Bernie, the honoree at the 1990 Baseball Awards Dinner.
Bernie retired in the mid-1980's and expanded all of his previous "free-time" activities, despite a bout with prostate cancer. Nothing stopped him from his involvement in the lives of his daughters, grandchildren and friends.
Jan, who was teaching school across the bay in Redwood City, would be delighted to come home and find a bag of fresh-grown produce from his garden waiting on her doorstep. Brayton Street neighbors also appreciated Bernie's generousity and unexpected
gifts from his garden.
He hosted weekends with the Mayer girls who would journey home to Brayton Street for a "weekend with Bernie" full of laughter, remeniscing, and probably a trip to Caspers or Bancheros!
The family gathered for other occasions as well such as birthdays and special occassions such as Jan's doctoral graduation from USF.
In May of 1990, Bernie was honored at the East Bay Baseball Banquet. He gave a
speech full of cherished memories and received a placque in front of a large audience filled with friends and baseball players spanning many years of experience. Father Jack Connolly, who had played baseball with Bernie when there were children and can be
spotted in Bernie's scrapbooks, was on hand to honor Bernie.