Berkman, David


On September 3, 2021 after a courageous 10 year battle with stage 4 lung cancer, David Berkman passed peacefully at home surrounded by his devoted wife of 68 years, Betty and his loving children, Sherry and Steve.

He was born on February 5, 1931 to the late Charles and Esther (Shuman) Berkman.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Elaine Jakes and sister, Joan Barton.

He majored in Business Administration at Georgia State University but always wanted to be involved in Real Estate. "It works for you 7 days a week!" He said.

For over 60 years he has been successfully involved in Real Estate projects, especially in the areas of buying, selling and development of land and apartment communities in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. At the time of his death, he was a partner in an apartment complex being built in Kingsland, Georgia. He said he would never retire.

David enjoyed all sports - in 1992 he and 2 partners gave Atlanta their first championship team, The Atlanta Knights, a minor league hockey team that won the hearts of the city. He was also a partner and CEO of the Jacksonville Lizard Kings, Birmingham Bulls and the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League as well as the Jacksonville Tomcats, Birmingham Steeldogs and the Pensacola Barracudas of the AFI 2 Football League.

With his success, he believed in giving back. He was a generous donor to almost any and every charity that approached him. He never said no. He was most proud of the Berkman Building at Baptist-Nassau Hospital. It was an opportunity to do something meaningful for this community he had grown to love as his home.

He had many passions, but number 1 was always his love and devotion for his wife, his children and eventually his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nothing else was more important than his desire to always take care of them.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Berkman of Amelia Island, Florida; daughter, Sherry Jennings of Alpharetta, Georgia; son, Steven Berkman (Kim) of Duluth, Georgia; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors.

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