Bernard Louis Bush

Born: Fri., Jul. 25, 1941
Died: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Wed., Dec. 11, 2019
Location: St. Stephen's Catholic Church

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CROGHAN, NY ~ Bernard L. Bush, 78, of William St., Croghan, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 7, 2019, after being stricken in the woods and was pronounced at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville where he was taken by ambulance.

Bernie was born on July 25, 1941 in Syracuse, NY, a son of Milton and Pauline (Schwendy) Bush. He was a 1959 graduate of Beaver River Central School.

He entered the US Army following high school and served in active duty for six months transferring to Army Reserves at Pine Camp (now Fort Drum) for 4 years before being honorably discharged.

He married Eleanor M. Campany on September 7, 1963 in St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan.

Bernie began his working career at AMF in Lowville where he worked for 17 years. He then owned and operated the Village Tavern in Croghan for a time and then went to work at Climax Manufacturing for 3 years. During the 1980’s, he owned and operated Bush’s Quick Stop in Croghan for 10 years before going to work at the Oneida-Lewis County chapter of ARC in Lowville as a supervisor, where he tremendously took pleasure in creating, setting up and monitoring wood-working crafts and projects for the clients. He retired from ARC in 2004.

He was a member of the Mason Jar Hunting Club, and a former long-time member of the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department.

Throughout his life, he was an ardent hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed golfing especially at Brantingham. He excelled at many things including his barbecuing talents and his exceptional wood-working skills. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and just “doing stuff” with his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his loving wife, Eleanor, of 56 years, are his three children and their spouses, Rick L. and Renita Bush, of Albany, NY, Terri A. and Jeff McVoy, of Croghan, and Michael S. and Lisa Bush, of Castorland; seven grandchildren, Garrett, Hannah and Emmitt Bush, Olivia and Brett McVoy, and Justin and Jordan Bush; his brother, Francis Bush, of Denmark, NY; his sister, Eleanor Kirch, of Watertown, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Louise Hooley.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bernie will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred, Pastor, officiating. Spring burial with military honors will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Croghan. All are invited to attend a funeral luncheon at St. Stephen’s following his funeral Mass.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan.

Memorial contributions may be made to ARC Oneida-Lewis Chapter, 7688 Forrest Ave., Lowville, NY 13367.

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The Hlad Family
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

Barbara Juby Hoch
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family. Bernie was always full of life and had a kind word for everyone. Prayers for the family.

Carla Roes
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
We are so sorry! You will all be in our prayers as your life takes this major turn. May God give you His comfort and peace. Sent with love.

Vin and Nancy Edick
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
We extend our sympathy to all the family. Cherish all those mrmories you have. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.

Jane Martin
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
Eleanor, Terri, Jeff and rest of family,
I am so, so sorry to hear of Bernie's passing! I remember so well taking donuts into Bush's Quick Stop in the 1980's - that's where I learned to know your family. You were one of my first customers and are still with me yet. My prayers and love go out to you. May God's love and peace surround you at this time.

linda walseman
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
with sympathy from linda walseman

Ken and Berneda Zehr
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss. We will miss him up here on
the Effley Road. Blessings to Eleanor and the family.

Pat Parker
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lenna Purcell Schack
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
Eleanor and family, I wanted to express my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of you. Bernie was such a pleasant guy, always had a smile. Now, his smile radiates the heavens as he receives all the joys we can only imagine. Love and prayers coming your way, from many, many people.

Doug & Ann Wolff
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
To the Bush family so sorry for your loss of husband and father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Robin A Seelman
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
so sorry for your loss Bernard was a wonderful neighbor for many years sending prayers and warm hugs to the Family May God bless you all with peace and comfort through this difficult time

Mark Stuto
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
Rick and family,

So very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My sincere condolences to you and your family. God Bless.

David M Roy
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
Rick and Family,

So sorry for the loss of your dad. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May you dad rest in peace.

Jennifer Chamberlain
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
My heart goes out to you and your family, Terri. Much love, Jenny

Janice Crofoot
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
Eleanor & family -

Sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. Many fond memories of him as a classmate with the Class of 1959. May precious memories of happy times bring smiles through the sadness. Praying for strength as you begin a "new normal".

Hugs, Janice

Chris Kovacs
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
Sorry Bernie, I enjoyed stopping at your Sunuco station for the high test ”260” gas. We used to chat. I enjoyed our visits.


Frank Gambacorta and family
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
To Rick and your family from our family. Would like to wish a safe journey to your dad. May your family find peace. He will always be with you and watch over you because that’s what fathers do. Our prays are with you, your father, and family, God bless

Randy and Ellen Lyndaker
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss,may he Rest In Peace.

Tom Yontz
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
Rick and Renita,
Bernard sounds as if he was quite a guy.
He certainly raised a solid son is all I can say.
My sincere sympathy to both of you and your children.
Take care,

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