Alfred D. “Al” “Dave” Bernier, 88, of Collinsville, beloved husband of Betty (Miller) Bernier, died Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Canton. He was born April 30, 1931 in Newport, NH, son of the late Alfred D. Bernier, Sr. and Barbara (Eastman) Bernier and had lived in West Hartford prior to moving to Collinsville 63 years ago. Al had served in the Connecticut National Guard. Mr. Bernier was a Supervisor of Micrographics for Cigna Insurance for many years prior to his retirement. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Collinsville, the Jaycees, the Canton/Avon Men’s Club and the Metacon Gun Club in Avon. In addition to target shooting, Al enjoyed word puzzles.
In addition to his loving wife of 64 years, he is survived by three daughters, Linda Helferty of Linwood, PA, Karen Kim and her husband Hyunni of Somers and Sherril Roberts and husband Ben of Flowery Branch, GA; his son, James Bernier and his wife Barbara of Newtown; his special niece Barbara Mele; his grandchildren, Janelle Kao, Daniel Helferty, Michael Helferty. Abigail Kim, Jason Kim, Nicole Wierzbinski, Rebecca Young, Alicia Carrafiello, and Michael Carrafiello and his great grandchildren, Connor Kao, Austin Kao and Emmalyn Kao, MacKenzie Helferty, Jacob Helferty, Hunter Helferty, Caleb Flynn, Kaia Young and Charlotte Wierzbinski.
His family will receive friends at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton on Wednesday, February 12th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 13th at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in South Norfolk Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to FAVARH, 225 Commerce Blvd., Canton CT 06019. Please visit Al’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.