Bernardo - James Charles, of Bayside, New York, on May 20, 2012 at the age of 48 years. Loving son of Angela (Schillinger) Bernardo, and James T. Bernardo. Cherished brother of Bridget Kenah, Gina Terlecki, Dawn Bernardo, Toni McGowan, Lisa Federico. Dear uncle of Thomas Terlecki; Anthony Spinella; Nicholas Federico, Brittany Kenah, Angela Federico, Kimberly Kenah, Gianna and Brianna McGowan.
Family and friends may visit Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 23rd, 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday May 24, 2012, 9:15am at Notre Dame RC Church, New Hyde Park, NY. Interment to follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, NY.
In Memory of James Charles Bernardo:
I read of a reverend who stood to speak
at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the date
on his tombstone
from the beginning... to the end.
He noted that first came the date of his birth
and spoke of the date with tears
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
that he spent alive on earth, and
now only those who loved him know
what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;
the cars, the house, the cash.
What matters is how we lived and loved
and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard,
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
You could be at "dash mid-range"
If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel, and
be less quick to anger,
show appreciation more
and love the people in our life like
we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
more often wear a smile
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read
with your life's actions to rehash...
would you be pleased with the things they say
about how you spent your dash?