RICHARD G. BERNIER November 4, 2013 SAFELY HOME I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! but Jesus' love illumined Every dark and fearful glade. And He came Himself to meet me In that way so hard to tread; And with Jesus' arm to lean on, Could I have one doubt or dread? Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still: Try to look beyond earth's shadows, Pray to trust our Father's Will. There is work still waiting for you, So you must no idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth - You shall rest in Jesus' land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come! Richard G. Bernier joined his loved ones in Heaven November 4, 2013. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War and proud to have served his country. He will be missed and loved by everyone who knew him. He was an exceptional person. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Earlene; seven children, Peter, Deborah, Therese, Kevin, Coryne, Richard II and Kimberly; many grand- children and great-grandchildren; six brothers, Jerry, Jamie, Bert, Bill, Arthur and Michael; four sisters, Jeanne, Muriel, Elaine and Dianne; many nieces and nephews; and all his friends in Lake Arrowhead and Rutland. Many thanks to Charter Hospice. You are all angels. Carrie, you got us through this trying time night and day and have become part of our family. Thank you Jim and Kathy at Affordable Cremations for your kindness and help. Thank you doctors and nurses at St. Mary Hospital. Last, but not least, Bill and Chris and Jamie and Lynn. Thank you Heavenly Father for the priest you sent and the chaplains who came to pray for Richard. My dearest husband, I will always love you. You were my life and soul mate.
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Published in the Daily Press on Nov. 17, 2013