Bern Walser

May 3, 2010 

“Buy the ticket, take the ride” â€" Hunter S. Thompson

Edward Bern Walser died at home after a long battle against a brain tumor.

Bern was born and raised in Raleigh, second child of Frank Walser, and Ellen Walser. He attended Sherwood Bates Elementary, Josephus Daniels Junior High School, and Needham Broughton High School. Bern attended North Carolina State University, where he majored in Political Science.

He worked initially in the building trade with his grandfather John Hornbuckle, owner and operator of Carolina Waterproofing. It was under the exacting guidance of award-winning general contractor Frank Walser that Bern acquired the skills in carpentry and home construction that would shape his professional life. Like his father, Bern dedicated himself to general contracting, becoming a master builder in his own right.

Bern is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jill Anderson; mother, Ellen Walser Manooch; brother, Ray (Sandra) Walser of Reston, VA; brother, David (Emily) Walser of Raleigh; sister, Beth Clements (Amy Bullard) of Raleigh, and Jill’s siblings, Suellen (Hal) Hudson of Pensacola, FL; Marc (Maggie) Anderson of Jacksonville Beach, FL; and Craig (Stephanie) Anderson of Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Over the years, Bern and Jill opened their homes and lives to a parade of nephews and nieces, Raymond, Emily, Greyson, Margot, Frank, Mary, Alex, Charles, Ethan, and Duncan.

Bern’s life was deeply enriched by lifetime friendships with Charles, Heyward, Kent, Murray, Pat, Peter, and Sprague who stood by him throughout his ordeal.

Sadly, Bern’s devoted feline companions - Bert, Gordon, Lowell, Lucy and Margaret - will sorely miss their doting friend.

The family wishes to thank the Drs. Reardon and Forman at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center and the dedicated and caring staff of Heartland Hospice, especially Jeannie Brown and Priscilla Quinones, and his loving caregivers Yvonne Henry and Marian Pierce.

A celebration of Bern’s life will be held at the home on May 15, 2010 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Interment of his ashes will be at a later date in the Warren Wilson College Cemetery in Swannanoa, NC.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Bern’s memory to Habitat for Humanity or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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