Bernard M McGarrigle

(May 23, 1920 to Dec 8, 2010)

Bernie knew that no one would question your integrity if your integrity is unquestionable. When it came to right and wrong, there was no grey area. He understood that you help yourself by helping others, there was never a right way to do the wrong thing and that your reputation simply mirrored the value one placed on these high ideals. He passed these principles on to his family, many times by example: he was the former president of the Holy Name Society, an Usher at St. Peter’s for over 40 years, former president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, active in the CYO, former Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 25 and was a longstanding member of the choir. Blessed with natural charisma he was fast to strike up a conversation and was often called upon to MC events that helped raise funds for the church or served the community. But even with such accomplishments, he was never one to brag, and was always a gentleman.rnBernie is a veteran of the US Army and served with distinction in Africa, Italy, France, England, and Germany during WWII. Following the war, he joined the choir at St. Peter’s church where he met the love of his life, a beautiful young woman named Pauline Mosteller. It was not long until they began their 64 year marriage. Together they were blessed by their children: Bernard (Karen) of Minnesota, Geoffrey (Rita) of Virginia, Kevin (Suzie) of Delaware, Shaun (Michele) of Pennsauken and Tammy Fey (Keith) of Pennsauken, and again by their 18 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.rnCome celebrate Bernard’s 90 wonderful years (May 23, 1920-Dec. 8, 2010) Sunday from 6-8 PM and Monday from 9-10 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 AM at Jesus the Good Sheppard Church, Riverside. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 101 Middleton St. Riverside, NJ 08075.rn

5 thoughts on “Bernard M McGarrigle

  1. Sharon Wigmore Marx

    Mr. McGarrigle was truly a very special man! Mr. McGarrigle, Mrs. McGarrigle, Bernie, Geoff, Kevin, Shaun, and Tammy (of course) were such a big part of my childhood. I spent as much time at their home as my own. Thank you all for sharing him – he really made a HUGE IMPACT on me.

  2. Jim Kirk

    Dear Sis,n No one let me know about Bernie’s passing. I guess, since I no longer drive, they figured I would not be able to get to Riverside. Believe me, had I known, I would have found a way. I am so sorry to hear the news, belated as it is. I really liked Bernie, and, ever since I first met him when I sang with the choir in high school, I appreciated his sense of humor and, more importantly, his sense of propriety. He was a good man. I knew this because my dad always spoke highly of him. That went for you too. Please accept my condolences and apologies for not being there in person to express them. Take care.nnWith love,nnJim Kirk

  3. Tamsen Fey

    My Father was a wonderful man a gentleman which is a rare quality in the world we live in. I miss his laughter and companionship, we were always there for each other there is not a day gone by that I haven’t missed him. He was the best role model for anyone to look up to. I am so Blessed to have had such a wonderful father. My mother will be sharing Christmas with him this year I know they missed each other terribly. Rest in peace mom and dad and be happy!

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