Francis X. Bernard

May 7, 2018

Francis X. Bernard
U.S. Veteran

US Army

WWII

FRANCIS X. BERNARD – of Woburn, May 7th. Beloved husband of 65 years to Brenda E. (Beatty) Bernard. Devoted father of Brenda E. Bernard of North Andover, Monica A. Dattilo, her husband Joseph of Woburn and Andrea M. Bernard of Woburn. Dear brother of Barbara Hamilton of Woburn, John “Jackie” Bernard of Billerica and the late Mary McGondel, Ruth Lennon, and Elizabeth Borgeson. Cherished grandfather of Amy Dattilo, her husband Victor Pozzani, Anthony Dattilo, his wife Erin Mahoney, Michael Dattilo, and Kara Dattilo, her companion Bronlette DaRosa. Loving great-grandfather of Ivana and Thomas Dattilo, as well as survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA, Friday, May 11th at 11 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 12 noon. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday, May 10th from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Francis’ name to St. Charles School 8 Myrtle St., Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

Francis X. Bernard, 91, passed away at home on Monday, May 7th, surrounded by his beloved family. Frank was the cherished husband of Brenda (Beatty) for 65 years, and loving and devoted father to his three daughters: Brenda Bernard, Jr.; Monica Dattilo; and Andrea Bernard.

From his birth in East Boston in 1926 to his death earlier this week, Frank lived his life in service to others. One of six children born to Frank and Cecilia Bernard, Frank became head of the household at 15 years old upon his father’s untimely death. With a firm sense of duty, he left school to support his mother and siblings Mary, Ruth, Elizabeth, Barbara, and John. It was then that he grew into a man committed to honoring his responsibilities with quiet grace and dignity.

While serving in the Army in World War II, Frank traveled from Boston to California’s Monterey coast to Japan before returning home to Woburn, Mass. to reprise the role of his family’s steward.

In 1950, he met Brenda Beatty and silently vowed upon their first meeting that someday he would marry her. His promise came to fruition in 1953 when they married at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Woburn. Their faith remained a constant in their marriage and lives as they worked and raised their three daughters with love. Frank was a doting father whose life orbited around his three girls—always working to provide a life full of happiness for his family.

Equally skilled mechanically and with his hands, Frank spent over 30 years working in manufacturing at J.H. Winn and later, in retirement, at the Peterson School. He found intellectual challenge in building and repairing objects, and quickly became known at work as a man who could get anything done.

Frank’s commitment to his role as husband and father was his focus, but he continued to develop interests throughout his life. A thoughtful man with quiet strength and a wry sense of humor, he often made a room erupt in laughter by delivering a perfect punch line at just the right moment. Frank was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed playing golf and was proud of his bowling trophies—and never missed the chance to root for the Red Sox. He was a self-taught pianist who enjoyed playing in his signature style replete with bounding rhythm and expansive flourishes when the family gathered for parties or holidays. In addition, Frank took up oil painting in middle age, creating many beautiful pieces of art: still lifes, landscapes, and portraits.

Always an early adopter of technology, Frank liked to play video games from Pong to Nintendo. And despite battling a challenging illness in recent years, he continued to cultivate his interests, mastering crossword puzzles, following current events, and honing his computer skills. Recently, he even made his first foray into social media by joining Twitter.

A constant force in the lives of his grandchildren, Frank often joined them playing games in their early years, later standing firmly by them—always demonstrating his steadfast love.

Frank’s generosity even extended to animals. He not only cared for his treasured dogs, cats, and birds over the years, but also for stray and injured animals who crossed his path. His compassion and fairness extended to all living things.

Francis X. Bernard was a kind, gentle, and intelligent man whose commitment to living a full life was only matched by his devotion to his family. He will be missed immeasurably.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA, Friday, May 11th at 11 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 12 noon. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday, May 10th from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Francis’ name to St. Charles School 8 Myrtle St., Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. My sincerest condolences to the entire family on the loss of your beloved husband and father. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Jackie Wenzler

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace

  3. Susan Connolly Stark and family

    Dear Brenda, Brenda, Monica and Andrea,

    I am so sorry to learn this news. I have fond memories of Frank at many Bernard celebrations over the years. He was a funny and thoughtful person. I hope you all can find some comfort from shared memories as well as the support and love from your family and friends.

  4. I’ve worked with Andrea for many years and she’s always spoken about what a wonderful person, provider and friend her father was. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope the wonderful memories you have will provide solace during this time.

  5. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all of your good memories be greater than your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

  6. Kathy Mulrenan Solorzano

    ,,Monica and Family,,Heartfelt Condolences On The Loss Of “Brother”,,A Truly, Kind, “Gentle”Man..He Will Be Missed..from Kathy Mulrenan Solorzano

  7. Dear Brenda,

    I just read the sad news about Frank’s passing. My deepest condolences to you & your entire family on your loss.

    Marie Hill

  8. Monica, so sorry to read about the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  9. Maryellen Litzenberg

    Dear Aunt Brenda and girls, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Frank was the sweetest man, I will always have fond memories of him. God Bless you all. Love, Maryellen.

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