Paul Eugene Bernier

June 23, 1933 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 88)


Paul Eugene Bernier
Shelburne, VT

Paul Eugene Bernier, 88, of Shelburne, VT, passed away on September 23, 2021.  He was born on June 23, 1933, to Leo and Lina (Gagnon) Bernier, in St. Prosper, Quebec, Canada, and was the oldest of nine children. 

Paul married Claire (Doyon) Bernier on September 15, 1956.  That same year they moved from Canada to Newport, VT.  They moved again in 1965 to Burlington, VT, and eventually settled in Shelburne, VT, in 1974, where they lived for more than forty years.  Paul was a dual citizen and obtained his US Citizenship in 1985.

Paul and Claire played a strategic part in the Cursillo movement in Vermont during the 1970s.  Paul was a long-time parishioner at St. Catherine of Siena Parish and maintained the inside and outside of the church for decades.  He even built the creche still used outside of the church during the Christmas holiday.

Paul had a strong work ethic and began working at a young age.  He worked in a variety of occupations throughout his career including logging, farming, truck driving, auto mechanics, automobile delivery, and homebuilding.  Together with his eldest son, Paul built and repaired some of the houses still found in Shelburne today.

Paul will be remembered for his love of his family, traveling, card playing, fishing, chatting about automobiles, and debating which is the best route to take when traveling from Point A to Point B.  One of his biggest achievements was caring for his wife Claire during her illness with Alzheimer’s Disease from which she passed in 2016.

Paul is survived by his children: Denis “Number 1”; Mark “Number 2” and his wife, Shelley (Crawford); and Neil “Number 3” and his wife, Jaime (Kessler); his six grandchildren: Thomas, Ashton, Jake, Brittyn, Riley, and Tristan; and his great-granddaughter, Acadia. 

Paul’s family extends their thanks to the residents, caretakers, and staff at Mansfield Place of Essex Jct., VT for their exceptional care, countless hours of conversation and entertainment, and the love they gave to Paul over the last several years.  The family also thanks the UVM Home Health and Hospice for their care given to Paul.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Shelburne on October 9, 2021.  In place of flowers, the family suggests donations are made to Alzheimer's Association Vermont 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 130, Williston, VT 05495, or online at

Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT.

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Funeral Mass
October 9, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
72 Church Street
Shelburne, VT 05482

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