Aug. 27, 1935 – Sept. 21, 2019
Bernard LeCastre, a retired men’s clothing store owner, died Saturday under hospice care in his home in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village after a lengthy illness. He was 84.
Born in Buffalo, he attended School 3, was a 1953 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and served in the Army Reserve.
He began working in retail at Kobacker’s in downtown Buffalo, then went to the flagship Kleinhans store on Lafayette Square. He sold hats at first, then men’s suits.
He and a partner, Sergio Chiappara, a tailor, founded Sergio & Bernardi Clothiers in Great Arrow Plaza on Delaware Avenue in 1966.
Known for their custom-made suits, they opened a second store in the Main Place Mall in the late 1960s, and later moved to Evanstown Plaza in Amherst.
He closed the store in the early 1980s and worked for a friend in the drapery business, then went on to open his own business, Linwood Draperies, offering blinds, draperies and window treatments.
He retired in 2015.
Known to all as Bernie and the Mayor of Bidwell, he was a food, wine and jazz lover.
He and his high school sweetheart, Mary Limina, a licensed practical nurse, were married in 1957.
They vacationed every year for a month in Marco Island, Fla.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Lisa Morganstern and MaryBeth; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Angels Catholic Church, 348 Porter Ave.