FORMER Manchester butcher Bernard Markovic has died, aged 74.
He had a shop off Cheetham Hill Road and later in Cheetham Precinct.
With his father Herman, Bernard took over Cheshire Farm Poultry, which ran a chicken abattoir in Cheshire and then in Bamber Bridge, near Preston.
A few days after returning from spending the last days of Pesach with his son Danny and his family in London, Bernard failed to wake and was found to have died of heart problems.
He was born in Sunderland, where his father ran a fire salvage business.
The family then moved to Stockton, where Herman was a chazan, and then to London and Manchester.
Bernard was educated at Carmel College and later graduated in organic chemistry at Manchester University, after which he spent some years studying at Gateshead Yeshiva.
He then joined his father in businesses, including the meat and poultry outlets, which were under Manchester Beth Din supervision.
In later years, he ran an insurance and mortgage business.
After he retired, he spent much time studying Torah at his son Mordechai’s kollel at Beis Hamedrash Hachodosh, in Salford.
Bernard’s brother-in-law Rabbi Arnold Saunders said: “He became like a yeshiva bochur again.”
Bernard was also a member of Manchester Chevra Kadisha for many years.
He is survived by his wife Cynthia, sons Mordechai, Avi and Danny, daughters Dina Freedman and Naomi Bamberger, brother Tony, of London, sisters Gillian Segel, of London, and Rebbetzen Myrella Saunders, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.