Services for Robert Bernstein, an owner and co-founder of The Woods Resort in Hedgesville, W.Va., will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St. in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Mr. Bernstein, a resident of The Woods, died Thursday in Bradenton, Fla., after being taken ill while on his way to his vacation home in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 62 and had battled cancer for 16 months.
Mr. Bernstein was born in Baltimore and graduated from Forest Park High School. He attended what was then New Mexico State Teachers College and served two years in the Army.
From 1948 to 1968, he was employed in sales with the National Dairy in Baltimore.
In 1968 he began selling real estate part time, and in 1971 he joined two partners in organizing Potomac Valley Properties Inc. He served the company as sales manager and construction manager, building more than 1,400 vacation homes, mostly in West Virginia's Morgan and Berkeley counties. In 1976, the three partners began The Woods, a vacation resort community between Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed many vacation trips to golf resorts up and down the East Coast and in the Bahamas, Hawaii and Mexico. "One of the biggest kicks he got was building our own golf course," said Ray Johnston, one of his partners in The Woods.
Mr. Bernstein was a founding member of the Eastern Panhandle Homebuilders Association and twice served as president. He was a member of the Moose, the Elks and the Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Anna Mae Bernstein; his father, Oscar Bernstein of The Woods; two sons, Joseph Bernstein of Millersville and Robert I. Bernstein of Hedgesville; two daughters, Sandy Kirsh ofRandallstown, and Frannie Lee Sisson of Martinsburg; a sister, Esther Ludwig of Hedgesville; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Berkeley County Cancer Closet, c/o Mrs. David W. Kendrick, 2128 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.