BERNACHI, Harold Lewis
At 81 years of age, on December 16, 2011. Born February 26, 1930 in Windsor, Ontario. Loving husband of the late Darlene (nee Beneteau, June 13, 2008) for 55 years. Son of Mario Frank Bernachi (1991) and Victoria (2011). Father of Cal, London, ON, Jan and Glen Gamble, Lyn and Dan LaPorte, Jay and Eva, Tod and Michelle, and Lia. Grandfather of Justin, Dana, Amber, Brandon, Jaylyn, Jessica, Cameron and Nicholas. Brother to Don Bernachi and partner Jacqueline, London, ON. Upon graduating from Assumption High School in 1948, Harold joined his father in Windsor Body & Fender Ltd., an auto body shop that his father established in 1940. Harold retired in 1988 after running the business for 40 years. Son Jay is a third generation Bernachi running the 72 year old business today. Harold was born in Windsor, then at age 11 moved to Riverside where he lived until 1963 when he and his family moved to Amherstburg. Harold was an Honourary Life Member of the K of C Council 2110, Amherstburg. Harold joined the Knights in 1953 in Windsor, then in 1960 became a Charter Member of the newly formed Riverside K of C Council 4924. Harold served as the Grand Knight from 1963 - 1965 and during his term built the original hall on Lauzon Road. He served 4 years as the District Deputy of District 10. Harold joined the Dean Wagner Assembly Fourth Degree Knights in Windsor in 1961, then became a Charter Member of the newly formed Fr. Louis Boue Assembly in 1994. He was made an Honourary Life Member in 2000. Harold was the Master of the Major Degrees (Second and Third) for 28 years, and during that time initiated and knighted thousands of members into the Order. Harold joined the Amherstburg Lions Club in 1969 and served as President from 1994 - 1995. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce since moving to the area and served as President from 1982 - 1984. He was a member of the R.C.L. Branch 157 in Amherstburg. He was made an Honourary Member of the Amherstburg Volunteer Ambulance Service in 1970 after having converted two hearses into ambulances at his body shop. Harold was a past member of the Windsor Optimist Club, the Windsor Business Assoc., Trustee on the Catholic Family Service Bureau, the Windsor Advertising and Sales Club, was a Past Trustee of General Amherst High School, Past Financial Secretary of the Caboto Club, a member of the Anderdon Planning Board for eight years and a past member of the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities for seven years. Harold was Vice Chairman of the H.M.S. Detroit Committee under President Murray Kennedy. Harold was presented numerous awards, among which was a Volunteer for Community Service by the Ontario Minister of Citizen and Culture in 1985, the Ambassador of Tourism Award by the Windsor Essex County Tourist & Convention Bureau in 1986, a Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister, for Community Service in 1988 with Bob Bradt, raising $40,000 to purchase the first Care-A-Van bus for Amherstburg. In 1993 he was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal for his community service. In 1988 Harold was made Citizen of the Year of Amherstburg/Anderdon/Malden. He remained active in the community, most recently as a guest columnist for the Amherstburg Echo. Visiting at the
401 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg
on Monday, December 19, 2011 from 2 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. K of C Prayers and Parish Prayers along with RCL branch #157 presentation at 7:30 p.m. Funeral on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 from the funeral home at 10 a.m. going to St. John the Baptist Church for Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Memorial tributes to the Amherstburg Lions Club, the Windsor Regional Cancer Center or to any other Charity of your Choice would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Harold in the Sutton Heritage Forest in the fall of 2012. All are welcome. Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family at


Funeral Home

James H Sutton Funeral Home - AMHERSTBURG
401 SANDWICH ST S  Amherstburg, ON N9V 3K8
(519) 736-2134

Published in The Windsor Star from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19, 2011