Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 23, 2014

Norman E. Berner, 81


Andover — Norman E. Berner, 81, of Andover and formerly of Buffalo, NY, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. Born in Buffalo, NY, on July 30, 1932, he was the son of the late Stephen X. and Mae (Cormier) Berner.

He was a graduate of Lancaster High School in New York, Class of 1951. After leaving Buffalo, NY, he joined the Merchant Marines, where he learned his love of the ocean. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and served from 1954 to 1956. He was a graduate of Boston University in 1960, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in two and a half years, going days, nights and weekends.

In 1960 he became involved in a lifelong journey in the electronics industry, which included being Intel's first outside Salesman and earning the honor of Salesman of the Year (and received a new 1967 Mustang) from ITT Semiconductor. He eventually became a founder and partner of Mill-Bern Associates in Woburn.

He had been a resident of Andover for the past 47 years and was a member of the North Reading Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4544. Norm loved golf and whatever his grandchildren were doing.

Family members include his beloved wife of 62 years, Anna J. (Tryder) Berner; his sons, Norman E. Berner, Jr. and Stephen X. Berner, II; his daughter, Lisa M. Layman and her husband, Robert, all of Andover; his brothers, Alvin C. Berner of FL and the late Kenneth C. Berner; five cherished grandchildren, Matthew, Abigail, Andrew and Patrick Layman and Jacqueline Berner. He is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, January 20, at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Augustine’s Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.