Dennis Paul Bernhardt

  • Born: August 8, 1942
  • Died: March 10, 2018
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband and Brother

Dennis Paul Bernhardt, 75, of Maynard, Massachusetts, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Veterans Hospital in Bedford. He was the beloved husband of Joan M. Bernhardt.

Born on August 8, 1942, in Niskayuna, New York, he was the son of Irving Layton Bernhardt and Marjorie Alice (Becker). Raised and educated in Alplaus and Scotia, NY, Dennis graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School with the class of 1960. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and proudly served his country from 1960-1963 as an electronics technician on the USS Boston. After his active duty, he settled in the Boston area. He retired from the Naval Reserves after 20 years in 1985, and in 2014, retired from a long career as a printed-circuit board designer from Thorton.

Dennis was a member and Adjutant of the American Legion Post 156, Waltham, for many years. He enjoyed traveling, assembling ship models, researching his family genealogy, and publishing a book on the Becker Family: The descendants of Phillip Becker, who settled in Berne, NY, 1840-1999.

In addition to his wife Joan, whom he married on June 26, 2010, Dennis is survived by his brothers, David Bernhardt of Hudson, MA and Gary Bernhardt of Pattersonville, NY; his nieces, Christine Smith and Sherri Chapman; and his step-children Suzanne, Francesca, Jorge, and Frank Rivera. He was predeceased by his first wife, Noel, his parents, and his sister, Joan Langevin.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Dennis on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. His funeral service will follow at noon. A private committal service with U.S. Navy Military Honors will be held at Glenwood Cemetery, Maynard

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Special Needs Arts Programs, P.B. Box 598, Lexington, MA 02420, or at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just heard of Dennis' passing. He was a great guy and we had a lot of fun at Thornton. He will not be forgotten.

Posted by Ken Morash - Coworker   May 09, 2018

Joan, John just let me know now that they just heard at work of Dennis' passing. We knew nothing about it. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Rosemary DeLorey - Maynard, MA - Friend   May 08, 2018

Joan, I just received your note of Dennis' passing, and we are all shocked and saddened by this loss. Dennis was a most respected and loved person in all his years at Thornton. We are thankful to him for his service to the country, and for fun times and memories with his colleagues at work. I know it has been challenging in recent years, but knowing that you have been with him throughout only makes me smile that he was very, very happy, until going to a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Anthony Bevilacqua, the entire R&D team, and the Thornton family

Posted by Anthony Bevilacqua - Medford, MA - Coworker   May 08, 2018

Dear Joanie: Bob & I were so sorry to hear that Dennis had passed. We haven't been in touch with you folks since you left the Waltham area. We pray that God will be with you and help you and your family through these difficult times. With love and blessings, Bob & Priscilla Thayer

Posted by Priscilla Thayer - waltham, MA - Friend   April 06, 2018

Joanie, We are so sorry about your loss. Dennis was a wonderful person and Bill remembers fondly his time with Dennis aboard The Boston as well as at the reunions. I am so glad that I was able to get to know him too. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill & Tennis

Posted by Bill Smith - Beckley, WV - friend   March 29, 2018

"Please know that we are thinking of Dennis and his family and hope that the memories you have built together will sustain you all through this difficult time."
The Bellini's

Posted by Lois & Lynne Bellini - Medford,, MA - Friend   March 21, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to you and the family at this time of sorrow. We pray that the family will find strength, peace, and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Arleen & Buddy Stringer - NY - Family Friend   March 19, 2018

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