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Memorial Honors Bernard ‘Barney’ Marks, Textile Executive

Marks, who spent his entire career in the textile industry, was 88 when he died June 30 from a long battle with blood cancer.

NEW YORK — A memorial service with full military honors was held Aug. 26 for Bernard “Barney” Marks, a longtime textile executive.

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Marks, who was 88 when he died June 30 from a long battle with blood cancer, was laid to rest at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y., according to his daughter, Melissa. The World War II veteran was a navigator on B-17s flying across the European theater.

Marks spent his entire career in the textile industry. As a young man he worked in New York for United Merchants & Manufacturers and then took a position with the company in London for 18 years, becoming director and chief executive officer of its Apparel Fabrics division. He then became president of The Cloth Co. division of Cranston Print Works, back in New York.

After a number of years, he became president of Burlington Prints, a division of Burlington Industries Inc. The final chapter of his career led to a resurrection of a company called Galey & Lord Prints, where he served as president until his retirement around 1990.

“He loved the Garment Center and the textile business, and was a dedicated and hard worker,” Melissa Marks said. “The industry was always a part of our life.”

In addition to Melissa, Marks is survived by his wife, Estelle; a brother; Robert, and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by another daughter, Adrienne.