Richard J. Bergman, 76, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 6, 2023. Born in New York City on November 12, 1946, he is the son of the late Leonard and Nettie Bergman.
Richard graduated from Francis Lewis High School in Queens, New York in 1964. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in 1968 and his dental degree from New York University in 1972.
Richard met his wife, Barbara, in high school at age 15. A member of Mu Sigma fraternity, Richard was introduced to Barbara by his matchmaker cousin, who was also Barbara’s friend and sorority sister. The two married in 1968 and relocated to the Capital District in 1973. They spent 54 years by each other’s side building a family and life together.
Upon moving to upstate New York, Richard began working at Family Dentistry, where he soon became a partner and later a solo practitioner of the Troy, New York practice. Until his retirement in 2019, he was beloved by his patients and staff due to the exceptional and gentle care he provided, as well as his friendly demeanor and quick wit.
Residing in Clifton Park and Boynton Beach, Florida, Richard and Barbara had a wide circle of dear friends. He was an avid reader, sports fan (Go Giants!), and lover of music. In his later years, Richard enjoyed playing golf with his friends, spending time with his grandchildren, attending their activities, performances, sporting events, and school activities, and perpetually watching Fox News. He will be remembered for his love of family, loyalty to his friends, his passion and exuberance for politics, and his enduring sense of humor.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Bergman; his children, Jennifer (John) Ellinwood, Melissa (Derek) Squire, and Michael (Beth) Bergman; his adoring grandchildren, Jackson Ellinwood, Sam Ellinwood, Rachel Squire, Jacob Squire, Emma Bergman, Ari Bergman and Max Bergman. He is also survived by his niece, Felicia Hornstein Fonseca, and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his sister, Helaine Bergman Hornstein.
Funeral services for Richard will be held on Thursday, February 9th at 10:00 am at Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave. Albany. Burial will follow at Cedar Park and Beth El Cemeteries, 735 Forest Ave in Paramus, New Jersey.
The funeral services will be live streamed on Facebook and can be viewed by "Liking" the Levine Memorial Chapel Facebook Page. The livestream will begin promptly at 10:00am. If you are unable to view the services live the video will remain there to be viewed later.
Those wishing to remember Richard in a special way may make memorial contributions in his name, Dr. Richard J. Bergman, to either Congregation Beth Shalom, 688 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or The Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donat.
Richard's service may be viewed by logging on the Levine Memorial Chapel Albany, NY Facebook page starting at 10am on Thursday, February 9.th
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