Dr. Maurice Bermon, 78

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On Nov. 12, 2022, Dr. Maurice (Maury) Bermon of Barrington passed away. Maury was born in Philadelphia on Aug. 7, 1944, to David Bermon and Pauline Needleman Bermon, and grew up in the Oxford Circle neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia along with his older brother Stuart. Maury graduated from University of Pennsylvania, completed an MD at Tufts University and an internship at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). He completed a residency in psychiatry through Harvard University at Cambridge Hospital.

Maury came to Rhode Island to serve as the chief of psychiatry for the Rhode Island Group Health Association, the first HMO in Rhode Island. He worked as a psychiatrist for more than 40 years at RIGHA, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Landmark Hospital and finally in private practice. He loved his work and it brought deep meaning to his life.

Since childhood, Maury lived with renal failure and received the gift of life from his brother Stuart who donated his kidney as a living donor in 1988. Miraculously Stuart’s kidney continued to function and sustain Maury for the next 32 years. Maury was predeceased by his brother Stuart in 2007 at the age of 70.

Maury was brilliant, understated, forever curious, and an enduring presence with his family and friends. He loved music of all kinds, especially classical. For decades, he was an enthusiastic subscriber to the RI Philharmonic. His children grew up listening to him play Gershwin on the piano. His entire life, he was an avid sports fan and to the surprise of some, a scrappy competitor on the court. He was a lover of food, and his friends knew him as a world-class eater. He loved to dance and even after two hip surgeries, nothing could keep Maury from the dance floor. More than anything, his family and friends were the world to him.

Maury is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Louise Bermon, his children David James Bermon (Jessy Needham) of Long Beach, California, and Susan Elizabeth Stewart-Bermon (wife Becca Stewart-Bermon) of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and his niece Jennifer Bermon, of Marina Del Rey, California.