BERNARD, Jerome (Jerry) Urbain
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He slipped the surly bonds of earth, put out his hand and touched the face of God. Jerry died peacefully with family by his side on December 9, 2012 at the age of 92. Loving husband of Mary (Mulhall) Bernard for 66 years. He was an extraordinarily supportive and loving father for Richard (Darian), Tom (Sandra), Leo (Joyce), Kathryn (Roger Foster) and Mary Ellen (Michael Grondin). Beloved grandfather of Shawn, Joel and Nicole, step-grandfather to Richard Foster, Chris, Matthew and Nicole Grondin and honorary step-great-grandfather to Noah Grondin. Jerry was born and raised in Moose Jaw, SK and is predeceased by parents Benoit and Emma, sisters Rita and Annette and brother Maurice. He was always very proud of his prairie roots. He joined the RCAF at age 20 and served as a flight lieutenant pilot serving in Canada, England and West Africa during WWII. A true hero for us. He never lost his love of planes and flying. After the war, he married Mary and they relocated to Saskatoon where he earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Jerry and Mary moved to Windsor where he worked for over 30 years at Chrysler in Detroit as an automotive engineer. He was an active member of St. John Vianney RC Church and was especially dedicated to the choir, St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus. He was a highly talented cartoonist and calligrapher; he loved music and playing his clarinet, was a faithful Toronto Maple Leaf fan and quite the punster. He especially loved being around family and friends. Friends and relatives can visit at
Marcotte Funeral Home
12105 Tecumseh Rd E., Tecumseh
on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prayers will be held at 4:30 p.m. Veteran's Service under the auspices of WVMSC will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. John Vianney Church (385 Dieppe St. Windsor N8S 3V3) on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery to follow. Jerry believed in helping his neighbour. In lieu of flowers, well-wishers are asked to consider donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Rev. A. Nolan Knights of Columbus Council #9865, both c/o St. John Vianney Church or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the staff at Met Hospital and Malden Park for Dad's care over the past month and Amy's Helping Hands (especially Tracy!) for their compassionate and capable in-home support. Share memories and online condolences at
Well done good and faithful servant. You stayed on course; you finished the race: you kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Published in The Windsor Star from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2012