Bernard J. Couillard Sr.
1923 - 2017
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Bernard J. Couillard, Sr.

Age: 93 • Burlington

Bernard J. Couillard Sr. of Burlington VT, age 93, passed on to Heaven Thursday July 27, 2017 with his loving family and caregivers at his side.

Bernard was born in Burlington VT on November 11, 1923 to Noelina and John Couillard. Predeceased by his wife of 60 years Catherine L. Ploof, 3 brothers, Raymond, Clement and Roland, and 1 sister Jean. He is survived by his 3 children Bernard Jr. and wife Judith of Underhill, VT, Daniel and wife Kathryn of Colchester, VT and Dorothy and husband Paul Curiano of Bayville, NY. Also 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bernard began working to sustain his parents and siblings at a young age at Colodny's Public Market in Burlington and the Woolen Cotton Mill in Winooski. He quickly became a prolific business owner of Bernie's Taxi, in which he took his future wife Catherine on their first date, Bernie's Gas Station, Bernie's Snack Bar, Bernie's Grocery Store, Couillard Apartments and Bernie's Auto Sales which operated with the help of his two sons for almost 50 years.

The family is extremely grateful for the loving attention and care he received from Hospice and the staff at the Mansfield Place in Essex Jct. VT, his home away from home for the past 23 months.

Bernard's family and friends salute to his work ethic, stubborn strength and endurance that served him well in life. Prayers for his Heavenly life forever after.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Mark's Church in Burlington. Private interment to follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery in S. Burlington. In lieu of flowers please, memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties at 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. To send online condolences to the family please visit

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jul. 30, 2017.
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August 2, 2017
Dear Bernie and family, may you find comfort in the many memories you share and know his legacy will go on. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Debbie Clark Titus
Debra Titus
July 31, 2017
So sorry to hear of his passing. I new him while we were at Mansfield.i liked kidding him about his blowing pass me on our way to Florida on three occasions. We also joked about my uncle Walt Labounty and Bernie being auto traders. I can't be at the funeral because I am recovering from a stroke. He will be in my prayers.
Norm Pellerin
July 31, 2017
Sending hugs out to the cousins. He was a great man who will be missed by many. Love you guys!
Nancy Seidel
July 31, 2017
I have so many memories of you and your family visiting us and partying in our back yard. I also bought a car from you. Enjoy your new adventure with your brothers & sister.
Armand&Jane Lavigne-Guerin
July 30, 2017
To the Couillard family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you ,
Don and Cheryl Franklin
Milton Vt
July 30, 2017
Bernie Jr., Sorry for your loss. Your dad was a nice man; pleasant and jovial to all who stopped by his shops. My dad also liked cars and enjoyed stopping by Bernie's Auto to look at cars and has bought a few from him in years past. He will be missed by many.
Dana Basiliere
July 30, 2017
To the Couillard family. Sorry to here about your dads passing. We had great memories. My first new car I bought from Bernie a 1967 ford rancho,
John Susan Lavigne
July 30, 2017
Sincere condolences to the family. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace, Hosea 13:14.
July 30, 2017
So sorry for your loss .Your dad was a Great Gentleman he will be missed by many.
Larry Lacaillade
July 30, 2017
You were such a special man. Heaven is blessed to have you. My thoughts are with your family.
April Villemaire
July 30, 2017
Dear Bernard & Judy, thinking of you folks with love & prayers. I didn't personally know your Dad but heard many good thing about him. He will surely be missed by many.
Ina Isham
July 30, 2017
To the Couillard Family.So sorry to see that Bernie has Left us.He was a funny,great
Guy.He is Happy Now that he has joined Kathy,and they will continue to watch over you all.
Karen Cadorette
July 30, 2017
Sorry for your loss my father bought his cars a Bernie's for years. again sorry for your loss
Anne (DuPont) Coolidge
July 30, 2017
So sorry to hear of the passing of my dear friend Bernie, many of great times with that gentleman.RIP my friend and enjoy the ride in that big Cadilac with Katherine and your dear brothers
Ron ragis
July 30, 2017
Dan, Kathy and family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father our Thoughts and prayers are with you all
Steve & Joanne Ploesser
July 30, 2017
Your dad was a good strong man who you can be very proud to call your dad. He will be missed by all . RIP
Bob Maneely
July 30, 2017
You will be missed Bernie.I have so many good memories of growing up in south Burlington and working for you. God Bless.
Michael Brunelle
July 30, 2017
A kind and wonderful man, he will be missed by all who's lives he touched. Farewell my friend.
Lindsay Clifford
July 29, 2017
RIP uncle Bernie I'm glad to have so many memories about you. You were a great uncle, and will be deaply missed. Your finally with your brothers and sister.
Jerry Couillard
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