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Barry H. Bernsten, Senior

Posted By Ardra Hansen On February 28, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Barry H. Bernsten, Senior

Barry H. Bernsten Senior of Phoenix, Arizona passed away quietly in his sleep on February 28th, 2011. Barry was a bigger than life character with an even bigger heart who was always willing to help any one of his many family and friends. That loving heart is now at rest. Barry was a veteran of the United States Marines, a Shichidan 7th degree black belt and long time owner of Bernsten’s House of Karate in Phoenix. Barry, or Sensei, as his students called him, was a martial arts and fitness instructor who taught thousands of people of all ages during a career that spanned over four decades. In 1980 Barry built the “New Madison Square Garden” where he and wife Donna promoted professional karate, boxing, kick boxing and wrestling. Barry also worked occasionally as a stuntman and martial arts consultant for movies and appeared in films such as “The Trials of Billy Jack”. Barry was preceded in death by his father and hero Morris David Bernsten and the son of his heart Barry H. Bernsten Junior. Barry is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years Donna, his loving mother Jeanette, sisters Marcia Beram-Hungerford (Wayne) and Helene Heckman, brothers Richard J. Bernsten and Paul V. Bernsten, daughter in law Cynthia, grandchildren Barry III (Tara), Morris, Nathan and Kira, great grandchildren Sean and Marissa, nephews and nieces Mike Beram (Marianne), Tony Beram (Maria), Nick Beram (Ada), Theresa Heckman, David Heckman and Mandy Heckman. Barry had many more great nieces and nephews who he doted on as well as friends all over Phoenix and the United States. Barry was a man who did things his way and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 10 am – 12 Noon at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ. Graveside service will follow at 1:00 pm at Green Acres Memorial Park, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. A Fellowship Luncheon will follow the service at Bernsten’s Phoenix House of Karate, 2046 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85006. Donations in memory of Barry H. Bernsten, Sr. can be sent to Trees of Israel – please call 800/542-8733. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to send online condolences. Arrangements by Hansen Mortuary.

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Condolence from Anonymous on March 3rd, 2011 12:00 am

I am saddened to learn of Barry’s passing. My condolences to family and loved ones. I knew Barry through Tony’s music events at New Madison Square Garden. I played there frequently and Barry always impressed me with his sense of humor,even when things were hectic. I suppose he enjoyed opening his doors to kids with nowhere else to go. He contributed greatly to the musical history of this town, and to my life as a musician. Thank you Barry. Kevin Daly

Condolence from Anonymous on March 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Hey you big Teddy Bear, You will be missed. I’ll always remember your smile & laugh. Have a great party w/Jr. up there. Eventually I’ll see that smile again. Love, Cousin Judy

Condolence from Anonymous on March 5th, 2011 12:00 am

Sensei, I always thought you would live forever. You helped me in ways that I still discover to this day. I loved telling you the stories of myself getting in “disagreements” with others. I know you had a million other stories that topped mine many times over. I thank you not only for teaching me martial arts but also teaching me how to interact with different personality types, how to manage multiple people, and how to believe I have more to offer then what I think I have. You helped me believe in myself and become a man. I can never repay what you had given me. I honor and bless you, Sensei, believe me when I say not only I but the world will sorely miss you. Rest well, and for the first time I will call you my friend 🙂

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