July 1, 1932 — March 19, 2018
QUEENSBURY — Bernard E. ‘Bernie’ Charlebois, 85, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Glens Falls Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born on July 1, 1932 in St. Madeleine, Quebec, Canada. He was the son of Ephraim and Florence (Lemery) Charlebois. He moved to Glens Falls in 1947 from Plantagenet, Ontario, Canada.
Bernie graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1950 and Bentley School of Accounting in Boston, Massachusetts in 1959. He was a member of Kapa Pi Alpha.
On Aug. 23, 1958, he married Marianne (Sullivan) O’Brien in St. Michael’s Church in South Glens Falls.
Upon graduation from Bentley in 1959, he returned to Glens Falls and joined the public accounting firm Ball, George and Co., CPA’s. In 1990, he retired from the successor firm of Edwards, Williams, McManus, Ricciardelli and Coffey, CPA’s.
He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Bernie served on the City of Glens Falls Planning Board. He was a Democratic Committeeman in Glens Falls, and more recently, was an Election Inspector in Queensbury. He served on the Board of Directors and was the Treasurer of Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, he was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award.
He was a past member of the Glens Falls National Bank Regional Development Board. For many years, he was active in fundraising for the American Red Cross and the Tri-County United Way, where he served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Bernie enjoyed boating and camping with his family for many years on Lake George. He also enjoyed gardening, wood working, fishing and especially, scuba diving for 23 years in Marathon in the Florida Keys. He also enjoyed NASCAR races at Loudon, New Hampshire and at age 80, his son, Joe, treated him to a ride in a racecar at Loudon.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, John; and his sisters, Margo and Laurette.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of nearly 60 years, Marianne; his daughter, Mary Merulla (Jack); his sons, Joseph Charlebois (Christine) and Robert Charlebois (Buckley); his grandchildren, Ephraim Charlebois (Sarah) and Anna Claire Charlebois; his sister, Betty Bromley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls.
Funeral Mass will be conducted following calling hours at church.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bernie’s memory can be made to the Open Door, P.O. Box 3306, Glens Falls, NY 12801; or to North Country Ministry, 3933 Main St., Warrensburg, NY 12885.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff on the second, fifth and sixth floor at Glens Falls Hospital for their compassion and care.
Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803. To view Bernie’s Book of Memories and to post online condolences, please visit www.kilmerfuneralhome.com.