and Ellen,
We were so sorry to hear about your dad. He was always so warm and friendly whenever we ran into him. He will truly be missed.

Bonnie and Pacy Oletsky

Posted at 12:23pm
Dear Natalie and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Bernie. He was a lovely gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Debs and Joe Weinberg

Posted at 12:05pm
We are so sorry for your loss. It is especially difficult at this time when you cannot be supported by friends and family in person. May his memory be for a blessing.


Posted at 11:51am
Natalie and family,
The halls of our building are not as bright without Bernie's smile and spirit. He always shared a friendly word and was an inspiration as he tackled every day with enthusiasm.

Revanne Aronoff

Posted at 10:57am
I am so sad to learn of Bernie’s passing. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. Bernie will be missed by all that knew him. He made the world a better place.

Marty Disney

Posted at 10:38am
Dear Natalie and family,
I'm so very sorry to learn of Bernie's passing. I have great memories of living in the neighborhood, seeing him driving his Lincoln, no matter if he was coming or going; the window would come down and we'd pass the time for a few minutes. Or, if he had more time, maybe he'd walk over and we'd sit outside and chat a bit...just two guys, sharing time.
There are those rare individuals that you meet that you immediately feel like you've known them a long time. Bernie was one of those unique guys; a man that you could tell from a brief first encounter, was both kind and intelligent; while also being full of integrity...the kind of guy you wish you knew more of...
I haven't seen him in several years since we moved; I've missed those interactions...May his name be for a blessing and may you all be comforted by the warmth of great memories.

Joyce Kaplan

Posted at 10:23am
The epitome of a gentleman. Always kind, always with a smile. Sending Natalie and the family my sincere condolences. Joyce Kaplan

Elise and Richard Lessans

Posted at 09:42am
Natalie and family.....
Sending our sincere condolences on the loss of your Bernie..


Susie and Jerry Reichmister

Posted at 08:54am
We met Bernie when he started dating Natalie - what a gentle , kind soul who was surrounded by girls !!! Always doting on his own - Eileen and Ellen - he embraced Allyson , Karen and Merritt equally and was always a constant source of love and pride to them all. What a legacy he leaves for his family !!!

Estelle and barry statter

Posted at 08:46am
Sending our condolences to the Fish Family in memory of Bernie. A true gentleman and we were so sorry to read this news. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Jeffrey Saval

Posted at 08:30am
Eileen and Ellen,
My condolences to you and your family.

Ray Kahn

Posted at 08:28am
Bernie was a class act in so many way - as a person, a professional, and someone to look up to day to day. He will be missed by many but his presence will not be forgotten. Condolences to his family.

Linda and Manny Richman

Posted at 08:19am
Natalie we are so sorry for your loss.

Lynn Polashuk

Posted at 08:13am
Eileen, Ellen & Family,
I'm sorry to hear about your father. I hope the wonderful memories of your father will help heal the hurt. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Posted at 08:13am
The Chizuk Amuno synagogue community expresses our sincere condolences on the passing of our member, Bernard Fish. Bernie was a long-time member of our Cemetery Committee and will be missed. We extend our sympathies to the entire family. May you find comfort in your memories.

Patti Friedman

Posted at 07:59am
Sending you our deepest sympathy and love ,
Patti and Ira Friedman and Family

Ruth and Marty Schnitzer

Posted at 07:51am
Dear Natalie, Ellen, Eileen and Family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of Bernie. What a wonderful, warm, caring person he was. Bernie invented the word Mensch. May his memory be for a blessing and all the wonderful memories you have of Bernie be a living memorial to him. May he RIP.

Ronnie Footlick

Posted at 07:32am
Dear Natalie and family......what a sad day for everyone who knew and loved Bernie. Because of the wonderfully kind and generous man he was many of us have precious memories to keep him close.
My sincerest condolences to all!

Margie Weinberg

Posted at 07:31am
Dear Ellen and Eileen,
I am so sorry to see that your dear father passed away. He was the sweetest man and I was always so happy to see him in shul with you. Our friendship goes back many years, and you are both in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the many happy memories. Sending lots of love to you and your families.

