Bernard Huberman Obituary (2021) – Los Angeles, CA
August 6, 1955 – July 10, 2021 A Legacy of Seeing The Glass Half-FullBernard “Bernie” Huberman of Los Angeles, age 65, passed away in peace on July 10, 2021 at his home surrounded by loved ones. Bernie’s impact on the LA community has been felt for decades.Born in Boyle Heights in 1955 to Joseph and Reva Huberman, both Holocaust survivors who immigrated to the U.S., Bernie attended University High School and began working at age 14 alongside his brother and father at his father’s business, J&R Metals. In his mid-20s he started a company focused on hauling all types of waste and proceeded to build a legacy that transformed Los Angeles County waste collection. With trusted business partners who over time became family, Bernie formed BLT Enterprises – a company that first owned waste transfer facilities and later, in the late 1990s, began investing in industrial properties.The strategy proved visionary. Bernie’s early experiences as a truck driver, waste hauler, and facility owner/operator gave him an insider’s knowledge into industrial property and logistics, which today is the most in-demand asset class in commercial real estate. Bernie’s astounding mathematical, completely self-taught business brain led the company to tremendous long-term success. BLT has grown to own and operate more than $2 billion in commercial property investments to date while driving forward its mission to “better the communities that have helped it succeed by improving the lives of families in need.” BLT actively supports causes that help children, promote wellness, alleviate homelessness, and give back to local communities.As accomplished as he was, Bernie’s professional success was not the most impressive thing about him. Instead, he is remembered for his great love, and his warm, wonderful glass-half-full approach to life.Bernie loved his life, loved being a father, and loved his family more than anything. He embraced his friends as if they were family and touched countless other lives. He was known for his intellect, his intention, his warmth, his generosity, his zest for life, his gratitude, his humor, his humble nature, and his extraordinary presence. He loved to fly and to drive, and he was always fascinated by the way things worked. He always knew how to ‘fix it himself.’ A tenacious learner, he earned his pilot’s license, boating license, and collected cars that he repaired himself.He loved to golf and to ski and to dance. And maybe more than anything, he loved being on the water, rocking on the Pacific as the sun set. Bernie’s loved ones will miss the glimmer in his eye that always showed his pride and adoration each time he looked at his family.They’ll miss the sound of his laugh, and that smile he always cracked mid-joke, already amused at how funny it was going to be. They’ll miss his quick and clever mind, and his optimistic approach to life, through which he taught them all that no challenge is insurmountable.And perhaps most of all, they’ll miss the reassuring feeling of his presence walking side-by-side with them throughout their lives.The legacy Bernie Huberman leaves is one of pure love. He spent his life giving his all to those around him. His impact will forever be felt, cherished, and remembered.Bernie is survived by his true love and wife, Kristina, and their four-year old son, Kaden; his son Erik (Erica), daughter Nikolette (Coury), son Lukas, daughter Mila; his siblings Evette (Johnny), Mimi (Albert), and Dalia; and his nieces and nephews Felicia (Guy), Jason (Melissa), Chantal (Luis), Brandon, Maddie, Morgan, Shylah, Aliya, Nori, Aidan, Lorenzo, and Nicolas.In lieu of flowers, donations to causes close to Bernie’s heart are deeply appreciated. Please find a list of those causes at blt-enterprises.com/philanthropy.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Aug. 8, 2021.