Bernard Bier, 97

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SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MASS. – Bernard (Bud) Bier passed away peacefully on June 11. The beloved husband for 73 years of Ruth (Hirschprung) Bier, Bud was born in in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Max and Rose (Green) Bier. Bud was an artist, a multitalented craftsman, a master builder and flyer of radio-controlled airplanes (his passion) and one of the last of the greatest generation.

After completing one year of art school at Pratt Institute he joined the army and was assigned to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops – later to be known as “The Ghost Army.” Bud, along with many notable artists of the day, successfully deceived the enemy using phony equipment and sound, ensuring victory in many key battles following the D-Day invasion.

Following the war he met and married his wife, Ruth, who was a dancer in the original production of “Oklahoma.” After obtaining a degree from Pratt, he worked for over 40 years as a commercial artist and was responsible for the package designs of many products that are now household names – Chiclets, Dentyne, Rolaids, and many others. Following his retirement as the executive art director at Carter-Wallace, he and his wife traveled the world.

In addition to work and family, Bud’s greatest passion was flight in all forms. He was a member of many model airplane clubs over the years and president of the Long Island Drone Society. He completed full-scale flight training and successfully “soloed” his own airplane.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Dr. Jonathan Bier and his wife, Jo-Ann; and his son Dr. Alan Bier and his wife, Elizabeth; he is also survived by his five grandchildren: Benjamin, Rachel, Rebecca, Maxine and Jennifer. He was the father of the late Karen Bier.