Bernard Fay

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Bernard Fay Aug. 28, 1925 - May 8, 2014 THREE OAKS - Bernard L. Fay, 88, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at West Woods of Niles. Barney was born August 28, 1925 in Galien, Michigan to Cecil and Jesse (Decker) Fay. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy (Flick) Fay; children, Nancy (Hans) Heintel, David Fay, Susan Warnke Jones, and Connie Warnke; grandsons Zachary Fay, Michael (Christie) Jones, and Matthew Jones and great granddaughter, Evie Jones. His son Brian Fay is deceased. Barney served in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto during World War II. He was an agent for Standard Oil Company, then Amoco, before owning BL Fay Oil Company in Three Oaks, retiring in 1985. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved camping, hunting and fishing. Barney and Dorothy loved to travel trailering all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. They took special trips to Hawaii and two trips to Alaska, once by cruise and once in their motorhome via the Al-Can Highway. They also enjoyed trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti. Barney kept active and enjoyed working on his motorcycles, trucks, trailers, motorhomes and antique tractors. He also kept busy with projects around the house, and often helped family and friends with their projects too. He was a member of the Three Oaks United Methodist Church and belonged to the River Valley Antique Power Association; the Three Oaks Masonic Lodge serving as Past Worshipful Master; the Berrien County and Niles Shrine Clubs; the Berrien County Shrine Mini-Biker Patrol; Three Oaks and Niles Order of the Eastern Star; and the Saladin Shrine Temple in Grand Rapids where he was a Past Potentate. He enjoyed and was proud of his work with the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Chicago. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Pobocik Funeral Home with the Rev Sherri Swanson officiating. Military Honors will be presented by the US Navy Honor Guard and the Randall Couchman American Legion Post 204. Cremation will follow. His ashes will be buried at Galien Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 8:00 pm on Tuesday, at the funeral home with Masonic Lodge Memorial Services at 7:45 pm on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Three Oaks United Methodist Church or to the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Chicago. To leave a tribute online, please visit

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Pobocik Funeral Home Connelly-Noble Chapel
106 East Ash Three Oaks, MI 49128
(269) 756-3831
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 10, 2014
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