Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Robert J. Berkin, who worked his entire career with the Roosevelt Savings Bank, originally based in Northern Brooklyn, died Dec. 29, 2012 in New York, N.Y. after a brief illness.
He was 96 years old. Interrupted only by service in the Army during World War Two, where he was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Lee VA and worked on a project that developed “C Rations”, Berkin, a Brooklyn native, worked for the Roosevelt Savings Bank a total of 62 years, working his way up from messenger to teller to Senior Vice President and finally being appointed to the Board of Directors.
During his tenure, he helped the bank grow from a small local business to a large regional bank, with branches throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.
Berkin was also very involved in the community, both in Brooklyn, with the Bushwick Chapter of The Salvation Army, and in his home in Bellerose Village, where he served as a volunteer fireman and also village treasurer and tax collector for more than twenty years.
Berkin was married twice, first to the former Audrey Metcalf, who passed away in 1999, and more recently to the former Mimi Lepper, of Atlantic Beach, N.Y. He is survived by three children by his first wife, a daughter, Pamela Antil, of New York and Dallas, TX., and two sons, Michael, of Oxford, MD., and Jeffrey, of Bronx, N.Y.
He also is survived by two grandsons, Christopher, of Palos Verdes Estates, CA., and Gregory, of White House Station, NJ., as well as three great-grandchildren, Andrew Connor, Nicole Hunter, and Sophia Jade.