Bernard William Bostick, a resident of Holyoke, MA and formerly of Yonkers, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2019 at the age of 92. Bernard was always called "Bernie" by his friends and was born in 1926 in Hatfield, Massachusetts. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Bernie was stationed in Okinawa, where he operated the generator for the unit hospital and had guard duty. He was an only child and grew up in New York when his family moved there. After returning from war, Bernie went to Manhattan College, receiving a degree in Structural Engineering. He married his first wife Carol in 1950 and had two children, Cory and Jackie. After Carol’s passing, Bernie then remarried, Linda. He will be laid to rest next to his first wife, Carol. Bernie had many good jobs working as a Project Engineer, building hospitals and skyscrapers. He was very proud of his work on these projects and would talk about them often. Some of his projects included White Plains Hospital, the McGraw-Hill building in New York City and the Stamford Mall project in Connecticut, where he and Cory both worked. One of Bernie’s most memorable projects was building a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. He had many colorful stories about the people there and how much he enjoyed them. Bernie had many interests as well. He liked boats, dogs, music, was an inventor and after he retired he became a prolific poet. Bernie was very proud of his son, Cory and was very involved in his life. Even after he retired from construction, he stayed in Connecticut to help with Cory's auto parts business and to be close to his grandchildren. Bernie finally retired to Massachusetts to his family farm and in his later years he became very good friends with Bob Alberti and Bob’s fiancée Ilona. Bernie treated Bob like a second son and loved it when Bob and Cory came to visit him. The family would like to give special thanks to The Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts for the fantastic care they gave Bernie in the last few years of his life. Bernie was a colorful character and lived a long and full life. He will be missed by us all. Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 24th 10:45 AM at St. John the Baptist Church, 670 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 with interment to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 50 Jackson Avenue, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706. The family will be present on Wednesday, April 24th from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. - 732 Yonkers Avenue - Yonkers, NY 10704 (914) 375-1400.
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