Longtime Oceanside resident Bernard “Bernie” Shurgan died unexpectedly on Oct. 30 from complications of a chronic medical condition. He was 88.
Shurgan was a Korean War veteran who went on to become a businessman and toy distributor. He was a kind and loving partner to his spouse, Harriet, as well as an amazing father to their children, Susan, Hope and Myron. He was a soft spoken, sweet, and selfless man. One of his biggest accomplishments was being a husband and father. He always put his family first, giving up careers that required travel so he would be available for them through their ups and downs, and taught them to have the same connection and priorities.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, Shurgan is survived by his daughter, Susan Kurtz, her husband, Jeff Kurtz, and their children, Zakari Kurtz and Samantha Dunsten (Drew); his son, Myron Shurgan and his daughter, Melissa Rogen; his daughter-in-law Bianca Rogen; his son-in-law Dennis Freed and his children, Evan (Lindsay) and Ryan (Stephanie); his great-grandchildren Sage, Clobi, Lincoln, Emmet and Haisley; and his nephew, Kenny Gurgan (Ellen). He was predeceased by his daughter, Hope Freed, and daughter-in-law Elyce Shurgan.
A small private funeral was held in Flushing, Queens, and a virtual celebration of Surgan’s life was scheduled for Nov. 4.
Donations can be made in memory of Bernard Shurgan to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research or the Oceanside Jewish Community Center. For more information, contact Samantha Dunsten at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 230-4299.