Richard Bernard, 71

WESTBROOK — Richard “Dick” Bernard, 71, of Westbrook, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully with his loving family by his side on May 11, 2014, at the Maine Medical Center.

He was born in Rumford on Dec. 26, 1942, to the late Emma (Gaudet) and Joseph Bernard. Dick attended Assumption Prep School in Worcester, Mass. and graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford in 1962. He attended Bliss College in Lewiston. He married the love of his life, Lisette (Dupuis), just short of forty-nine years ago on July 3, 1965, and raised three children together. Dick worked as an Allstate Insurance agent for more than thirty years. The long list of awards and achievements over the years are a testament to his personal service to his many clients. He was dedicated to his work and provided a wonderful life for his family.

He was an incredibly giving man, always willing to come to the aid of those in need. He and Lisette traveled extensively. They spent the summers on Sebago Lake camping with his family and his sister Jean and her husband Dick, and later escaped the cold Maine winters as snowbirds in Florida. Dick loved to entertain at home, welcoming friends and family at every opportunity on the holidays and summer days. He was in his glory, boiling lobsters and steamers for friends and family at his lakeside home on Long Lake in Naples, or making handmade pizza — using an old family recipe handed down by his father and a tradition carried on by his son. He was an active communicant of the former St. Edmunds Catholic Parish in Westbrook, serving as the president of the parish council for several years. He was very athletic and loved watching and playing sports particularly tennis, skiing and basketball. Sundays he could be found glued to the Patriots game, always calling his sister Claire to discuss the results immediately after or watching the Red Sox with his mother Emma.

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Lisette Dupuis Bernard, and three children: Kevin Bernard of Westbrook, Kathy Bernard of Washington DC, and Kris Bernard of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by two sisters: Claire Perry of Bethe,l and Jean Doherty of Rumford; and many nieces and nephews that he cherished.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 18, from 3 to 6 p.m at Blais and Hay Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church in Gorham.

In lieu of flowers the Bernards ask that donations be made in Richard’s name to: The Westbrook Community Food and Resource Center, 426 Bridge St. Westbrook, ME 04092. To express online condolences please go to www.blaisandhayfuneralhome.com

 

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