Remembering Marvin J. Berkman

I took this still of Marv playing guitar while we shot a short video of him performing kiddie songs for his grandchildren. We coaxed him into playing a few tunes for the adults in the audience, and you can see that video by clicking the link below.

I took this still of Marv playing guitar while we shot a short video of him performing kiddie songs for his grandchildren.

While experimenting with video and audio the past couple days it strikes me that I overlooked the first anniversary of my friend and neighbor Marvin J. Berkman’s passing on Tuesday. I pegged the date in my mind based on the post I wrote about his departure, but without noticing that the post had, as usual, been a few days late and more than a few dollars short.

I rarely mess around with advanced technologies — most days I count myself fortunate if I can crank out a few static words and pictures for fun and/or profit. Indeed, the last time I got semi-serious about video was when Marv asked me to shoot him playing guitar and singing some nursery rhymes for his grandkids.

He burned through his juvenile repertoire in short order and Herself and I asked him to play something for the adults in the audience. I kept the camcorder’s tape rolling, and I’m so glad we did, because we wound up playing the edited video at his funeral, and burning DVDs for his survivors.

Every now and then I think I see Marv’ marching along some street somewhere. He had a style about him, and a distinctive gait, and once in a while some stylish, snappy elderly gent comes oh so close. But it’s always no cigar.

Marv’ was one in a million, and we miss the hell out of him around here.

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3 Responses to “Remembering Marvin J. Berkman”

  1. Libby Says:

    What good neighbors and friends you were to each other! Thanks for showing this video again – a delightful performance full of joy and a wonderful tribute to Mr. Berkman.

  2. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Hi, Libby … glad you enjoyed it. Marv’ was a genuine character, and we were fortunate to have known him. My main regret is that I didn’t spend more time hanging around with him. He was such a tough old bird we thought he’d live forever.

  3. bromasi Says:

    Thanks for the vid. Really moved me, would have loved to meet and talked to this man.

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