Bernard "Bernie" William Grozine, 69, passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer.
He was born May 6, 1950, in New York, New York, the son of Dr. John and Felice Grozine. Bernie attended the University of Georgia where he met his beloved wife, Sharon. He graduated in 1972 before earning his Master's Degree in History, also from the University of Georgia. He and Sharon were married on November 1, 1975. Savannah became Bernie and his family's forever home in 1986.
Bernie was a devoted, loving, and fiercely loyal husband, father, and grandfather. He was a larger-than-life friend to all, who was always the first to offer a hand. His quick wit and sharp humor will be sorely missed by all.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon; daughter, Abby Grozine Prussack; son-in-law, Andrew Prussack; son, John Russell Grozine; daughter-in-law, Jessica Grozine; and grandchildren, John "Jack" Westbrook Grozine and Quinn Louise Grozine, all of Atlanta, Georgia.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, Georgia. The Reverend Hunt Priest will officiate. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416 or Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, Georgia 31411.
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A good man and a good friend, through thick and thin. Dozens of Grozinisms are running through my head, from over the years. A term he used often, but never of himself, he was a "Greyhound of the Industry". To Sharon, he never spoke of you, without adding, "Who I love more than Life" and I know he meant it. To John and Abby, whenever we were catching up on personal news, he never missed an opportunity to share some of you that belied his pride. If he ever got mushy, which would seem a strange description of Bernie, it was when he told me about the grandkids, or the dogs, his real soft spots. Thanks for sharing him with us. We will all miss him.
- Donna and Arthur Roberts,SC, Okatie
Bernie was a great, proud husband and father! What a standout friend. Our prayers are for your souls, body and spirt to find peace, comfort and strength as you adjust to a new chapter of life. Carole and Fred Beason
- Fred Beason,Ga, Tybee Island
From the time Bernie hired me at US Lines to Peeples Industries to Inchcape to CMA-CGM. I have been able to call him Boss, Mentor, and most of all Friend. Sharon, John, and Abby, there was never a conversation we had that didn't contain a story of his love for y'all. The good Lord has a plan for all of us. I know he brought me back home to spend one last time with Bernie. During that time I was able to tell him what he meant to me and my family. "Safe Passage" Bernie Grozine our prayers are with your family.
- Mark Taylor,Georgia, Tybee Island
With heavy hearts, we grieve the loss of Bernie after his courageous battle with cancer. Up to the very end, our conversations were always about his licking this cancer and being able to get together. We share the thoughts of the fun times in Boston and Yonkers that we had. Bernie will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Fair winds and following seas my friend......
- RADM Frank and Marie Johnston,California, La Quinta
Bernie was a great boss who I respected and appreciated. He stood by his employees and always went to bat for us if needed. I will always remember his quick wit and talks about finances. He tried to put us on the right track like a father would. He will be missed by all.
- Helen Jones ,Georgia , Savannah
We grieve the loss of Bernie with all of you. He was such a great man, husband, father, and grandfather. He taught me a couple things personally which I will never forget: about the Green Egg, how to build a real fire, and what the tide really is. Will and I were lucky enough to spend some time with Bernie, Sharon, John and Jack a couple months ago in Savannah and that was so great. We will miss him and our prayers are with all of you.
- The Buchach's, Atlanta, GA
Bernie, a wonderful man who adored his wife and family. Sharon, we are so very sorry for you and your family for your loss. He was very special and super fun! All our love, Connie and Tommy Reeves (Bluffton, SC)
- CONNIE REEVES, BLUFFTON, South Carolina
Bernie was my favorite patient. We had complex discussions on anything you can imagine. I was depressed to here of his illness, but his attitude never changed, he continued to be “Bernie”. I will certainly miss him! I am sure he is currently having educational conversations with God himself!
- Dr. Tucker Brawner, Savannah, Ga
I worked with Bernie over 30 years ago and I still have such fond memories of him. Even though I called him some time later and told him, I don't think he fully understood the impact he had on my life. He pushed me to finish college. He pushed me with some funny and yet colorful speeches. He also worked to ensure I got tuition help from our company. All of his pushing and help worked, and I did finish. I ended up having a career I never dreamed of, and I feel like I owe a lot of that to his mentoring and guidance. God bless you Bernie for touching my life.
- Eddie Cannon, Acworth, GA
I didn't know Bernie as personally as I should have. In reading about him, I wish I had. Professionally, Bernie was always there for me when I needed help, and he was an active partner in solving issues or starting something new. We will miss him on a daily basis. I wish his loving family all the best memories of him forever.
- Robert Corvin, Norfolk, VA
Bernie was a great guy, I worked with Bernie for many years, and he was our eyes and ears for everything happening in the South Atlantic, we never had any problems as Bernie always took care of them and told me so, with that dry sense of humor he had that we all loved. You will be very much missed and my condolences go out to his family. He was great person.
- Ian Cairns, New York
I first met Bernie about 40+ years ago when I joined USL. We remained friends from our first meeting. Throughout those years, every time I visited Savannah I would have lunch or dinner with Bernie. We would talk on the phone every few weeks. Sharon, John, and Abby, although I never met you, I feel that I know you all so well as he walk talk proudly about you all the time. Being of like mind, I would talk about my wife and children and we would both always ask about respective families. We also became a grandpa about the same time so then both had something else to brag about. Sharon, John, and Abby, I don’t have the words to adequately express my sincere condolences. Bernie was a great guy which I’m sure you know. Martha and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With deepest sympathies. Peter and Martha Pace
- Peter Pace, Spring Lake, NJ
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Memorial Service