Monday, December 19, 2005

Peace be with you

Goodbye my brother... 'til we meet again.

Peace be with you

CHRISTOPHER DIAKOPOULOS, The Saratogian - 10/27/2005

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Peace activists gathered Wednesday night with protest signs and candles in front of the U.S. Post Office on Broadway to mourn the more than 2,000 American soldiers who have died in the Iraq war.

The candlelight vigil and march to Congress Park was one of more than 600 events that were held across the nation, organized in part by the American Friends Service Committee and its 'Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar' campaign.

Local event organizer Amy Doern advised the solemn crowd of more than 100 that 'this is not a night for anger or political agenda; this is a night for sorrow.'

Doern said, 'We hear the sorrow for all who have died; we hear that sorrow and pause in silence and respect.'


Two-tour Vietnam War veteran Bruce Berheide said he regretted the lies he was told when he was 19, and he regrets the lies being told now at the age of 58.

'It's beyond belief that our country has made this mistake,' Berheide said.

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Obituaries, Dec. 18, 2005
The Saratogian

Bruce Walter Berheide GANSEVOORT -- Bruce Walter Berheide of Traver Road died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at his home. He was 58. Born April 7, 1947, in Long Branch, N.J., he was son of James R. and Grace A. Berheide of Hondo, Texas. Raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Bruce was a graduate of San Leandro High School in San Leandro, Calif. In his senior year in high school, he joined the Naval Reserves.

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for six years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, having volunteered for two tours in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1970 and entered Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., graduating in 1973. He considered his college experience one of the most enjoyable times in his life. It was there that he met his wife, Kate, whom he loved his entire life.

Bruce worked for major insurance companies for more than 20 years as a commercial underwriter and manager. He then enrolled in classes at Union College, where he earned a Master of Arts in teaching, and taught at several area schools, including Vanderheyden Hall and the Waterford-Halfmoon school district. His greatest joy was teaching.

He joined the Transportation Security Administration when it assumed responsibility for security at the nation's airports. At the time of his death, he was working in security for Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.

He was active in the Vietnam Veterans of America and keenly interested in history and politics. A member of the Democratic Party, he once ran for Public Safety commissioner in Saratoga Springs. Bruce was a big fan of his children's athletic achievements and always supported his son's and daughter's field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse teams.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Kate) White Berheide, and his two children, Daniel W. Berheide and Sarah E. Berheide, the loves of his life. He is also survived by his parents, James R. and Grace A. Berheide, sister, Cheryl Mundy, and brother, Gary Berheide, all of Hondo, Texas.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373 or

The Liturgy of the Word and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethesda Episcopal Church on Washington Street by the Rev. Thomas T. Parke, rector. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Skidmore Athletics, North Hall, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (, or Beloit College, External Affairs, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511 (

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