Bernard P. Floriani Jr.
1968 - 2020
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Bernard Paul Floriani Jr., 51, of Gurnee, Ill., died Thursday, July 30, 2020, after a courageous battle with ALS. He was born Dec. 25, 1968, in Greensburg, son of Catherine McCauley Florian,i of Cary, N.C., and the late Dr. Bernard Paul Floriani. Bernie graduated from Dover High School in Delaware in 1987 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1991. While at UVA, Bernie was a member of the golf and basketball teams. Upon graduation, he worked for State Farm and became an agent in Gurnee in 1997. His community involvement included member of the Rotary Club and chairman of the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for Gurnee Days. He was also the past president of the Lake County Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a former board member of Gurnee Community Church, as well as a founding board member of Bernie's Book Bank. Actively involved in coaching numerous youth athletic programs, Bernie started the youth basketball team known as the Gurnee Lightning and was a volunteer coach for the Warren Township High School varsity basketball program. In addition to his mother, Bernie is survived by his wife, Christy Oehlstrom Floriani, whom he married July 3, 1993; his children, Kayla Floriani and Maxwell Floriani; a brother, Brian Floriani and Suzanne Brown, of Lake Forest, Ill.; a sister, Lindsey Floriani Arterburn and Pete, of Prosper, Texas; nieces, and nephews, Zoe and Ziggy Floriani, and Grant and Claire Arterburn; mother-in-law, Sue Oehlstrom, of Palatine, Ill.; sister-in-law, Stacy Oehlstrom Behles and Forrest; niece and nephew, Mallory and Jack Behles, all of Roselle, Ill.; and numerous other family members. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Peter and Veronica Floriani; and maternal grandparents, Bill and Kit McCauley. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME, 901 Vine St., West Newton. Only 25 people are permitted in the funeral home at a time, so please limit your visit out of respect for others. Masks must be worn and social distancing be maintained. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in First Methodist Church, 106 N. 2nd St., West Newton. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at church. Memorial donations may be made in Bernie's name to Bernie's Book Bank, www.berniesbookbank.org, 917 N. Shore Drive, Lake Bluff, IL 60044 or ALS Les Turner Foundation, www.lesturnerals.org, 5550 W. Touhy Ave., Suite 302, Skokie, IL 60077. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Lake County, Ill. Condolences may be left at www.mccauleyfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Aug. 1, 2020.
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August 3, 2020
Bernie,

It's so hard to process, but God has his plan. I will always remember the fun we all had in college and how amazing it was when you a) made the basketball team and b) made every shot you took. Glad we got back in touch and I know your courageous fight inspired many people who followed your battle.

I will never forget you and I look forward to following Max's soccer career (And I am not even a big college soccer fan!!) Love to Christy and the kids.
Steve Odabashian
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August 3, 2020
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August 3, 2020
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August 3, 2020
August 3, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Floriani Family for the loss of your loved one, Bernard Paul, Jr., and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
JW/JKH
August 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cheryl Ball
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August 2, 2020
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Branden Ellis
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August 2, 2020
Coach Flo was an inspiration to all he met and especially to those he coached. He always knew what to say and how to say it to make any situation better. I will forever be grateful for all of the support, direction, guidance, words of wisdom, and help he gave so freely to me. He was one of a kind! Rest easy, Coach!
Branden Ellis
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August 2, 2020
Coach Flo was an inspiration to all he met and especially to those he coached. He always knew what to say and how to say it to make any situation better. I will forever be grateful for all of the support, direction, guidance, words of wisdom, and help he gave so freely to me. He was one of a kind! Rest easy, Coach!
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August 2, 2020
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Darrin Utynek
August 1, 2020
Great basketball coach who in spite of his condition would give up his time to work with the Warren High School basketball players. A True Champion ! We will miss him! RIP, Coach.
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