Bernard Henry Brengard

bernard brengard

February 14, 1938 ~ December 26, 2012

Resided in: Asheville, NC

Bernard Henry Brengard Asheville ~ Bernard Henry Brengard, 74, of Asheville, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the Charles George VA Medical Center Hospice. A native of Montgomery County, IL, he was a son of the late Dorothy Fortune Notter and step-son of the late Ralph "Shorty" Notter. Bernard was also preceded in death by four brothers, Maurice Brengard, John Brengard, Ralph E. Notter, Jr. and Kenneth Brengard. After graduating from high school, Bernard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He worked with NCI for 17 years and later retired from Continental Teves Inc. He was also a member of the Roan Mountain, TN Masonic Lodge and the Parrott Head Club of Asheville and enjoyed gardening, chopping wood and building fires in the wintertime. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Roark Brengard; one son, Gary S. Brengard and his wife, Beth, of Fallon, NV; two sister-in-laws, Joyce Brengard of Witt, IL and Margaret Hagler and her husband, George, of Lancaster, SC; three brother-in-laws, David Roark of Roan Mountain., TN, Johnny Roark and his wife, Burma, of Claremont, NC and Lonnie Roark of Mooresville, NC as well as eight nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery Chapel. Military Rites will be conducted by the Buncombe County Veteran's Council and the North Carolina National Guard. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Monday, December 31st at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that memorial donations be made to any Hospice of one's choice.

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  1. Bernie in years past was a very dear friend along with wife Mary Lou and his son Gary,memories are something we can hold on too and boy did we have a lot of them,they were all precious to us then and now.Mary Lou and Gary our thoughts and prayers are with you and if you ever need us we are still here .We were sad to here the news but heaven will be a welcome sight after all his suffering,no more pain ,tears,or sad good byes.

  2. Dear Gary and Family,
    Mom, Dad, and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Your dad was a wonderful man and will be missed. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do. Love to you all.

  3. Bernie was like a second father to me at times. Like any good father, he provided gracious time and attention, as well as sage advice and wisdom tempered through experience, salted with love, and woven with humor in the perfect recipe to make it more than palatable and in fact, welcome. It seems like yesterday, he was pulling me around that cold lake time and time again to help me succeed on water skis and to ultimately make me feel like an Olympic champion for my feeble attempts. Thank you Bernie for that and all the other wonderful memories! You will be greatly missed, but Heaven’s coffee club just got a lot more interesting. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you Mary Lou and Gary. Thank you for sharing him with me all those years ago. Remember in those dark and lonely moments when his earthly presence feels absolutely unbearable, that he will never truly leave you and he will simply be helping prepare your ultimate home…..taking care of those he loves like always.

  4. You will always be missed and I know you are in a better place. I am praying for your family and friends who have lost a great person. I’ll never forget the wisdom you shared and the patience you showed me growing up when I was a kid that thought I knew it all. Rest in Peace Bernie. The world was a better place because of you.

  5. Bernie was a really good brother in-law and a really good friend. Too bad he had to go so soon. He will be missed.

  6. Mary Lou and Gary you are both in our prayers. And we can take solace in the fact that Bernie is now beyond pain and walks with our Lord in Heaven.

  7. Gary, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

  8. Gary,
    Even though I only met your Dad the one time, the stories you would tell involving him were alway’s the best, probably because YOU called him Bernie. I enjoyed my time there with him and your Mom and still tell the tales. I’m hurting for your loss because I knew how much he meant to you. Take Care Brother!

  9. Mary Lou–keeping you all in our prayers–Bernie was such a good neighbor –We will miss seeing him out walking the dog! If there is anything we can do for you just let us know…..Love you guys,
    Bob and Tommi

  10. Dear Gary and Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers and may the good lord bring you peace in this trying time. God Bless you all!

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