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Drenda Vijuk

Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. Amelia Island has lost a great man. He will be missed.

Debbie and Ron Price

Betty, sending a hug and know that you both are in our thoughts and prayers.

Harriet Bray

Betty, I am saddened by your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God provide strength and peace in the coming days. Love, Harriet

Harriet Landau

A wonderful cousin ; a fine person. I wish we could have seen more of each other over the last few years. You will be missed.

Rick Carr

I had the Honor and privilege to have known David for 20 plus years , we have lost a Patriot and a great man .I am very proud to call him my friend . All of my prayers and condolences to Betty and the entire family.He will be missed and may he Rest In Peace .

Kimberly Berkman

I couldn’t have ever asked for such a warm, loving, accepting father in love. I love you Dave, always will. Thank you for all the love and memories.

Susan and David Searles

Betty, we loved Dave during the 30 years we have known your family. We send our love and condolences to you and your children. When you are in Atlanta we want to see you. Please email us at

Jill Zimmerman

Mr. B I have worked for you for over15 yrs now. I will miss your forever smiling face. Regina and I are so deeply saddened. We love you Mr. B and our prayers are with Mrs. B And family. PDQ Property Management

Jim and Nancy Mayo

Betty, We are so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was a remarkable man and we are blessed to have known him. He seemed always happy to stay in the background and let you be the face of all the good your family has done in our community but I know it was always a joint decision. We will miss him. May God bless you and give you peace. i

David Berkman


On September 3, 2021 after a courageous 10 year battle with stage 4 lung cancer, David Berkman passed peacefully at home surrounded by his devoted wife of 68 years, Betty and his loving children, Sherry and Steve.
He was born on February 5, 1931to the late Charles and Esther (Shuman) Berkman.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Elaine Jakes and sister, Joan Barton.

He majored in Business Administration at Georgia State University but always wanted to be involved in Real Estate. “It works for you 7 days a week!” He said.

For over 60 years he has been successfully involved in Real Estate projects, especially in the areas of buying, selling and development of land and apartment communities in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. At the time of his death, he was a partner in an apartment complex being built in Kingsland, Georgia. He said he would never retire.

David enjoyed all sports- in 1992 he and 2 partners gave Atlanta their first championship team, The Atlanta Knights, a minor league hockey team that won the hearts of the city. He was also a partner and CEO of the Jacksonville Lizard Kings, Birmingham Bulls and the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League as well as the Jacksonville Tomcats, Birmingham Steeldogs and the Pensacola Barracudas of the AFI 2 Football League.

With his success, he believed in giving back. He was a generous donor to almost any and every charity that approached him. He never said no. He was most proud of the Berkman Building at Baptist-Nassau Hospital. It was an opportunity to do something meaningful for this community he had grown to love as his home.

He had many passions, but number 1 was always his love and devotion for his wife, his children and eventually his grandchildren. Nothing else was more important than his desire to always take care of them.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Berkman of Amelia Island, Florida; daughter, Sherry Jennings of Alpharetta, Georgia; son, Steven Berkman (Kim) of Duluth, Georgia; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice.


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