Obituary of Bruce E. Bernardis |

Obituary of Bruce E. Bernardis

Bruce Bernardis.
Submitted to The Union |

Bruce E. Bernardis passed away at his home on Sept. 1, 2015. He was 54.

There will be a celebration of life at 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Grass Valley Veterans Bldg. 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley.

Bruce was a native of Nevada County. In his younger years, he followed his late father, Paul Bernardis, footsteps couching G.V. Little League. He raced BMX bicycles and Motocross. After high school, he worked for Grass Valley Fire Dept. He lived at the Banner Mountain Lookout for the summer. He attended almost every Sprint car race before getting married in 1991. He spent his last 32 years dedicated working for GV Disposal and Waste Management. He was well known throughout the community. He played “Santa” for the last 20 years. He was Santa for Springhill Convalescent for the past three years. He wore the “Smokey the Bear” costume, and made a lot of new friends. He would give special Hot Wheels gifts to children on his route. There was not a time he said “No” to help others, always lending a hand. His smile would build a mile of friends. He loved racing, building models, the Packers and Jeff Gordon.

He is survived by wife Gina Bernardis; son Brett Lewis; mother Marilyn Bernardis; sisters, Loralee Rector, Pamela (Jim) Robson and Janet Pellieter; uncle and family John (Pamela) Bernardis, John Bernardis Jr., John Bernardis 111, Sandy Bernardis George, Brian Bernardis, Mike (Hedi) Bernardis; nephew and family Greg Pellieter, Lexy and Deaven; niece and family Marcy R. Stroble (Michael) Jason, Brian, Khrystin, Kaydance; plus all of his friends who dearly loved him.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Ethel; father Paul Bernardis; Phillip Bernardis; Warren and Barbara Bernardis.

He will be sorely missed.

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