He was born in Falmouth in 1922 where he helped his father farm until World War II; he was then drafted into the Army and shortly sent to Europe with the First Infantry Division and participated in six major invasions in Europe, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes Forest and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. Near the end of the war Bernie met his wife Marion and they married in Dorset England in 1945. His career included farming, working for Kroger as a truck driver and later in life working for Mid-State Theatres as an equipment manager and his final years were spent in the sunshine state of South West Florida with his two sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Preceding him in death, in addition to parents Raymond and Iona, of Falmouth, were wife of 56 years, Marian Joan; brothers, Wallace, James, Letcher, Melvin; and sister, Ruth.
Surviving are present wife, Peggy Thompson; sons, Allen and Dan; step-daughters, Debbie Lynn and Teri Ruth, Douglasville, Ga.; daughter-in-law, Teri; grandchildren, Terry Paul, Lindsey Marie, Sara Ashley and Olivia Megan; and great-grandchildren, Terry Allen and Caden William.
Graveside services and interment were held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth.
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