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Richard “Dick” A. Bernier

Posted By Bob On November 15, 2020 @ 10:41 am In Obituaries | 17 Comments

Bernier Richard Web

1930 – 2020

Putnam – Richard “Dick” A. Bernier, 90, of Richmond Rd., died Wednesday evening, November 11, 2020 at his home.  For sixty-two years, he was the loving husband of Claire (Biron) Bernier.  Born in Danielson, Dick was the son of the late Harry and Cordelia (Chabot) Bernier. He was the last surviving and youngest of their five children.

A proud veteran of the Korean War, Dick aptly passed away quietly in his sleep on Veterans Day. He served in the U.S. Navy (1950-54), aboard the U.S.S. Yosemite.

After his military service, Dick returned to Danielson and began his career as an apprentice at Pratt & Whitney in Hartford. He quickly discovered an aptitude for welding, and through the support of his mentor, Don Bowman, Dick advanced and eventually became a premier class TIG welder. With those skills, he worked on aircraft at Kaman Aerospace Corporation in Moosup, and some of the earliest prototypes of fuel cells at United Technologies Corporation in South Windsor, and eventually retired from Whitcraft Corporation in Eastford.

Dick was an avid gardener, bowler and could cut a rug like the best of them, especially if it was a polka. He was a champion in card-playing, and particularly loved both cribbage and pitch.

A communicant of St. Mary Church of the Visitation, Dick was heavily invested in the early education of his two sons at St. Mary’s School, having served as a parent leader and fundraiser, and one of the founding leaders of the Circle of Fun.

In addition to his beloved wife, Dick is survived by his sons, David R. Bernier and his wife Rebecca of Lansing, MI and Kevin D. Bernier and his spouse David N. Henriques of Woodstock; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, November 24, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT.

Memorial donations may be made to the Richard A. Bernier Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Putnam Bank, 40 Main St., Putnam, CT 06260. Proceeds will benefit local students who choose to pursue a career in Richard’s chosen field of welding.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. All are encouraged to visit a memorial guestbook available at www.GilmanAndValade.com.

To watch Mr. Bernier’s Memorial Mass please click on the following link: https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1103261

To watch Mr. Bernier’s Tribute DVD, please click on the following link: http://videos.lifetributes.com/1103261

Condolences for the family of “Richard “Dick” A. Bernier”

Condolence from Dee Carnahan on November 15th, 2020 5:57 pm

Dear Claire & family.

I am so sad to hear of Dick’s passing on Veterans Day. He is now in heaven, with Jesus, and he is well again. You have been such a devoted wife to him, as well as a loving caregiver for him over the past few years. May God bless you, your sons and their families, and all of us who loved him. He was one of the nicest people I knew, as well as a loving husband to you always. Love, Dee

Condolence from Sandi A Montie on November 15th, 2020 6:19 pm

One of the new comers to THE HILL on Underwood Road originally. He was a true gentlemen and a respected neighbor!
He will be remembered for his kindness and gentle manner. Rest in Peace – you will be missed.
Sandra (Kondysar), Robert, Andrew Montie

Condolence from gerard bernier on November 16th, 2020 9:30 am

god bless and I will always remember uncle Richard

Condolence from Al and Marian Smat on November 16th, 2020 9:50 am

So very sorry to you all remember when Richard was our neighbor always had a smile and helpful..Rest In Peace and thank you for your service

Condolence from Courtney and Adam Squire on November 16th, 2020 12:43 pm

Although I didn’t know your dad personally, I certainly can attest to his ability to “cut a rug” like no other at your wedding! Both he and your mother left a lasting impression on me of the joy of the occasion, and the utter joy of dancing. I remember meeting him and your mom and just knowing what wonderful people they are. Sending love and hugs to all of you during this time.

Condolence from Perry Mandanis and John Rich on November 16th, 2020 1:13 pm

Our heartfelt condolences for your family’s loss. May he Rest In Peace and may his memory be eternal.

Condolence from Kim Bergstrom on November 16th, 2020 4:06 pm

Claire- I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed my time with both of you during RCIA. The two of you always set such an amazing example of what love is all about. Know that you are in my prayers

Condolence from Susan Shaevitz on November 16th, 2020 8:03 pm

Dear Caire I’m so sorry for your loss your husband Richard would always wave to my husband Bob and myself when he saw us at the 4pm mass.

Condolence from Maryam Bahman on November 16th, 2020 10:53 pm

My sweet Momma Claire, Kevin, David and all the Bernier family,
My heart goes out to you all. Wishing that I could join you all at this time to help lift your spirits.
Sending you all virtual hugs and praying for you all.
With love Maryam

Condolence from Lea Rzeznikiewicz on November 17th, 2020 12:50 am

My friend Claire my heart goes out you and your family .Dick will be very missed he is the nicest, kindest ,funniest man ,cousin I know .I carry a heavy heart .Love you both❤️❤️❤️❤️

Condolence from Theresa Guertin on November 17th, 2020 5:27 pm

Dear Claire & family,

So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. i know how devoted you were to each other. May he rest in peace and dance with the angels
and may your cherished memories give you healing and peace.

Condolence from Bill and Joanne Kirk on November 18th, 2020 3:11 pm

Dear Kevin, As sad as it is just remember that Dad had a wonderful life and a happy end of life. It made him happy that you were there on his way home. Thank you for sharing your feelings. You and your Mom are in our prayers. Love you, Bill and Joanne Kirk

Condolence from Anita & William Beaudoin on November 20th, 2020 3:24 pm

Dear Claire and family So sorry to hear about Dick’s passing he always had a smile on his face every time he saw me at the stores and always stop to talk to see how Bill and I was such a nice man . I know he will be missed by many people he had such a nice personality. Now he is in Heaven with the angel’s to watch over you and his family . God Bless you all. Anita & Bill .

Condolence from Louise Gendron on November 20th, 2020 3:59 pm

Claire, Jame & George Blomberg (same anniversary day), and I, send our deepest sympathy to you. I ‘ve been calling you for over a week, trying to find out how you both were, but your answering machine wasn’t on. Our prayers are with you and your family. I ‘ll try to be there with Connie for the mass. Virtual hugs to you. Louise

Condolence from Barbara Poulin on November 20th, 2020 6:11 pm

Claire So sorry to hear about Dicks passing My prayers and thoughts are with you Barbara Poulin

Condolence from Kenneth Bernier on November 23rd, 2020 10:22 am

Aunt Claire, David and Kevin our deepest condolences on Uncle Richards Passing.
I was just thinking about the good times we all had when you would visit us during the holidays.
He will be surely missed.

Condolence from The Murphy Family on November 23rd, 2020 10:29 am

Kevin, So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

Dan Murphy & Family

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