MANSFIELD, MASS. — George Bernheimer died on January 10, after a relatively brief battle with cancer, with his wife, sons and close friends at his bedside. With his wife Jackie, George was an antiques dealer doing business as Moonstone Antiques, specializing in antique and estate jewelry, American Indian baskets and antique bottles.
Bernheimer was born in Munich, Germany, in 1933 to Louise (Nassauer) and Paul Bernheimer. He was a great-grandson of Lehman Bernheimer, the founder of L. Bernheimer, one of the most prominent antique art businesses in Europe. Shortly after the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938 throughout Germany and a brief incarceration of the adult members of the family in Dachau Concentration Camp, the Bernheimers fled their homeland.
After a year in London awaiting their US visas, the family eventually settled in Norton, Mass. Bernheimer attended Bristol County Agricultural High School and later served with honors in the US Army at the end of the Korean War. While stationed at Fort Polk, La., he met Jackie Trull, whom he married in 1954. The couple settled in Mansfield, where they lived together for nearly 60 years.
Bernheimer was a longtime employee of the Foxboro Company. In 1971, he co-founded the Norton Flea Market, which grew to be the largest weekly show in New England. Following in the family tradition, George and Jackie eventually went into the antiques business under the guise of Moonstone Antiques. The couple was a familiar fixture at antiques shows from Maine to Louisiana and all points in between. Bernheimer was an avid tennis player, continuing to hit even as he passed his 80th birthday on May 29.
He is survived by his mother, who lives in Laguna Woods, Calif., aged 102; his wife Jackie, their sons Paul and Max Bernheimer and three grandchildren, Alexandra and Paul Jr of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Ella of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. George was much adored by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Donations in memory of George Bernheimer can be made to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org/donate.