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Bernard J. Allard


1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Bernard J. Allard
Mar. 26, 1934 - Dec. 28, 2018
Resident of San Jose
It is with great sadness that the family of Bernard (Bernie) James Allard announces his passing on December 28, 2018, at the age of 84 years. Born to Kathryn Bridget Murray & Bernard Emile Allard in Missoula, Montana, Bernie left an incredible legacy and life story. The oldest of five children, he was exceedingly hard-working, tending to the needs of his family after his father left at an early age. He grew up in Fresno with his brother and sisters, Mike, Jeanne, and Mary Ann. Versatility and excellence marked an athletic career that took this Fresno High School graduate from San Joaquin Valley to the University of Notre Dame and a berth on the 1956 U.S. Olympic team. Bernie lettered in football, basketball, and track all four years at Fresno High School, twice earning All-American honors, winner of the California Track and Field Championships for two consecutive years, winner of the West Coast Relays for three consecutive years and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1952. While at Notre Dame, Bernie defeated 1952 Olympic high jump champion, Walt Davis, setting a school record that would stand for 15 years and was named an All-American his junior and senior year. Following the 1956 Olympics, he won the European Championships and was inducted into the Notre Dame, Fresno, and Drake Relays Halls of Fame for Track & Field. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1956, Bernie enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was named to the All-Armed Forces Track and Field team for two consecutive years. Shortly thereafter, he began graduate work at U.C. Hastings College of Law. He went on to an illustrious and highly productive law career spanning 45 years and more than 300 jury trials, representing both plaintiff and defense. Bernie gained fame and respect throughout the nation as the defense attorney for such corporations as Southern Pacific, Chrysler, and Aetna, as well as the Ford Motor Company. He eventually became a plaintiff's attorney and won many multi-million dollar verdicts for clients who suffered catastrophic injuries, sexual abuse, and wrongful death. His fairness and integrity earned him Judge Pro Tem assignments in both Santa Clara and San Francisco Counties. He was an avid golfer, handball player, and sports fan. He loved all things Notre Dame and watching local sports teams such as the Oakland Raiders and Oakland A's with his sons. Bernie is survived by his eight children whom he loved deeply - Kevyn (Scott), Kathy (David), Colleen, Julie (Steve), Bob (Niccole), Matt (Karen), David (Angela), and Luke. He leaves thirteen grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother, Michael (Diane); sisters Jeanne Temple and Mary Ann Tuck (King), with whom he was particularly close. Bernie enjoyed his later years with Vandee Clark, who lovingly provided him with companionship and care. In any and every room, Bernie Allard was a charismatic force to be reckoned with - he could be charming, combative, and generous in the same breath, and will be deeply missed. Friends and family are invited to a memorial on Saturday, January 12th at 12 pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in San Jose. Reception to follow.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 8, 2019
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