John J. Bernard


February 12, 1917 - September 7, 2012

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Saratoga Springs, NY – John J. Bernard, of White Street, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Wesley Health Care Center. He was 95.

Born on February 12, 1917 in Granville, NY, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Carmela (Cappabianca) DiBernardo. John was a cross watchman for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad in Menands, NY for many years, retiring in 1982. He also worked with his late brother at Charlie’s Gulf Station on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs for many years. John devoted over 25 years volunteering along with his late wife, Tess, as a chaperone at St. Peter’s Academy for numerous school activities and functions, including their many dances and basketball games.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife, Theresa L. (Brackett) Bernard in 1999; two brothers, Charles and Ralph and one sister, Mary.

Survivors include his two daughter, Gloria Merton of Ballston Lake and Peggy Jones of Schuylerville; two sisters, Katherine Arpey and Bessie Zember; eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:30am to 10:30am Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway 584-5373. Funeral services will follow at 10:30am at the funeral home with Father Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor of the Church of St. Peter officiating.

Burial will follow at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave.

Memorials may be made in his name to The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkfuneralhome.com.

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