Rudolph ‘Pete’ B. Bernier,
father of Father Paul Bernier

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Rudolph “Pete” B. Bernier, 93, of Somerset, passed away January 25, surrounded by his family, at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. He was the husband of the late Lorraine L. (Gauthier) Bernier.

Bernier was born in Fall River, the son of the late Oscar and Eva (Boucher) Bernier. He was the last living member of the 1939 graduating class at the former Msgr. Prevost High School. Bernier honorably served his country during WWII with the United States Army. He then worked as a licensed pharmacist for more than 50 years for Duffy’s Pharmacy in Tiverton, R.I., and several other local area pharmacies, retiring in 2000.

He was an avid reader, who also enjoyed boating and walking. Bernier cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. He was an active member with the American Legion Post #303 in Swansea and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Survivors are three daughters: Jeanne T. Dallaire of Swansea; Susan Koerner of South Kingstown, R.I.; Diane Trepanier of Westport; two sons: Father Paul Bernier, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Somerset and Alan Bernier of Tiverton, R.I.; 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and  several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Roland, Arthur, Omer, Rene, Leo and Rev. Adrien Bernier, Bertha Lagasse, Yvette Parent, Jeannette Kern, Lucienne Holewka, Gertrude Roberts, Ida Matuk and Maurice Bernier. He was the father-in-law of the late Richard N. Koerner.

A private Funeral Mass was celebrated January 29.

Memorial donations in his memory can be made to either the St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Louis de France, 56 Buffington Street, Swansea, Mass. 02777, or Veterans Services of Swansea, 68 Stevens Road, Swansea, Mass. 02777.

Arrangements were handled by Hathaway Funeral Homes.

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