Bernard L. Brass, former co-owner of the L.R. Brass grocery store, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness. He was 82.
An Arcade native, he graduated from Arcade Central School.
He was a Navy medic during World War II and was in the 1st Marine Division in assault landings at Port Gloucester and Peleliu in the South Pacific.
He then worked in the grocery store founded by his father. He was co-owner of the store with his brother, Robert, in the last few years until retiring in 1987.
Mr. Brass was a life member and past trustee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hendershott-Manness Post 374, past director of the Arcade Overseas Vet Club, and past president of the Arcade Chamber of Commerce and Arcade Community Chest. At the time of his death, he was a director of the Arcade Rural Cemetery Association.
He was also a member and past trustee of First Baptist Church.
His wife, the former Martha Lafferty, died in 1991.
He is survived by two daughters, Lynda Fray of Dallas and Barbara Meyers of Arcade; two sons, Donald of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., and Jerald of Olean; a brother, Robert of Arcade; a sister, Elizabeth Berwanger of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in W.S. Davis Funeral Home, 358 W. Main St. Burial will be in Arcade Rural Cemetery.