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Peter Smith Bernier

April 4, 1943 ~ February 28, 2018 (age 74)


1943 - 2018

SOUTH HADLEY- Peter Smith Bernier, 74, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Peter was born in Holyoke on April 4, 1943 the son of the late Dr. Leo J. Bernier and Marcelle (Smith) Bernier. He was educated locally and furthered his education at Georgetown Preparatory School, Syracuse University and received his Masters from Boston College in Marketing. Peter also served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked for various manufacturing companies throughout New England as a sales representative, primarily in college sports apparel retiring in 2000. Peter enjoyed watching college sports, boating, spending time at Newfound Lake, NH and loved his dogs, Ginger and Taffy. He was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and in addition to his parents he was predeceased by his daughter in law, Amanda M. Bernier in 2016.Peter is survived by his wife Denise Bernier; his son, Christopher Bernier and his granddaughter, Arabella Grace Bernier all of Madison, CT. He is also survived by his extended family including his two brothers in law, his sister in law and their spouses and families. Peter will be remembered fondly by several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visiting hours are Tuesday March 6, 2018 from 10AM-11AM at Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 and will be followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:30AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 30 Main Street, South Hadley, MA 01075. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, South Hadley. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s name can be made to your local ASPCA or the Newfound Lake Region Association, 10 North Main Street, Unit 1, Bristol, NH, 03222. Please visit for a complete obituary and more details.

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