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Jack L. Bernard
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Jack L. Bernard, 78, of Toledo, passed away on December 28 at home surrounded by his family. Jack was born on July 30, 1939, to James L. and Anna Mae (Lane) Bernard.

He graduated from DeVilbiss High School and received his Associate's Degree in Engineering from the University of Toledo. He then served in the U.S. Navy before returning to Toledo to work full-time at the family business, Bernard Plastic Products. He retired when the company closed in 2001.

Jack was an avid sailor and racer, with memberships in the Storm Trysail Club, New York, and Toledo Yacht Club. He was a lifetime member of the Toledo Ice Yacht Club.

He was instrumental in restarting the prestigious Mills Trophy Race in 1980 and served on the race committee every year, including as chairman in 1981. Jack was a Mills Master and was inducted into the Mills Race Hall of Honor in 1990.

Jack was also an Old Goat - Mackinac Island Race, Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit, having sailed more than 35 races to Mackinac Island.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ed Bernard.

He is survived by Gerri, his wife of 48 years; daughters, Maggie (Sam) Thurber and Laura Mielcarek; son, James (Bruce Stafford); grandchildren, Ashley and Joey Mielcarek; and brother, Gary Bernard.

The family would like to thank Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice for the excellent care they provided to Jack and for the compassion and support given to the family.

Memorial visitation will be Sunday December 31, 2017 from 1 to 5 p.m. at David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home 5300 N. Summit St. Toledo, OH. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Toledo Yacht Club Foundation, Toledo Animal Shelter, or Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice. Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com


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memorial visitation

Sunday

31

Dec

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
David R. Jasin-Hoening - Toledo

5300 N Summit Street
Toledo, OH 43611

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