David W. Bernard: A Gracious
W. Bernard loved his family and he loved golf, and he
liked to combine his two passions. Every July, he played
in a father-son tournament &emdash; twice in one day
&emdash; so he could do 18 holes with each of his sons,
Mark and David Jr. Before his daughter, Jill, was married
last summer, he arranged a foursome with his two boys and
his soon-to-be son-in- law. And he taught his wife of 33
years, Nancy, how to play.
"He was very patient with me," she said. "He wanted me
to play golf so that when we traveled together we could
do it together." (In return, he went shopping with her.)
Despite his low golf handicap (just nine) and his fierce
competitiveness, Mr. Bernard was a gracious winner, said
Mrs. Bernard: "Nobody could ever be mad at him. He just
had a very easy way about him."
Mr. Bernard, 57, was an industry specialist for the
Internal Revenue Service and was based in Boston. On
Sept. 11, he was on his way to a meeting at the I.R.S.
offices at 7 World Trade Center when the first plane hit
the towers. He was struck by falling debris and died of
his injuries on Dec. 11.