Born Boruch Krantzberg on 31 May 1901 in Woyln, Russian Empire (now Poland) into a Jewish family. He was the youngest child of Menashe and Nachama Krantzberg.
Boruch immigrated to the United States soon after his eldest sister did, on 21 Mar 1921. His given name was anglicized to Bernard. He lived with her and her family for awhile in Chelsea, MA. He got a job working at a delicatessen; by the early 1930's, he owned the Fields Corner Delicatessen in Dorchester, Massachusetts, which he ran until his death on 22 August 1956 of renal (kidney) failure. He is buried at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree, MA.
On 23 Feb 1933, Bernard had married Clare Ryan, a 21-year-old Irish-American Catholic native of Boston, MA, and they had two children: Joel, my father, and Mary Elizabeth. Clare passed away at the age of 90 on 21 January 2001, and is buried with her husband at Blue Hill.