Joseph P. Bernat, Jr.



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

Condolences can be made at

Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.