William A. Bernardi, 79, of Norwell, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife and children after fighting a long battle with cancer. Bill was the beloved husband of Judy (Desmond) Bernardi; and loving father of Peter Bernardi of Norwell, Paul Bernardi of Boston and Claudia Bernardi of Norwell; loving grandfather of Liza. Ginger, and William. He was the son of the late William and Mary Bernardi, formerly of Quincy; and brother of Raymond and Gilda. Bill was born in Quincy, in his family home, the youngest of three children and grew up on Wollaston Beach. He entered the United States Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Lejeune at the age of 18 and served eight years prior to being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. In addition to his family, friends, and growing the best tomatoes in town, music was his career and passion. Bill was the inventor of the Lyricon, an electronic wind instrument and the first wind controller to be constructed. The Lyricon was featured by notable artists including the late Chuck Greenberg of Shadowfax, Tom Scott on Grateful Deads Estimated Prophet, and Steely Dans Peg. Bill was very much a musical prodigy, teaching himself to play any instrument he put his mind to, including, the guitar, piano, bongos, flute as well as composing his own music. Bills connection to the Norwell community had run deep for over fifty years. In addition to being on many town boards, he was a devoted member of Saint Helen Church as well as the churchs choir director. He took great pride in bringing music into other peoples lives. A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at 11 a.m. in St. Helen Church, 383 Washington St., Norwell. Visiting hours were Thursday, Feb. 6, from 4-8 p.m. at McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 30 Central Street (off Rt. 123, near State Police Barracks), Norwell. For an online guest book, please visit www.mcnamara-sparrell.com. 781-383-0200
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McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home
30 Central St Norwell, MA 02061
Published in The Norwell Mariner from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12, 2014