David Uriah Bernard, J.P.
(1927 - 2009)

David Uriah Bernard J.P.

February 18, 1927

January 13, 2009

Working with youth, Music, Singing and Serving God.
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Eulogy of David U. Bernard
1927 - 2009

David Uriah Bernard was born to Joseph and Margret Bernard on February 18th, 1927 in Plaisance Village, ECD. He was the last of four children produced by this union. His siblings were Rev. Fredrick (Uncle Freddy), former Pastor of Church of God Plaisance [this Church]; James (Milton) and Lucille Blake;deceased all.

David was a very energetic and active child who enjoyed all of the traditional activities that little boys engaged in at the time. At his childhood home on Better Hope line top he had lots of yard space to enjoy cricket, football and other sports. As he was the youngest of the children, he enjoyed the status of being his mother’s favorite, and as his sister Lucille Blake recalls he was affectionately known to his mother as Master D. Little did she know he would truly master anything that he set his mind to.

At the tender age of 9 he was assigned the duties of ringing the bell and sweeping the floor in this very church; duties which he cherished and took great pride in.

He attended (the then) Plaisance Methodist School, and at the age of fourteen he graduated from that institution.

After successfully completing his School Leaving Examination, David joined the Guyana Postal Service in Mahaicony with his uncle Clever and, as was his nature, he fully dedicated himself to his work, and ended up spending most of his working life with that organization. During his time at the Post Office, David was promoted to Post Master serving at Leguan, Bartica and Linden.

By the time he retired from the postal service in 1982 he had attained the rank of Regional Postal Controller for Essequibo County. David was not one to retire to a rocking chair, so after leaving the Post Office he became self-employed as a Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits, maintaining an office in Georgetown until he took ill in June of 2008.

In 1952 David married Lucille Bazil. That union was blessed with six children. He loved his family and raised his children to be God-fearing and respectful to others. Education was very important to him and although he was the sole bread winner, he made sure that his children’s school fees were paid on time, all of their books were purchased and that they had enough money to purchase their contracts to ride the train. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his children as well as those of his numerous nieces and nephews.

In 1996 David married Mavis Kellman and continued to live in Plaisance until the time of his passing.

As an adult, David enjoyed collecting coins, collecting stamps and practiced the art of calligraphy; he was very proud of his penmanship. David was also a trail blazer and a pioneer. In the late 50s, when faced with the challenge of riding his Raleigh bicycle to work from Plaisance to Georgetown each day, he decided he could make his ride easier. So he teamed up with the late Bro Neblett and attached a Power Pac engine to the back wheel of his bicycle. This enabled him to ride to Georgetown with minimal peddling. He had just created a hybrid cycle and was the envy of all cyclists as he flew pass them on the East Coast public road.

Church of God served as the foundation for the spiritual guidance which David provided to his family. He insisted on having morning devotion at home at 5:00 AM every Sunday morning and even when (as teenagers) we began attending parties and social events, he made it very clear that regardless of the time we came home on Saturday night, you were expected to be up and ready to contribute to morning devotion in a meaningful way.

David knew how to get his message across when mentoring his children. Although he did not spare the rod, his words were just as effective. On one occasion my older brother Cleveland broke a Christmas tree decoration despite the fact that he was repeatedly warned not to play with it. He immediately knew that he was in trouble so in order to plead his case he asked dad in a very terrified voice “Daddy how much lash ya gon gi mi” to which dad responded in that unmistakably stern voice “40” trying to lessen the impending punishment my brother, with tears in his eyes said “Ow daddy, whole 40”. Daddy knew that he had gotten his message across to all of us and we knew that he would not accept disobedience. Needless to say, the 40 lashes were not administered or necessary.

David was a very active member of Church of God. He held several positions in the church including Youth Director, Youth Counselor, Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, and Prayer Group Leader. After 1997 he held the positions of Chairman of the Finance Committee, Church Historian and was also a member of the Executive Committee.

He is survived by his current wife Mavis, former wife Lucille, children Barbara, Cleveland, Lennox, Bertley, Carlene, Richard, and Andrew; Sister Lucille Blake, Stepchildren Loraine Hendricks, Godfrey Kellman and Marcia Smith; grand children, Cleve, Carlos, Cleveden, Andrea, Sheldon, Clayton, Richard Jr, Deion, Jessica and many others; Step-Grandchildren Denise and other; 32 Great-Grand children, Nieces and Nephews Desiree Blake, Penelope Ford, Dr. Ruth Quacho, and several others; First Cousin Justice Desiree Patricia Bernard, George Rutherford and others, the Jerricks, Dumbars, Douglas, Londons and Sams; Brother-in-Laws George Blake, Oscar, Neville and Clarence Bazil Sister-in-laws Elaine Bernard and Herma Demers.

David publicly accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age and we can all rest assure that he has obtained the promise of eternal life not by his works, but by the grace of God Almighty.

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We love and miss you. Continue to rest in peace.
Cleveland Bernard (Son)
January 13th, 2019
David and I worked together in the Post Office during the late 50s and 60s, he was the most exceptional, honest and kind human being I've ever associated with, I can still see him in my mind. All the very best to all his family,RIP--Your buddy Victor Validum.
Victor Validum (workmate and friend.)
February 7th, 2015
Bro. Bernard was my Youth Counsellor,Plaisance Church of God in Guyana.SA.1960-1966..He was a great teacher and a dependable resource person. May God bless his family.
Esther Martin-Tyndall
January 14th, 2015
You may be gone but not forgotten, you are seen in every smile and the tilt of every head RIP daddy
Sylvia Bernard (daughter-in-law)
January 13th, 2015
R.I.P granddaddy....
Your family truly miss you!
January 13th, 2015
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"Ten years without you has been a long time. We love and miss you. Continue to RIP."
Cleveland Bernard
January 13th, 2019
"Great great grandpa rest forever in eternal peace and paradise"
Chris & Donavan Mayers
January 14th, 2015
"Dad we love and miss you. Continue to rest in peace."
Cleveland Bernard
January 13th, 2015
"5 years and still missed dearly. Yet still close to me. Love you dad (DU, PM)"
Cleveland Bernard
January 10th, 2014
"Daddy it has been four years and and I miss you so much. You are my father first then my friend, I knew no matter what I can count on you for support. I love you so much, may your soul rest in peace."
Bertley Bernard
January 13th, 2013
"Remembering my dad on this important day"
Cleveland R Bernard
January 13th, 2013
"This is the third anniversary of my dad's passing. It still seems so fresh. Rest in peace dad."
Cleveland Bernard
January 13th, 2012
"Spent yesterday quietly reflecting on the times spent with my father. It would have been his 84th Birthday. R.I.P dear dad."
Cleveland Bernard
February 19th, 2011
"You are gone but not forgotten. We will meet again at Jesus feet."
The Lawrence's Family
January 30th, 2011
"We miss you, we love you and of course we miss your jokes. We talk about you all the time. Peaceful sleep."
Philbert & Gwyneth Blake
January 21st, 2011


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