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“Dear Benard Family, I wish to express my deepest sympathies on the loss of Ernie. Ernie and Shirley, were by far the definiton of Kind, compassionate...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: David Retalic - Framingham, MA

“Gary and Sue, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry to hear about your father (and your Mom a year ago.) They were such a fun couple. I...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Cathy DiLorenzo - Phoenix, NY

“To the Bernard family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Earnie was a true gentleman and I have many fond memories of Earnie and Shirley....Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Ronny Alley - Melrose, MA

“After attending Ernie's wake last night, I went to home to bed - and dreamed...that I was still at the wake, listening to and telling stories. Here...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Michael Trickett - Malden, MA

“My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Bernard family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Gary Burris - West Springfield, MA

“To the Benard family, My father Kenny Lamb Sr. has asked me to send on his behalf his deepest sympathies to Earnie's family and friends. He regrets...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Kenneth L. Lamb Sr. - Melrose, MA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Benard family... ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: johnny hann - millis, MA

“I have lots of great memories of Uncle Ernie and Aunt Shirley. There are no finer people then, his mother, father, brothers and sister, and all their...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Ward - Andover, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the Benard family. We remember Ernie and Shirley's nightly strolls down Dartmouth Ave., our neighborly chats while leaning on...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: David and Diane Gillis - Scituate, MA

“I want to send my deepest sympathies to the Benard family. Both Ernie and Shirley were such good, good friends to my parents, Sam and Carol Adams....Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Marcia Adams O'Neil

“Thank you to all of you for sharing Ernie with us at Island Terrace. Although there were times that Ernie gave us a run for our money, he truly was a...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: stasia finney - lakeville, MA

“I have really great memories of Uncle Ernie he would stop by my house in Melrose about every night I would jump onto his lap and we would have some...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Julie Benard/Trickett - Malden, MA


Mr. Ernest L. Benard, of Lakeville, a former longtime resident of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Island Terrace in Lakeville, Massachusetts. He was 85 years old. He was born in Malden on January 30, 1924, a son of the late Frank F. and Rose E. (White) Benard. He was a graduate of Melrose High School where he lettered in football and received numerous awards. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. A devoted husband and father, he was very involved in the Melrose community, as a member of Trinity Church and a member of the Fidelity Masonic Lodge AF&AM. He raised his family in Melrose before moving to Falmouth, MA in 1981, where he and his late wife, Shirley, operated The Moorings Lodge, a bed and breakfast, for 25 years. He was a member of the bricklayers union for over 50 years. Previously, Mr. Benard was an operating officer of A. Belanger & Sons Construction Co. Ernie was the beloved husband of the late Shirley L. (McRae) Benard with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Shirley died May 9, 2008. He was the loving father of Richard and his wife Cynthia of Lakeville, Gary and his wife Susan of Melrose, Michael and his wife Donna of East Hampton, CT, Gerry Carney and his wife Kathy of Pocasset and the late Jeffrey Benard. He was the dear brother of June (Benard) Maserian of Alton, NH, Robert Benard of Burlington, and the late Edward Benard. He was the cherished grandfather of Matthew, Kate, Elspeth, Daniel, Ernie, Andrew, Chelsea, Gerry, Kerri and Shannon.

Funeral Service at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose, on Wednesday, June 24 at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 – 8 PM. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Gifts in Ernie’s memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr., Natick, MA 01760 or at the website: www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.