Benta’s Funeral Home, since its inception 85 years ago, has always been a place where notables were given their final services, and now the owner himself, George Bernard Benta, will join those legends he oversaw in their transitions. Benta, 91, best known as Bernard, passed on Jan. 3.

During his long and productive life, Benta continued a work ethic that he received from his parents, particularly from his father, who started the business in 1928. In fact, it was from his tireless industriousness that the business grew from a single brownstone to its current multilevel facility.

A cursory glance at the prominent men and women who passed through Benta’s portals on their way to glory is an