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Bernard H. McFarlane

March 15, 1934 July 3, 2016
Bernard H. McFarlane
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Obituary for Bernard H. McFarlane

Bernard McFarlane, a resident of Grand Blanc, former resident of Aus Gres, and native of Milford, Michigan died at home on July 3, 2016 in the care of his family. He was 82 years old.

Born in the family home on Washington Street in Milford, on March 15, 1934, the son of Oscar and Mathilda Gaffka McFarlane, Bernie grew up in Milford and was a graduate of Milford High School. Following high school he worked at the gas station in town before beginning his career with the General Motors Proving Ground. He always enjoyed cars and working on cars to effect the greatest speed he could. Early in his career he worked the track at night at the Grounds and went on to become a head of the transmission department there. After over thirty-four years at the Milford Proving Ground he retired in 1989.

Throughout his life, the out-of-doors, fishing, deer hunting and hunting seasons were his passion. He hunted with his family in Hartland for over thirty years and taught them how to fish on Lake Sherwood, Honeywell, and Pettibone Lake. He was a talented marksman, and “One Bullet Bernie”, as he was affectionately known, never needed a second shot to kill his deer.

To his daughter, he was a dedicated father and a pillar of strength. He admirably dealt with alcoholism, back surgeries, a spinal stroke that took his mobility eight years ago, and never complained about any of it. He loved life, and enjoyed his final months where he wanted to be-with his daughter, son-in-law, and his ‘favorite’ grandson, Michael Bernard Smith.

In addition to Terese, Mike, and Michael, he leaves sisters, Frances (Howard) Rabideau and Florence (the late Fred) VanGordon; his brother, Jerry (Janet) McFarlane and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Mathilda Gaffka McFarlane, brothers, John (Thelma), Larry, and Donald McFarlane and Terese’s mother, Joan McFarlane.


A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford, on Friday, July 8, at 11:30AM. Friends may gather from 10:30AM until the time of Mass. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For further information please contact Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Milford, 248-684-6645.

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8

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10:30 AM 7/8/2016 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 7/8/2016 11:30:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

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Friday

8

Jul

11:30 AM 7/8/2016 11:30:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States
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