Bernard L. "Buzzy" Bloch
November 1, 2022

Funeral Information

November 4 2022 - 12:00 pm
West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh (Ross Township) 15229

BERNARD L. "BUZZY" BLOCH: Bernard L. "Buzzy" Bloch was devoted to his family, to his Murdoch Road neighbors, to his job at Bettis Atomic Power, to Rodef Shalom, to playing tennis, and to the Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates. He received a doctorate in physics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University. Buzzy was a caring son and steadfast and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed walking through Squirrel Hill with his beloved wife, Joan, subtly passing on wisdom to his sons, spending time with his grandchildren, writing up a work report, or making sure to watch or listen when his sports teams were playing. The Bloch family would like to thank the staff at Weinberg Village for helping Buzzy to live a good life the past three-and-a-half years. 

Buzzy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan R. Bloch, his two children James (Rachel) and William (Ingrid), and the grandchildren upon whom he doted — Jeremy, Dylan, Levi and Nicholas. Graveside Service and Interment will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 12 Noon at West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Contributions may be made in Buzzy's memory to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Jewish Association on Aging ( Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated.


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Dear Joanie, Our families most sincere condolences on the passing of Buzzy. It was a true pleasure getting to know Buzzy during the summers we spent time with you and your family when we traveled to Michigan. I hope to see you when we are in Pittsburgh over Thanksgiving weekend. With love, Craig, Barbara and Leah

By Craig, Barbara and Leah Rosenbaum - November 14, 2022

Joan & family - my deepest condolences on Buzzy\'s passing. I had the pleasure of working with him for a number of years. A true gentleman and font of knowledge that I valued highly. It was also clear to me how much he loved and valued his family by watching and listening to him talk about all of you during casual conversations.

By Ed Barger - November 08, 2022

Sorry to hear of the passing of another kind soul who was nice to work with at Bettis Lab. Joan, I think I had met you at some Bettis events, my condolences to you and the family.

By Mary Ann Walsh - November 07, 2022

My condolences to all of Buzzy's family and friends. I worked with Buzzy for my entire 32 years at Bettis, and always found him to be a pleasure to work with. He was not only a fine engineer, but also very friendly man with a great sense of humor. So sorry to hear of his passing.

By Jim Colletti - November 05, 2022

So sorry to read of your loss. We extend our sympathy greetings to your entire family.

By Sondra an Richard Glasser - November 04, 2022

My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. I worked with Buzzy for many years at Bettis. Buzzy was one of the dearest personalities at the laboratory. He was one of the few people who could be absolutely correct and kind at the same time. He was also aware that I was an organist and always wanted me to visit the temple with him so I could play there. Unfortunately we never made that happen. I will certainly be mindful of Buzz as I play this week during our All Saints celebration. "HaMakom y’nachem etkhem b’tokh sh’ar a’vaylay Tzion v’Y’rushalayim,"

By Mike Sting - November 04, 2022

My sincerest condolences to you, Buzzy's friends and relatives. I new Buzzy throughout my over 41 years at Bettis. Buzzy helped my learn a great deal during my career and I developed a great deal of respect for his knowledge and capabilities. He was an asset to the Naval Nuclear Program. I also enjoyed the opportunity to play tennis with him and some of his partners from Bettis. I will miss him very much and pass on my very best wishes all of you who knew and loved him.

By Paul Scheinert - November 04, 2022

My condolences on Buzzy's passing. I worked with Buzzy for many years after I started at Bettis in 1975, and he always took time to show me how to carefully perform my work. Whenever Buzzy corrected my work, I always recall he did so in a kind manner. I am sure he will be missed by his family and friends.

By Carl Benson - November 03, 2022

To Buzzy’s entire family - please accept my sincerest thoughts and condolences on your loss. I knew Buzz for my entire, near 40-year career at Bettis, and he and I were office/room mates for a good number of years prior to his retirement. I assumed Buzzy’s responsibilities upon his retirement, I could not have been better prepared. It was a joy to talk and interact with Buzz on a daily basis - he will be truly missed by his community and especially his family.

By Joel Flayer - November 03, 2022

My condolences to Buzzy's family. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. Buzzy worked in my group at Bettis for many years. He was always meticulous and thorough in his work and was always a pleasure to work with. I knew him for many years and he never seemed to age. Looks like he enjoyed a great family life outside of Bettis as well. A long life well-lived.

By Jeff Bowman - November 03, 2022

So sorry for your deep loss.

By Sandy Davis - November 03, 2022

I was sorry to hear that Buzzy is no longer with us. He was a great guy.

By Al Rosenfeld - November 03, 2022

Joan, please accept our condolences on Buzzy's death. I fondly remember many happy experiences with him on the tennis courts. May your memories of life with Buzzy always be a source of comfort to you & your family.

By Errol and Enid Miller - November 03, 2022