LYNDHURST, N.J. – Bernard Joseph Weis, 87, of Lyndhurst, died Thursday, Oct. 29.
He was the son of Bernard and Lillian (Donnelly) Weis. He grew up with both parents and his sister, Helen, in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Lyndhurst.
When he was 16, he learned to play the trombone, then studied privately in New York City and played in various jazz bands. In 1944, he was selected to perform with the New Jersey All State Orchestra. He played in dance/polka bands and performed with renowned musicians, including Louis Prima and Lee Castle of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. In 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and performed in the 392 Band for Army recruiting events and entertaining the troops.
After his military service, he graduated from Trenton State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He met the love of his life, Gertrude Stamp, there, and they married and settled in Montvale.
They were active members of Montvale Evangelical Free Church. The family was active in many church activities and Camp Spofford in New Hampshire. He was later the music director at Wyckoff Baptist Church.
In 1960, he received a master’s of music in performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
He spent his career as the instrumental music director at Park Ridge Schools. He was active in the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the North New Jersey Bandmasters Association, which honored him by asking him to conduct the North Jersey Regional Band.
He later married Alice Hopper. They moved to Florida and then upstate New York.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Gertrude Stamp; his second wife, Alice Hopper; and a son, Tom.
He is survived by his children, Linda, Pete, Phil, Sue, Pam and Trish; stepchildren Wilma and George (Cathy); five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Farview Ave., Paramus. A funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home. Interment will take place at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.
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