Paul  Berard
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Lewy Body Dementia
    912 Killian Hill Rd. S.W.
    Lilburn, GA 30047
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • SUNY Cobleskill Foundation
    Knapp Hall Room 211
    Cobleskill, NY 12043

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“Paul, the memory of all the good times we shared have never, and will never be forgotten. Even the bad times, like when we had to walk all the way...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Robert Zambs - Fairhope, AL

“To Paul'd family, my sincere condolences to all of you for your loss of Paul. I apologize for being late with this, but being at scout camp for most...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Don Weiss - Margaretville, NY

“Fond, fond memories...Uncle Paul had expectations: "Be Good and Do Good!" When I didn't quite hit the mark he would encourage me with certain words...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Susan B.Helme

“Paul served with distinction as a member of the SUNY Cobleskill College Council. He was committed to the support of higher education and will be...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Anne Rogan - Cobleskill, NY

“Harriet, I was very sad to read of Paul's passing. I hope all the good times and memories help to heal the loss you feel now. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Beckie Guernsey Lacroix

“Dear Harriet, Denise, Danny, and family, I want to send my thoughts and prayers to you at this time. I am also adding my parents in with mine. ...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Melanie S Mattison - NY

“Dear Harriet and family, I regret that I will be out of town on the date of Paul's celebration. I will however, hold all of you in my prayers as...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Pam Mikel Hayes

“Dear Berard Family, I am terribly saddened to learn of Paul's passing. He was such an amazing man and friend. I will never forget him. ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Pat Larkin - Sharon Springs, NY

“Family and friends, There isn't enough space for me to express my feelings of my "Fearless Uncle". It would take volumes to fill The many fond...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Jerry A. Berard - San Leon, TX

“I am so saddened. He was the uncle I knew the best and saw the most. We were 6 years apart in age, I the younger. Back in the 1940's, I told him...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Paula Fonda - Houston, TX - neice

“I would at this precious time, like to give my condolances to you, Harriet and your family. Paul was an exceptional human being to all who knew him....Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: JANICE CATHERINE (ALESSI) LAWYER - NY

“My "fearless" Uncle Paul! Miss you already! Last of a generation of Berards that taught this only child the true meaning of family! Plus I...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Alan Wright & Mindy Griffith - VA

“this man will be missed by everbody who new him.. ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: sven fagergren - schoharie, NY

“Dan, Harriet...thoughts, prayers and strength i send to you and the family. a true gentleman...my mother spoke so highly of him from being in school...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Tia Proper Coleman - FL

“So many good memories of a fine gentleman and good sport...our thoughts and pryers are with you all as you go through this time together. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Linda and Kirt Feuz - Esperance, NY

“I was so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I knew Paul most of my life. He will be dearly missed. I always appreciated all he did for our class...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Lou harris - San Pedro, CA

“Dear Harriet and family I was so saddened to hear of Paul's passing I knew Paul almost all my life and he was a good friend. He always did so much...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Lou Harris - San Pedro, CA

“Dear Harriet and family, A sad time for all of you. Paul was a true gentleman! He was admired, loved and respected by many. You and your...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Dawn Wright - Cobleskill - Friend

“I worked with Paul for several years at the hospital, he always had a smile for everyone. He will be missed by many. Cherish the memories as I am...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Beverly Petteys Jock - NY

“WILL MISS PAUL VERY MUCH,I GREW UP WITH HIM AND HE WAS THE BEST MAN AT VERA;S AND MY WEDDING.WE WOULD ALWAYS STOPPED AND VISIT WITH HIM AND HARRIET...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: GEORGE AND VERA BROWN - FL

“Dear Harriet, Dan, Krim, Monica, and Nick, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lisa and Gordon ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa Cardilli - Sharon Springs, NY

“I've missed you for years and I miss you now. Hug my Dad, all my Aunts & Uncles, Gramma & Grampa for me when you see them. We spent many good times...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy - St. Petersburg, FL

“Uncle Paul - you will truly be missed. I remember just going to all the family gatherings and having so much fun with you, your jokes, and so on. ...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Connie Brumaghim - Richmondville, NY

“Uncle Paul, you will always be my heart. The memories with you I will never forget. When you were in the Army back in 50's you came to our house in...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Jimmy Fonda - Lake Charles, LA


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Warnerville- Paul Berard passed away on July 17, 2013 after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.

He was born on February 25, 1933 in Cobleskill, to Alphonse Joseph (George) Berard and Mary Alice L'Ecuyer. He attended Cobleskill schools, graduating with the Cobleskill Bicentennial Class of 1952. Paul served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. He attended Hartwick College and earned an Associate Degree with a major in Business Administration from SUNY Cobleskill in 1961.

Paul worked for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad as a signal maintainer from 1955 to 1959 and also at the former Cobleskill Community Hospital, first as a laboratory technician and later as Comptroller. He worked as the Schoharie County Director of Weights and Measures, and was active in the New York State Association of Weights and Measures, serving as president.

In his early adult years, he was active in the Jaycees, working on many community projects, and was a former member of the Cobleskill Exchange Club. He was a member of the BPOE 2040 for over 40 years, was active on town and county Republican committees as a committeeman, and served as treasurer of the county GOP Committee. He also worked as Custodian of Elections for Schoharie County from 1959 to 2005.

Paul was an enthusiastic volunteer for many years with the Boy Scouts of America. While serving as District Commissioner of the former Delotscho District, he completed both the master's and doctoral scout leadership program. He completed Wood Badge advanced training for scout leaders, and was awarded the Silver Beaver award for his outstanding service.

He was active in the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association, serving as treasurer and president. He was appointed to the SUNY Cobleskill College Council by Governor Pataki in 1995 and 2002, and was chairman of the Council for over 13 years.

Paul married Harriet Pray of Whitehall, NY on July 14, 1957, who survives him. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Leo, Henry, Amedda, and Arthur Berard, sisters Della Lavallee, Leona Fonda and Alma Wright. He is survived by his daughter, Denise Fissell, and son-in-law Thomas, his son Daniel and daughter-in-law Krimhild, all of Cobleskill. Paul's grandchildren were the light of his life, and he was the beloved Grandpa of Brenner and Kelly Fissell, Monica and Nicholas Berard. Also surviving are two sisters-in law, Helen (Frank) Fuller and Lorraine (Bernon) Chamberlin and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Paul's faithful caregivers, Susan, Christina, Angelo, Jill, Ruth, Linda and Millie for their compassionate care during his illness.

Paul loved his hometown, including his favorite spot on Settles Mountain, and enjoyed driving throughout beautiful Schoharie County in his Jeep. He was an avid birder, and especially enjoyed the bluebirds that nested in his backyard. He rarely missed watching a sunset from his porch or hammock. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and long- time friends.

Paul made a gift to Harvard Brain Bank to aid in Lewy body dementia research.

Paul was a communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Cobleskill, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27 at 11:30 AM. Visitation will be at the church prior to the mass, beginning at 10:00 AM. Private inurnment will be in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery with military honors.

Donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Road. S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047; SUNY Cobleskill Foundation, Knapp Hall Room 211, Lois Goblet, Cobleskill, NY 12043; Boy Scouts of America, Otschodela Council, PO Box 1356, Oneonta, NY 13820 or to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. 795 East Main St., Suite 11, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill and Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh.