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In Memory of

Bernard F. Jimenez

July 26, 1929 - November 24, 2016

Obituary


Born in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, Philippines, Bernie was raised in Manila after third grade.

He attended Arellano High School, Manila, where he was a Boy Scout of the Philippines and was a member and drummer of the bugle and drum corps. In college, he obtained an AA in Nautical Science of the Philippine Maritime Institute.

In 1953 he was picked up for the US Navy and was assigned hospital corpsman. Bernie was stationed on various ships without a doctor such as USS Floyd County, USS Alamo and USS Cavalier. Stations include Camp...

Born in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, Philippines, Bernie was raised in Manila after third grade.

He attended Arellano High School, Manila, where he was a Boy Scout of the Philippines and was a member and drummer of the bugle and drum corps. In college, he obtained an AA in Nautical Science of the Philippine Maritime Institute.

In 1953 he was picked up for the US Navy and was assigned hospital corpsman. Bernie was stationed on various ships without a doctor such as USS Floyd County, USS Alamo and USS Cavalier. Stations include Camp Lejeune,North Carolina, NTC and MCRD San Diego, and Sangley Point, Philippines. He specialized in independent duty and retired as chief hospital corpsman in 1976.

Following retirement, Bernie focused on his passion for farming, owning more than an acre of land in Vista, CA and raising various kinds of fruit trees. He also raised exotic pigeons and enjoyed watching them circle his house. Bernie loved to sing and entertain. He proudly told stories of his time in the Philippines and the US Navy. His door was always open. People learned that they could just show up and he'd let them in. He made sure everyone was fed and felt bad if there wasn't enough food for people to take home.

Bernie served as the President of the Dagupan City Club of San Diego and Lingayen Party. He received recognition from former Mayor of Vista, Gloria McClellan and Mayor Pro Tem Bob Foo.

Bernie's last days on this earth were filled with numerous nieces, nephews and friends calling and visiting. Music was played, jokes were told, food was served.
Bernie passed away at home on Thanksgiving Day surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends.



Bernie is preceded by his parents Frotouso and Froctousa. He was the third of seven siblings, one brother and five sisters, and the last of his generation. He is survived by his wife, Ludy, their children and families Ron ( Joyce), Lorraine (Lee),and Amanda (Simon),and four grandchildren, Nikki, Lauryn, Steven and Jarrid. He also helped raise his godson Ramel when he became an orphan teenager.

Services will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Saint Francis Church Vista, with interment immediately following at Eternal Hills Oceanside.