Phillip A. Bernin

Born January 19, 1945 in Casper, Wyoming
Departed December 29, 2023 in West Melbourne, Florida

In loving memory of Phillip A. Bernin, born in Casper, Wyoming on January 19, 1945. After a life filled with dedication and love, Phill passed away after a brave battle with cancer on December 29, 2023.

His parents, Carole D. Bernin and Robert H. Bernin, preceded him in death. Phill is survived by his loving family, wife Karen G. Bernin of West Melbourne, Florida; his children Phillip A. (Sandi) Bernin, Jr., Michael C. Bernin, Michelle J. (Curtis) Rose, Lisa L. Livesay, Barbra A. (Pete) Muller, and Amber N. Bernin. He was not only a loving father to his children, but also a grandfather to 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, with whom he found immense joy in their presence when visiting.

Phill was a devoted husband and father, serving in the United States Air Force for 26 years with unwavering commitment. Growing up, Phill spent most of his youth on his grandfather’s family farm in Nebraska, where he learned early-on about hard work and dedication. Phill joined the Air Force when he was just 17 years old, served during Vietnam and specialized as a technician in multiple areas. In his second career, following retirement from the Air Force, Phill was the Director of Quality & Assurance of a telecommunication company.

Phill was a passionate reader and a lifelong learner, holding a double Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Environmental Science from Rollins College of Winter Park, Florida. His intellectual curiosity and love for these subjects always offered him the ability to share and connect with people. During his last few years of retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, including their Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, Abigail, Leroy, and Kefir.

Author Isaac Asimov, one of Phill’s favorite writers, said, “The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.” Which perfectly embodies Phill’s genuine curiosity, open heart and inquisitive mind.

His legacy will live on through the fond memories and the knowledge he shared with his family and friends. Phill will be deeply missed but forever remembered.

A private family memorial service at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery will be held the morning of Friday, January 19, 2024. A celebration of life reception will follow from 12:00pm – 3:00pm at 1296 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935. Phill’s family would be honored for friends and family to join in celebrating and remembering Phill. Light refreshments will be served. There is public parking at the intersection of Montreal Avenue and Highland Avenue. No RSVP is required, please contact Barbra Muller with any questions.

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