Joseph P. Bernat, Jr., 76, of Myrtle Beach, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving wife, Linda and faithful friends, Rita and Randy Scott. He was born October 27, 1940 in Stafford Springs, CT, son of the late Joseph P. Bernat, Sr. and Adelia Bernat.
He was a graduate of Stafford Springs High School and Boston University. He later worked for Hartford Trust in Hartford, CT before moving to South Carolina in the early 1990’s. Joe had a passion for golf and even qualified for the US Open in Pinehurst, NC. He spent the last 25 years as a golf instructor for his own business, Joe Bernat Golf Academy.
Survivors include his loving wife of 14 years, Linda Bernat, a son Joe and wife Christy, a daughter Heidi and husband David, grandchildren, Phoenix, Star and Sorlieu, step-children, Caroline Mills and husband Mike, Tim Bailey and wife Kym, step-grandchildren, Bailey Gonzales and husband Joe, Taylor, Colin and Callie Mills.
Joseph also leaves behind his loyal pets Rocco and Herman.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Hwy Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org.
Condolences can be made at www.burroughsfh.com.
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.
Celebration of Life
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Sunday March 19th, 2017
3558 Old Kings Highway
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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Our sympathies to Linda Bernat & all the family.
Submitted by Butch & Benky on Mar 19 2017 02:28:00 PM
My sympathies to Mrs. Bernat, my sweet friend Caroline Mills, and all of Joe's family and friends. May he rest in the arms of Jesus.
Submitted by Judy Norris on Mar 16 2017 10:34:38 AM
Joe you will be missed. You were a inspiration to many. You were my friend & my mentor. I truly believe I am a better person because of you.
Thank you Linda for being his best friend.
Submitted by Randy Oaks on Mar 14 2017 11:07:23 AM
Joe was a pro's pro. We shared many great moments and experiences as he found his true way in life. He was part of the team at Colonial Charters along with Hamp, Clyde, & Jack. We were there to witness his play in the U.S. Senior Open at Pinehurst #2 and drove all night to cheer him on at the Champions Tour event in Boston. He also won his share of cash on the Sunbelt Tour. Joe was a true champion and we will miss him greatly.
Submitted by Don & Yvonne Barnes on Mar 12 2017 11:03:32 AM
We feel blessed to have known and loved your sweet Joe! He was one of a kind! We will miss our beach grandpa at Pirateland! We love you and are here for you always! May God continue to bless you during this very difficult time!
Much love, Kim
Submitted by Doug, Kim and Addie King on Mar 9 2017 09:47:25 PM
Dear Linda, We are praying for you and all of your family. All of us at Pirateland will miss Joe. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Submitted by Phil & Rosemary Burns on Mar 9 2017 09:30:23 PM
Dear Linda: sending all my prayers, love & support to you & your family during this most difficult time! I feel so blessed to have met Joe many years ago and enjoyed so many great social occasions with you both! He was so willing to help anyone who needed it and always had a great smile! Enjoyed listening to many of his great stories as we sat on the beach where he loved his surf fishing so much! He will be missed by many many of his beach friends. Love Lynn🇨🇦❤
Submitted by Lynn McKnight🇨🇦 on Mar 9 2017 08:31:24 PM
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Lynn Mcknight lit a candle on Mar 9 2017 08:29:18 PM
Linda, I am sorry and my heart hurts for you. Joe was a good man and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Submitted by Marianna Smith on Mar 9 2017 08:21:21 PM
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