Joseph “Frank” Bernard, passed peacefully on January 10, 2020 surrounded by family. Born December 21, 1938, in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Wilfred and Yvonne Bernard. He was greeted at the gates by his beloved dog Harley, his parents, his siblings – Leo, Jeannette, Richard and Lillian, his in-laws – Helen and Butch Bolduc, and many other loved ones and friends.
Frank is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia “Jenny” (Bolduc) Bernard. They were long-time residents of Colchester, where they raised their three daughters, Kathleen Sciremammano, Corinne Seagrave and Janine Mosdale, before retiring in Florida. Frank also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren – Asia, Sierra, Sadie, Calleigh, Hunter and Logan and several great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his son-in-laws, John Sciremammano, Charles “Chip” Seagrave and Phil Mosdale, as well as countless family and friends. He is also survived by two daughters from a previous marriage, Nancy & Denise, and their families.
Frank also leaves behind his life-long friend, Gary Fellows of Colchester, who he considered as a son. Gary and the Fellows family, have always been there for our family, through our ups and downs and everywhere in between.
Frank was a business owner with an amazing work ethic. He owned a scale company and loved working on projects. He served in the Army and loved his country. He and Jenny loved their trips up north to visit everyone. He enjoyed traveling and seeing new places. He also loved animals and nature.
Frank had a great sense of humor and was a generous person. Anyone who knew him, knows he had a big heart and would always go out of his way to help someone. He has definitely earned his wings.
A graveside service and reception is being planned for May, in Connecticut. As plans are finalized, they will be shared with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.