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A comment from Scott

Posted June 16th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

Here’s another comment from a previous post that I wanted to share with everyone.

I didn’t know Horst as deeply as many of the people that I still work with at Lightolier did, but I did have the pleasure of knowing him and working on a few projects under his guidance. He always struck me as a pleasant, soft-spoken, gentleman. Horst had a certain way of guiding you towards the right path without neccesarily pointing the way…it’s difficult to describe, but I suppose anyone who knows him likely understands. He was definitely one of those rare people that command your immediate respect, because as modest as he was, you just kinda knew that this guy was brilliant. He also had a great sense of humor. So I really enjoyed the times I spent in his company, even though it was all around work. I was a bit sad to hear that he was going to retire several years ago, but at the same time very happy for him. We chatted a bit with each other briefly a few times since he retired, and that was pretty much the extent of my relationship with Horst.

Well, of course we were all shocked and saddened by the seemingly sudden loss of him. Unfortunately, I never realized the depth and breadth of Horst’s talents and humanity until I had the opportunity (another of Horst’s favorite words) to browse through this web page and explore some of the links to Flickr, and see his photos, and realize how many lives he touched in a wonderfully positive way.

Horst is the kind of guy you didn’t have to know too well in order to shed a tear over his loss. By all accounts, he was a good man and will be missed by many…myself included.

Scott Dupre

Scott, your words mean so much to the family. Thank you very much for sharing with everyone.

A message from Tom

Posted June 15th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

I find it so amazing that friends of my dad take the time and share with us what it meant to them to know him. This here is one from Tom, who worked with him when I was just a baby.

I had the pleasure of not only working with Horst while with Lightolier but many years earlier when we both worked together at Gotham Lighting back in the 70’s.  In particular, I can remenmber the day that he told me that your family was moving to Australia. When I asked him how he was ever able to convince your mother to make such a drastic relocation move, he told me that it wasn’t him but rather, your mom who was the driving force behind this decision. We kind of chuckled over this fact. With Australia being at that time more of a frontiers land, indicative of the Old West in the USA, I wished him and the rest of your family God Speed in this new endeavor. Once there, through Dan Schisler, we got periodic updates on how you were all doing. That experience sounded like REAL FUN and I am sure left lasting memories on the entire Bernhart clan.

Your dad was a very special person and will surely be missed. May God Bless you and your family and truly, your dad made a difference and touched the lives of many peoples.

Well, Tom… our time in Australia had very lasting memories with all of us. I will be posting many photos of our good times down under, as soon as I get some scanned in. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of him.

A message from Bob

Posted June 13th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

Here is another message from an old work friend

Horst was a very special person. I had the privilege of working with Horst for several years. He was the epitome of professional, always……………..
He was also the happiest man on earth. He always had a warm smile and a friendly greeting for everyone. He was a bright spot in a lot of peoples lives which is also a reflection of his family

His light truly shined bright. I hope to see him again in eternity………….
Love, His friend Bob Nursall

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A message from Susan in Taiwan

Posted June 9th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

I received a handful of messages from some friends he’d made over the years at work. It is so awesome to know that there are people who knew him even before I was born that still think of him, and took the time to send me messages or comment on this site. I want to post them all here and share them for everyone to see. Also, there were some comments on this previous post from some coworkers… please go read them.

This first one is all the way from Taiwan, from a co-worker that had kept in touch with him for years after they worked together. I remember my dad talking about her, and I also remember that she would send Christmas gifts to my daughter and I’d always thought that was so sweet for someone to do that.

Dear Neil,

No words can express the deep sorrow I felt when I heard of the loss of your father. I am Susan Wu, a friend of the Bernhart family in Taiwan. Rose might still remember me. I worked with Horst when he was with Lightolier, which was the most wonderful time of my career life. He acted as a father and a teacher to me that I couldn’t ever find a special person like him in the world. I quit the job for many years, but we still kept sharing with each other whatever happened in our life & families through e-mail. And, that is why I know the story about your family. Continue Reading »

Christmas 2008 Photobooth

Posted May 28th, 2010 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by neil

Lauren and Papa - Christmas 2008

I was browsing my photostream on flickr and came across the photobooth images I did for Christmas 2008. We would normally do the group family photo, but I wanted to try something a little different.

I set up my camera on a tripod in front of a couch, and supplied a remote control to fire the shutter after 2 seconds. I set up a drape behind the couch to keep the background uniform. Everyone was instructed to take at least 3 or 4 photos of themselves, or sitting with someone else. They were encouraged to take more than that if they wanted to. Continue Reading »

Words from some people he worked with

Posted May 27th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

I’ve received a couple of messages from people that once worked with my dad. I thought it’d be nice to share them…

From Mare

I knew Horst from working at Lightolier. What a great person he was. He delighted our days at work. Horst will be remembered.

From Tony

I am the friend of Horst’s in Taiwan since he worked for Lightolier, then become a friend at Flickr. Horst told me a little bit about you, and his talent on photography was inspired from you. He is very proud of that.

We have done a lot of great things when we worked together and I personally learned a lot from him also. We normally communicated thru Flickr, but lost since last month.

I suddenly heard from his collegue yesterday that he was passed away few days ago and shocked. I was very sad to hear that and please express my condolence to your family. If anything I can do, please feel free to let me know.

An interview with a Flickr contact

Posted May 26th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

This interview popped up in the comments on the last photo in his stream. I remember reading this years ago… so glad the author (Angela Lobefaro) posted the link!

First time he held his first grandson

Posted May 25th, 2010 in Memories of Horst, Photos of Horst by Stephanie

The first time holding his first grandson

My heart was filled with so much emotion, when I introduced JJ to Papa and mommy.  I knew Papa was thinking about the photos he was going to take of JJ and he took some priceless ones.  That is one thing I am going to miss deeply; my Papa, capturing the innocence of my son, his grandson, JJ in his photos.

– Stephanie

Stories From The Big Book

Posted May 23rd, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

I posted this photo on my flickr stream a few days ago, and wrote about what it meant to me. I wanted to repeat it here; maybe expand on it a bit as well. This photo here is special to me, perhaps even one of my most favorite photos I’ve taken of him… because it reminds me of my father reading to me when I was a child.

When I was a young boy, I remember a tradition in our house at bedtime. My father would read us kids a story at bedtime. I’m not sure how long it actually lasted, but the times I do recall where from when I was between 7 and 10 years old. Now this wasn’t your typical story from a book, this was a story from an imaginary book.
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Dedicated to hb19

Posted May 17th, 2010 in Memories of Horst by neil

From this photo posted 32 months ago on flickr.

Dedicated to hb19… I know these letters represent to best of Flickr… if you have been fortunate to receive a visit from this creative and talented “SHOOTER” you would understand where I’m coming from… His drive is inspirational… His comments are cherished… I don’t come close to his sky color or his signature style.

But my shot is to say…
Thank you for your friendship, “I TIP MY LENS” to this giant of a person…