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Bernard Alpern

Bernard Alpern, 59, of Ann Arbor, MI, died after sunset on 23 June 2022.

The Funeral was held at Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 on Tuesday, 28 June 2022 at 11:00 AM .

Cantor Regina Hayut officiated. Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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The family of Bernard Alpern will be gathering through the evening of Monday, July 04 at the residence, 4830 Starak Lane, Ann Arbor MI 48105. Following the interment, visitors are welcome to the family home in Ann Arbor until 7:00 p.m. Shiva will be at the family home from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, Thursday June 30, Saturday July 2, Sunday July 3, and Monday July 4, with service each evening at 6:00 p.m.

The service will be available for remote viewing using the Zoom link below:
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Interment will be at 2:00PM Tuesday June 28, 2022 at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

Dad, husband, brother, son, and loyal Wolverine, BJ died peacefully surrounded by family after a brief and intense battle with cancer.

BJ lived a life full of adventure, pursuing those things that ignited passion in him, but his very most treasured role was that of being a dad. He met Pyper in 1999, and became a dad to her daughter Hannah when they married in 2003. Their family expanded with Samuel, Margaret, and Charlotte. BJ took great pride in each of their accomplishments, from first steps to college admissions. BJ’s favorite times were spent driving the kids to practices or games, where you could find him serving as a coach, timekeeper, streaming commentator, or enthusiastic, loving sports dad. He loved each of his kids all the way to the moon and back and was devastated when it became clear he wouldn’t have more time with them.

BJ was born in Detroit and raised in Oak Park and West Bloomfield, MI. He attended the University of Michigan, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and the crew team. After graduating, his adventures took him to jobs including at CNN in its infancy, PASS Sports, Ross Roy, and a round-the-world cruise on the QE2. During those years, he also pursued interests ranging from community theatre to driving bobsleds at the US training facility in Lake Placid. His love for politics led him to work on many campaigns across both sides of the aisle, and eventually back to his beloved University of Michigan, where he both received a master’s degree in public policy and worked as the university’s lobbyist to the state legislature. After several years in that role, he and some friends started a property company and he left his job at the university to join them in their venture, which gave him the flexibility to spend more time with his family.

BJ loved University of Michigan sports, and was always happy to invite his friends and their kids along to a game, and he believed strongly in the works of Bruce Springsteen and that real cars don't shift themselves. He was outgoing and made friends wherever he went, communicating with them about their families, sports, politics, or current events. Although his friends were numerous, he felt very close to all of them, and always kept up with what was going on in their lives, even if from afar.

BJ is survived by his wife of nearly 19 years, Pyper, and by his children Hannah, Samuel, Margaret, and Charlotte. He is also survived by his mother, Barbara Alpern, and his sister Elizabeth Alpern (Michael Berkwits) and brother Marc Alpern, as well as in-laws Sue Logan and Dennis (Sheila) Logan, sister-in-law Whitney (Eric) Hettinga, and four nieces whom he adored - Ava and Talia Berkwits, and Kaitlin and Audrey Hettinga, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Irwin Alpern.

You can honor BJ's memory by spending meaningful time with your family, or by cheering wildly for the Wolverines in his honor at the Big House or at the Venerable Yost Ice Arena.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Bernard Alpern may do so by making a contribution to:

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