Ernest F. Bernhardt, 92

Ernest F. Bernhardt, age 92, passed away at Indian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Jan. 5, 2010.
Ernest was born on April 24, 1917, in Bay Shore, the son of George and Clara (Olsen) Bernhardt.
Ernest was employed by New York Telephone as a cable splicer for more than 30 years.  He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in England and France.
Ernest was gifted with the ability to fix anything.  He enjoyed using his hands for most any “fix-it” project. He used to acquire broken bicycles, fix them and give them away to children to enjoy. He was skilled with carpentry renovations.
Ernest enjoyed spending time at his summer home in Saltaire, where he often went clamming. But most of all he loved being with his family.
Ernest was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.  He was a member of the Bay Shore Fire Department for more than 68 years and served as captain of the Bay Shore Hose Company.  He was active in the Fireman’s Benevolent Association and was instrumental in
establishing the Saltaire Fire Department.           
Ernest was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Anazenos) Bernhardt. 
Survivors are his son Charles and his wife, Karen, of Essex Junction, Vt., and two
daughters, Mary Ann Niles and her husband, Jay, of Granville and Rita Cohen and her husband, Samuel, of Bradenton, Fla. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Melissa Carroll and her husband, Danny, Jeanette Vereecke and her husband, Chris, Starr Williams, Beth Williams and her husband Dave, Drew Niles, William Niles, Eric Cohen and his wife, Cherie, and Vanessa Cohen. He was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery in Bay Shore.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Bay Shore Fire Department, 195 5th Ave. Bay Shore, N.Y. 11706.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St. Granville.

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