Bernard "Bernie" Hausman was born December 18, 1917 in Brooklyn, and died on November 7, 2008 at his home in Lido Beach where he lived for 57 years. After attending the Hicksville public schools, Bernie was a member of the first graduating class from Hofstra University and earned a Masters Degree from New York University. In 1940, Bernie enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1945 having achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Bernie married Florence "Florie" Madeo in 1942. She survives him with his children: Barbara Plasschaert and Douglas Hausmann of California and Cathy Klarin of Hawaii, along with six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Bernie taught English and became a guidance counselor at Mineola High School, later being elected as president of the Mineola Teacher's Union. He advised many successful students including Tom DiNapoli, The New York State Comptroller. In 1982 he retired and pursued his hobbies, especially golf and reading. At the end of his life, he fought off illness to celebrate his 66th Anniversary with Florie and witness the election of Barack Obama. During his stay at Long Beach Hospital, he had long political discussions and encouraged patients and staff to exercise their right to vote. Even at the end, Bernie changed lives. Bernie was admired and respected by his family, friends, and neighbors. He was referred to fondly as "Uncle Bernie" by his large extended family who frequently visited his home at the beach to seek advice and enjoy his humor. Bernie had an extraordinary collection of jokes which he told with impeccable timing and execution. He was well loved by his family and friends, but there was no greater love than that he shared with his wife Florence. Bernie and Florie were often seen walking the beach together holding hands. Though he is gone, Bernie Hausman left his footprints on the sand of Lido Beach and in the hearts of those who shared his appreciation of life's simple pleasures. A Memorial Celebration of Bernie's Life will be held this summer at Lido Beach. Details will be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Long Beach Medical Center, 455 East Bay Drive, Long Beach, NY 11561.