Bernard Paul Besal
Bernard Paul Besal
  • November 28, 1959 - September 15, 2017
  • Brookhaven, Georgia

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Bernard P. Besal, age 57, passed from this earth on Friday, September 15, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Robert J. Besal and Helen Marie Besal. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his 8 older siblings Bob, Mike, Betty, Dee, Richard, Joe, Helen, and Bill, his daughter Tiffany and her husband Stuart, his beloved grandson John, and many nieces and nephews. Known to his multitude of friends and business associates as Barney, he was charismatic and loving and will be sorely missed. He owned 3 businesses involved in commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning and maintenance and was a nationally known leader in that industry. He was awarded 2 U.S. patents for inventions pertaining to his work. In 1989 Barney was one of the founders of the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association, a national trade organization that sets standards and rules to advance the quality of the work to protect life and property by preventing kitchen exhaust system fires. Barney and Bill spent fall weekends at their deer camp near Thomaston with their many deer hunting buddies all trying to bag "The Hartford". His love of his work was matched by his passion for motorcycling and Ducati motorcycles in particular. Over the years Barney acquired a large collection of Ducatis, many of which he lovingly restored to museum quality. He was a talented motorcycle roadracer in the 1980s and a fierce competitor on the race track. Now he rides with angels. Godspeed, Barney. A service will be held to honor Barney at H M Patterson Oglethorpe Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Rd NE, Brookhaven, GA on Wednesday, September 20, 11:00 a.m., with burial following at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive guests Tuesday, September 19, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, family ask that donantions be made to the American Cancer Society.