Joel L Simon

Posted at 07:08am
Eileen , Ellen and family, please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. May his memory be a blessing to your entire family.

Sharon Miller & Lenny Wachs

Posted at 06:43am

Jeanne Berger

Posted at 06:23am
Dear Natalie and family
So sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories and may time bring peace and healing to each of you.

Jamie Miller

Posted at 06:02am
Ellen and Eileen and family ,
My sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. May your cherish memories help you during this difficult time.

Steven Schwartz

Posted at 11:11pm
Dear Eileen and Elyn —

What great memories I have of your Dad and both of you. I’m so sorry about your loss. You had a real great dad. We were the lucky ones. I hope you find peace in the great memories

Always your friend

Steve Schwartz

Gail & Bruce Mogol

Posted at 09:49pm
Dear Natalie & family,
Sending love & condolences on Bernie’s passing. He was a kind, compassionate neighbor for so many years. May his memory be a blessing.


Posted at 09:31pm
What an incredible man! Meant a lot to my parents, always had tremendous respect for Mr. Fish, may he Rest In Peace!

Francine and Richard

Posted at 09:31pm
Dear Natalie, Eileen and Ellen and the rest of your wonderful extended family.
We knew Bernie not only as a cousin, but a true friend. We never heard a negative word from him or about him. He was not just a good guy but a great person. We and everyone else who had contact with Bernie are much the poorer because of his passing.
With love,
The Shures

Ann E Bonovich

Posted at 09:28pm
My Condolences to Bernie Fish family.
May his memories be a blessing.

Carol and Staley Alpert

Posted at 09:19pm
Dear Natalie and Family
Stanley and I always enjoyed being with Bernie. Such a nice person. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

Jodie Epstein

Posted at 08:36pm
Ellen and Eileen
I’m so very sorry for the loss of your father. May your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

Bob Schaftel

Posted at 08:13pm
Rest in peace.

Marilyn and Warren Sollod

Posted at 08:10pm
Karen and Family. Very Sorry for the loss of your Step Father.

Baltimore City College Alumni Association

Posted at 07:45pm
To all who mourn for
Bernard D. Fish
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Joan & David

Posted at 07:33pm
Dear Ellen,Eileen,Natalie, & family......we are so sorry for your loss... Bernie was definitely one of the Good Guys....and we will truly miss him, his warmth , his smile, and the special man that he was.
My sweet “ Fish Twins” ..we go back to the good old Birch Hollow and Picasso Court days ....we will always have our memories and know we are here for you and yours, always .💛

John Abosch

Posted at 06:52pm
Dear Natalie, Eileen , Ellen and the entire family
Susan and I go back many years with Bernie and your entire extended family. He was a great guy and always smiling. We offer you our condolences and are very sorry we cannot be with you.

Sheryl and Stuart Title

Posted at 06:48pm
Eileen, Adam, Jenna, Ellen, Frank, Drew, and Natalie,
So very sorry for your loss. Bernie was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word with class and dignity. I saw him right before the pandemic and will always cherish that memory. May your dear, sweet, loving memories be a source of comfort. Sending love and support.

Ann Caplan Robinson

Posted at 05:46pm
Dear Ellen and Eileen
I remember both of your parents from when I was fortunate enough to have taught you both at Fort GARRISON. What a lovely family you all were.I also remember when your dad married Natalie. two. Ice people that were so happy. So sorry for all of you to have this loss. Thinking of all of you.

Ann Caplan Robinson

Phyllis Ely

Posted at 05:18pm
Sending my sincerest condolences. Bernie, who I have known most of my life, was the nicest and warmest man. He was a true gentleman. May his memory be a blessing.


Alan Kanter

Posted at 05:02pm
Dear Natalie and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Bernie’s passing . I go back to 1974 when we both had suites on the same floor at 100 South Charles Street. I always enjoyed his company and for many years we served together on the cemetery committee at Chizuk Amuno. Bernie was a wonderful man and a real mensch. I will truly miss his presence. Harriet and I pray that his memory will always be a blessing.

Robin Cohen

Posted at 04:28pm
Sending so much love to Eileen, Ellen and family. So blessed to have had Bernie in our lives. I will always remember his warmth and ready smile. May his memory be a blessing.

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