Joseph O. Bernier – Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Joseph O. Bernier, 92, a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander who also was a former sales representative for Washington Incinerator Co., died of respiratory failure August 11, 2000 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Commander Bernier, who was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, came to the Washington area from Newport, Rhode Island, when he retired from the Navy in 1957. He had enlisted in the Navy in 1927 and received his commission during World War II. Over the years, he served aboard 12 different types of ships.

He served aboard the famed battleship Missouri during World War II. Also during the war, he served in the War Plans Division at the headquarters in what is now the office of the chief of Naval Operations. His last assignment was in Newport.

After his military service, he worked as a real estate agent for Hicks Realty in Alexandria and spent about 10 years with Washington Incinerator.

His main avocation was golf, which he pursued with a group of retirees called the “Over-the-Hill Gang.” The group was featured in a Washington Post article in 1978 for its golf play on a snow-covered East Potomac Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Loretta D. Bernier of Alexandria; three children, J. Peter Bernier of Lorton and Kathleen A. Bernier and Jacqueline M. Bernier, both of Berkeley, Calif.; two sisters; a brother; and six grandchildren.

A daughter, Jeanne R. Bernier, died in 1994.


On Friday, August 11, 2000 at his residence, JOSEPH O. BERNIER. Husband of Loretta D. Bernier; father of J. Peter, Kathleen Anne, Jacqueline M. and the late Jeanne R. Bernier; brother of Florence Lizotte, Lorraine Copan and Brother Henri Bernier, F.I.C. Also surviving are six grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Fort Myer Chapel, on Wednesday, August 30 at 8:45 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children's Hospital, 111 Michigan Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20010.

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