Sherman Bernard Sr.

June 10, 1925May 11, 2012

Sherman Albert Bernard Sr. entered into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 11, 2012. He passed over comfortably in his home while he slept. He was almost 87 years old. He was born on June 10, 1925 in Schevier, Louisiana. He has been a resident of the West Bank for more than 60 years. He was the former State Insurance Commissioner for the state of Louisiana for more than sixteen years. He was an honorably discharged former WWII US Marine Veteran who served in the Pacific theater. Beloved husband of Julia Speranza Bernard (deceased) and the father of six children, Sherman A. Bernard Jr. (Denise), Dale Bernard, Dennis Bernard (deceased),Linda Bernard Zimmerman (Harry), Deanna Bernard and VictorBernard (Scarlet). He is the grandfather of Joshua Nicholson (Liz), Joy Nicholson Bourgeois (Mickey), John (Beau) Blancaneaux, Amy Bernard, Guliette Bernard, Victoria Bernard, Demetri Bernard, Yana Bernard. He is the great grandfather of 13 and the great great grandfather of 1.

Family, friends and acquaintances are invited to join the family members as we pay our final respects and commemorate his life at funeral services held at the Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home at 5101 Westbank Expressway Marrero, La. 70072. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM -9:00 PM on Monday, May 14, 2012 and the same hours on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Close family-friends will have a home gathering with refreshments at the home of Linda & Harry Zimmerman from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM on both May 14th and May 15th (47 Seven Oaks Rd. Marrero, La. –Plantation Estates Subdivision). On Wednesday morning at the Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home there will be a final viewing from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM followed by a Mass Service In the chapel. Following the service Interment will follow at the Garden of Memories (Hall of Eternal Faith).Express condolences at


  • Visitation Monday, May 14, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sherman Bernard Sr.

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Paul Apollonio

May 15, 2012

Sherman Bernard was a really special man and always bigger than life. I loved to brag about my important, charismatic and successful Uncle to anyone who would listen. I can honestly say, I never met anyone quite like him. When I heard of his passing I remembered how much he meant to me, and how much I looked up to him. RIP Uncle Sherman. He was truly one of a kind. - with much respect and Love,

May 14, 2012

Mr. Bernard was always loving and kind to me and my family. He welcomed me into his home and treated me as one of his family. I will miss you Mr. B...
Shelley Blancaneaux Price(Mandeville, LA)


May 14, 2012

Sherman was one of the "Greatest Generations" as he was a WWII veteran. He loved music , people and public service. I was honored to know him as a friend and admirer. God Bless his family.

Guy Sharpless

May 13, 2012

I'm very saddened at the news of Sherman Sr.'s passing. God bless him, his family and friends. Godspeed and my condolences to the Bernard clan.

Guy and Seth Sharpless

Susie Cambre

May 13, 2012

Dale, Sherman and Family :
We were saddened to hear of the passing of your father. I know he had to be proud of each one of his outstanding children & family. Our prayers and thoughts remain with you all. Love , Susie and Lloyd


May 13, 2012

I am so sad at the loss of your dad. I remember his powerful presence and his sense of humor. I know he will be greatly missed.

May 12, 2012

Sherman and his wife Julie were close friends of mine and my late wife Betty.
We both considered them like members of our family and their children like our children. I have been praying for them for years and will continue to cherish their memories. Requiescant in pace - May they rest in peace.

John Browne


Sherman at 4 years old (bottom row second from left) with his rural Cajun Family


The family homestead, Belsome Plantation, in Schriever, LA