Torresdale mourns a beloved community advocate


East Tor­res­dale is mourn­ing the re­cent death of one of its greatest-ever com­munity ad­voc­ates and vo­lun­teers. Bern­ard M. Re­iden­berg, 96, passed away on April 17.

Re­iden­berg was a re­tired in­teri­or dec­or­at­or and a be­loved hus­band, fath­er, grand­fath­er and great-grand­fath­er, but he will also be re­membered for his dec­ades of ser­vice to the East Tor­res­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation, the res­id­ents’ as­so­ci­ation of Delaire Land­ing, the 65th Demo­crat­ic Ward and nu­mer­ous oth­er com­munity-based groups.

Re­iden­berg served for many years as first vice pres­id­ent and le­gis­lat­ive dir­ect­or for the ETCA. In that ca­pa­city, he reg­u­larly chaired monthly gen­er­al meet­ings and was the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s point man on hun­dreds of neigh­bor­hood im­prove­ment ef­forts.

He was in near con­stant con­tact with elec­ted of­fi­cials and gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­trat­ors on the loc­al and state levels.

In a fea­ture art­icle on him pub­lished by the North­east Times on Nov. 8, 1995, Re­iden­berg de­scribed the type of work that he did with the ETCA.

“This let­ter is ask­ing me to help get a street with potholes re­paved,” Re­iden­berg said while hold­ing up some civic as­so­ci­ation cor­res­pond­ence. “An­oth­er [let­ter] is ask­ing me to work on a prob­lem con­cern­ing an il­leg­al tow­ing op­er­a­tion. I’m very per­sist­ent. I stay on the job un­til it’s fin­ished, no mat­ter how long it takes.”

For the same art­icle, City Coun­cil­wo­man Joan Kra­jew­ski said that Re­iden­berg was a self­less com­munity ad­voc­ate.

“He doesn’t seek grat­it­ude for his work. He does everything quietly,” Kra­jew­ski said.

Re­iden­berg did the same for his polit­ic­al as­so­ci­ates, in­clud­ing Kra­jew­ski and state Rep. Mi­chael McGee­han.

A former em­ploy­ee of Kraft In­dus­tries, Re­iden­berg in­creased his vo­lun­teer activ­it­ies fol­low­ing his 1991 re­tire­ment.

He was a mem­ber of the Delaire Land­ing Town Watch and the Kraus-Pearl­stein Lodge No. 8 of Beth Sha­lom.

“I nev­er see my hus­band. He’s al­ways on the tele­phone, help­ing someone with a prob­lem or at­tend­ing a meet­ing,” Re­iden­berg’s wife, Bea, told the Times in 1995.

Bea Re­iden­berg was also an act­ive mem­ber of the ETCA. In ad­di­tion to his wife, Bernie Re­iden­berg is sur­vived by his sons Robert and Louis, four grand­chil­dren and six great-grand­chil­dren.

Con­tri­bu­tions in his memory may be sent to the Mus­cu­lar Dys­trophy As­so­ci­ation, 600 Reed Road, Suite 104, Broomall, PA 19008.

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or


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