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Bernard James Yokel

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Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Yokel passed July 4, 2018 in his home at Osprey Lodge, in Tavares Florida, at the age of 88. He passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. Bernie is preceded in death by his wife, Fran and daughter, Susan Yokel Deliduka. Bernie is survived by his brother Richard Yokel, son Ben (Judy) Yokel, daughter Nancy(Michael) Locey, son David (Joan) Yokel, 7 wonderful grandchildren and his beloved dog, Andre. Bernie graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He and wife Fran, spent 6 years teaching in the south Pacific, on the islands of Guam and Saipan It was there he discovered his love of the ocean and returned to college to become a marine biologist. In 1960 Bernie began his new career at the University of Miami. In 1970, he moved to Naples, Florida and began working for the Collier County Conservancy, to help preserve the fragile wetlands from destructive land development. In 1984, Bernie became President of the Florida Audubon, and he and Fran relocated to Mt. Dora, Florida. Bernie retired from Audubon in 2004. From 2005 to 2009, Bernie worked as President of the Trout Lake Nature Center. Bernie was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. His inspiration, optimism and sense of humor touched many lives. He will be deeply missed. A celebration of his life will be held at the Trout Lake Nature Center, in Tavares, FL at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, 226 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778, (352)343-4444. Online condolences may be left at www.steversonhamlinhilbish.com
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on July 11, 2018
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