1921 – 2017
Putnam – Archille “Archie” Bernier, 96, of 10 Thurber Road, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Rolande (Turenne) Bernier for 48 and the late Lilia Vera de Bernier for 22 years. Born in Putnam, CT he was the son of the late Joseph and Eva (Beaudreault) Bernier.
Mr. Bernier was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving During WWII and then with the National Guard. He worked for the State of Connecticut in the Department of Transportation for 25 years and after retiring he worked for the Putnam Post Office doing janitorial work for 17 years.
Archie was an avid golfer, playing golf in Florida where he lived for 18 years and California. He enjoyed “investing” in Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casino’s, and in his earlier years he enjoyed collecting coins. He was a member of the Putnam Elks prior to moving to Florida.
Archie is survived by his son, Ron Bernier and his wife Luz of Putnam; his daughter, Irene Harns of Putnam; his daughter in-law, Karol Bernier of Garden Grove, CA; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Paul Bernier.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Archie’s family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.