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Bernard Wilson Shir-Cliff Jr.

November 7, 1924 - February 28, 2017

Bernard Wilson Shir-Cliff Jr., 92, passed away peacefully February 28, 2017 at his home in Central Point, Oregon. He was born November 7, 1924 in Troy, New York.

Bernard attended Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey. He served in the 11th Airborne Division as a paratrooper in the Pacific during WWII and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in journalism. He began his career as editor for Ballantine Books in the '50s and '60s, and went on to become editor-in-chief for Warner Books, Pocket Books, and Contemporary Books in New York. He also translated screenplays for publication and later became a well-known literary agent.

He met the love of his life, Sarah Brion, in Paris and they were married in 1955. Books were his life-long passion and reading was his recreation as well as his profession. He loved his life, enjoyed every moment, and never lost his sharp wit and generous sense of humor. He will be greatly missed as a loving husband, beloved uncle, and valued friend.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Sarah; his niece, Mary Graham of Wilton, New Hampshire; great-nieces, Fiona and Gillian; and niece, Frances Rauscher of Wales, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his sister, Justine Shir-Cliff Rauscher.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please support your local independent bookstore.

Bernard Wilson Shir-Cliff Jr.