KURE BEACH — Jeffrey Edward “Jeff” Bernstein, 78, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Jeff was born on July 14, 1942, to Bernie and Esther Bernstein in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Oak Park High School in 1960, he went on to study at Wayne State University. After many years of owning his own men’s clothing store, he made a career change and became “The Cookie Man.” He worked for the Great American Cookie Company for 30 years before he retired. Being the entrepreneur that he was and never wanting to fully retire, he obtained his real estate license and became a realtor for Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage.
Jeff was a family man. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. He was wise. He was strong. He was kind. Jeff was always dressed impeccably and was hardly ever seen without his cardigan and crazy socks. To know him was to love him. He never met a stranger. Jeff was a lover of good wine, cigars and fine dining. He was the most loving husband, father and friend anyone could ask for.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernie and Esther Bernstein; sons, Justin Bradford Bernstein and Daniel Stephen Bernstein; and grandson, Colin Ryan Love.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 35 years, Maureen Bernstein of Kure Beach; daughters, Marci Presnell (Bruce) of Wilmington, Brittany Robson (Jonathan) of Marietta, Georgia, and Courtney Stuckey of Kingstree, South Carolina; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Southwell, Zackary Presnell, Peyton, Emery and Gavin Robson, Aidan and Sawyer Stuckey; sisters, Charlene Rismann (Andrew) of Waterford, Michigan, and Sandra Lefkofsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 9, at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to service time. Services will be livestreamed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Life Community Church, P.O. Box 3489, Wilmington, NC 28403.
Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.