Roger F. Bernier

WESTBROOK – Roger F. Bernier, 84, died Thursday August 11, 2022, to eternal life after battling a long-term illness and surrounded by his loving family.

Roger was born in Rumford, the youngest of two sons to Alcide and Yvonne Bernier. Roger was an exceptional three-sport student athlete and excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Stephens High School in 1956 and played baseball collegiately at Providence College graduating in 1960. He continued his studies and earned his master’s in education.

Roger was eternally committed to service, his faith and education. He was a lifelong educator, coach, and mentor. He began his teaching career in Auburn, N.Y. and later returned to Maine where he was a teacher, coach, and administrator for 26 years at Cheverus High School.

Involvement in community was a family value and he enjoyed coaching youth, supporting Catholic education and charities notably at St. Patrick’s church in Portland, and volunteering at the Maine Youth Center. He was an accomplished Boy Scout and a long- standing member of the Knights of Columbus and The Portland Elks.

Roger is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of 59 years; and their five children, AnneMarie Doane (Ed) of Poland, Michael Bernier (Kate) of Newton, Mass., Susan Burgess of Standish, Paul Bernier of Maine, and Janine Bodnar (Robert) of Saco. He will be missed by his 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his older brother, Maurice Bernier (Mildred) of Vero Beach, Fla.

Services will begin at Jones, Rich & Barnes with visiting hours at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Pius X in Portland at 11 a.m. Immediately following will be committal service at Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland.

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