Bernard St. George
1951 - 2021
BORN
1951
DIED
2021
Bernard St. George
August 23, 2021
Devoted father, builder, and educator Bernard Albert "Bernie" St. George passed away peacefully on August 23rd, 2021 in the company of loving family. A longtime resident of Guilford Connecticut, Bernie was 69 and left us too soon. Bernie is survived by his mother Marie, sister Brenda, and brothers Brian and Chris, his sons Ryan, Kyle, Gerard, and Barrett, their spouses, his five grandchildren Ellie, Broderick, Lorelei, Emersyn, and Meara, and all the students, friends, neighbors and souls he reached in his journey. He was predeceased by his father Bernard Sr.
Born in Norwalk, CT on September 1st, 1951, Bernie was the second of four children born to Bernard St. George and Marie (Hammond) St. George. In his youth, Bernie was a devoted member and "bell ringer" of the First Congregational Church in Norwalk and an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1969. He attended Graceland College in Iowa and graduated from UCONN with a degree in Sociology and a plan to help others. Later, he advanced his education with a master's degree in Technology Education from Central Connecticut State University. Bernie custom built both of his Guilford homes, owned his own carpentry business from 1981 to 1988, taught woodworking for the Lake Grove School of Durham from 1990 to 2006, and taught industrial technology for Hamden High School from 2007 until retirement in 2020. Bernie demonstrated his giving nature by opening his home to several foster children as well as mentoring needy students. He also maintained the neighborhood access road and provided emergency plowing services at all hours of the day for his community during storm events.
Bernie was a giving soul who never asked for anything in return and placed the utmost value on human integrity. He was a woodworker, an outdoorsman, conservationist, boater/fisherman, birder, and animal lover who delivered the awkward "Dad joke" with the best of them. He coached baseball, football, and wrestling for his boys and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, New York Giants, UCONN Huskies basketball, and any sports teams for which his sons played.
A family-only memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 4th, 2021. Memorial donations can be made in Bernie's name to the Humane Society, Audubon Society, or Ocean Conservancy. Please visit Bernie's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
Published by The Hour on Aug. 26, 2021.
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I remember Bernie from junior high school in Norwalk. Didn't know him well but remember he was a solid guy- friendly, very likeable, and could tell he was destined to be an outdoor type of guy. Like so many people that we remember from school days, there are reasons why we remember some and don't recall others. Bernie is one I remember. Sorry for his family's loss.
Michael McNeil
School
September 9, 2021
CTE Department from HHS
September 3, 2021
Bernie and I worked at Hamden High School for 13 years. He was one of the kindest men I have ever met. His soft-spoken and gentle nature was his greatest tool when working with troubled students. I miss his smile and how his face lit up when sharing pics of his grandchildren. The world was certainly a kinder, gentler place with him in it. He is gone too soon and my heart goes out to his family. Yvette
Yvette Budrow
September 3, 2021
I remember Bernie with a gentle voice and a smile that anyone he greeted felt welcome to share time with. After Bernie finished college he moved on to start his future. I shared times with Bernie at family gatherings for happy or sad occasions. Bernie´s four sons are terrific young men that he must have been very proud of. Now they will carry on all the love that their dad gave them. May his four sons , mother and siblings find peace with the help of the Lord. Happy birthday Bernie in Haven. Love Aunt Willa
Aunt willa
Family
September 1, 2021
My Condolences, I will remember Young Bernie with foundness and Love.
sara lesko
August 28, 2021
Bernie was father of two of my best friends, Gerard & Barrett. Many of my best memories were had at their house. Whether it was in their back yard pool (which didn't last forever - a buck accidentally fell into it and ripped it lol), the indoor wrestling mat, a n64 game, no matter what it was, the St. George's place was a second home to my own. I miss Bernie immensely and grieve his loss, especially for my two amazing friends Gerard and Barrett. God bless, my prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Josh Kebabian
Friend
August 28, 2021
Dear Marie, Brenda, & family. I was so sorry to hear about Bernie´s passing, through Bruce Anderson on Facebook. You may remember my mom, Lillian Kenworthy, my sisters Kim & Kris, & me, Claudia. We lived at 48 Howard Ave. My mom & Kim have passed away, and Kris & I often sit and reminisce about growing up in such a great neighborhood. We talk about going down the street with the Hyvarinens to wander around the woods, which we were all forbidden to do! We passed your house, which I always thought was so beautiful! Kris & I were wondering what had happened to your family... Clearly, Bernie was a wonderful man who is gone way to soon. I am so sorry. Claudia Kenworthy Boerst
Claudia (Kenworthy) Boerst
August 28, 2021
Bernie plowed our driveway for many years on Thistle Rock Drive and was such a nice man. We are very sorry for your loss and prayer you find peace in the days ahead.
James and Barbara Maher
August 27, 2021
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