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Bernardo Mercado

February 12, 1960December 4, 2017
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Bernardo Mercado, 57, passed away on December 4, 2017 in Winter Springs, Florida. He was born on February 12, 1960 in New York, New York to Jose Mercado and Ana Monsanto. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra Mercado and their sons Alexander, Nicholas and Justin. He is also survived by his daughter Jennifer and son Adam as well as his siblings Susan, Herbert, Jose, Margaret, Anthony and David along with many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. He was loved by everyone….. young and old.

Bernardo is a former state trooper and current business owner. He is the creator of SD Protection, Sambumbia Chef and an all-around entrepreneur extraordinaire.

“My Tio was one of the most generous men I had the fortune of knowing, who could say things that would make you cringe and laugh till your ribs busted, and who always in whatever season could rock a fedora. I remember being at a funeral with my Tio Bernie next to me (unfortunately we've meet up at many funerals) and him telling me, "When it's my time to go, that's where the sadness and tears need to end. My life will be celebrated with good food, family and friends laughing, and a lot of bottles of goose and juice."

“Our Tio Bernie passed away the other night which took us all by surprise. I’ll never forget during my childhood all the funny things he used to say and do. He always had a way of bringing light to the room and making everybody laugh.”

“You gave with all your heart and you fought just as hard on things you believed in. I will miss our goose and juice and cigars, the Giants Games we went to always within the first few rows at the 50-yard line because "That's How You Rolled". I will miss our talks, arguments, fights, and hugs telling each other " I Love You Man" till wee hours of the mornings usually with way too many goose and juices. We talked family, love, friends, and business with no holds barred passion. We often disagreed yet you always took what I said to heart and thanked me for it. You lived life your way regardless of what people thought. You inspired me more than you know with your run through any wall mentality no matter what the obstacle.”

“Bernie was such a gargantuan presence despite his height! I can’t help but smile because he would be telling me right about now (while stretching his legs, raising his chin and pounding his chest) “Alright, alright, Titi. Ya, se acabo!”. He was a wonderful friend, but more importantly he was our family. He pulled no punches, was generous and was real all the time. He lived life his way. Bernie, I will never, ever forget you - you are imbedded in our hearts forever. I will miss our chats and most of all the laughter.”

“I will never forget the good times we had & great food at family dinners…the love in parenting you & Bernie showed me will be passed along to my daughter.”

You will be missed and never forgotten “Peter Pan”.

A visitation will be held at Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel in Sanford, Florida on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. A celebration of life service is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00am at Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel in Sanford, Florida with a burial and reception to follow.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 8, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, December 9, 2017

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, December 9, 2017

  • Reception

    Saturday, December 9, 2017

Memories

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Melissa Rodriguez

December 23, 2017

Bernie, what can I say!! So many memories and wonderful times spending with you and the family. I will always remember hanging out in the house, talking about any and everything, laughing, eating, watching Giants games. I can go on and on!!! You will be always be in my thoughts and I know you are having a party in heaven. You always remembered me as Melissa from CT since there are two Melissa's in the Rodriguez family, so I say until next time. See you soon! Love, Melissa from CT.

Sandra Mercado

December 15, 2017

Melissa and Jose Hernandez

December 10, 2017

Bernie, you will be missed. I will miss your loud New York personality lol. You always brought laughter to a room with your Yo...Yo..lol. Rest in Paradise. I'm know you got your fedora, your Drink in hand, and your cigar relaxing and listening to your Marc Anthony. ?

Sylvia Caban

December 9, 2017

I still can't wrap my head around Bernie's sudden death and my words can not begin to express the sorrow and pain I feel for the your loss. I hope that like me, you think of Bernie and you can't help but smile because he was so crazy and funny but also so generous. I don't know if you knew this but after Marco passed, Bernie would sometimes call me and ask if ever I or the kids needed anything all I had to do was call and it would be done. He truly had a big heart and he will be missed but definitely not forgotten.

The collage is beautiful and you definitely showed that he loved life and lived it the way he wanted. I know he'll be hanging out with my Marco watching over us.

My deepest, heartfelt sympathies to you, the family and the boys. From one widow to the other, life always seems unfair and that he was taken too soon but just hold on to the memories because they will always make you smile. I love you and the boys Sandy. I'm here for you anytime you need to talk.

With all my love,
Sylvia Caban and family

Heather Bourne

December 9, 2017

I still can't believe the news. My heart completely breaks for my father, Sandy & the kids. You loved to tease me. I will forever miss hearing, "What's up, Heather, Heather, Heather?" I'm glad my Dad got to see you recently. 40 years of friendship, wow! You're family Bernie. Always have been, always will be. Love you and miss you. Please give my grandmother all my love. Rest in paradise, because we all know you always go big!

"Never say goodbye, because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting." --Peter Pan

Theresa Mayser

December 8, 2017

Sandra, I love how you are celebrating Bernie's LIFE with the stories and pictures! I remember when I first met Bernie when I came to visit. The FEAST that he prepared for me! Everything that led up to the meal and the meal itself was incredible. Not only was it a beautiful feast for the eyes it was an amazing experience for the palate. It felt like Bernie knew no strangers as he made me feel like he had known me for years ... we were family ? Rest in Heaven Bernie. God bless you and the boys. Love you all.

Christina Andersen

December 8, 2017

I am so glad we reconnected cousin Bernie after 40 years. I wish I had come to visit when we talked about it. We always think there is more time. I will remember your words to live life to the fullest. Love little cousin Elaine in Colorado.

December 8, 2017

Our prayers and thoughts are with you Sandy and the boys! In times of tears, remember the laughter. In times of sadness, remember the smiles(wide grin). In times of loneliness, remember all you shared.Hope to helps you to know you'll have those warm loving memories for ever.
Rosanne and Hapo - we loved his cooking!

Cynthia Forestier

December 8, 2017

Bernie was always loved & loved life.
You will be missed by so many ,always in our hearts .
My deepest condolences to my cousin Sandra & children.
R.I P. Bernie.

Cynthia Forestier

December 8, 2017

Bernie was always loved & loved life.
You will be missed by so many ,always in our hearts .
My deepest condolences to my cousin Sandra & children.
R.I P. Bernie.

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Biography

Bernardo Mercado, 57, passed away on December 4, 2017 in Winter Springs, Florida. He was born on February 12, 1960 in New York, New York to Jose Mercado and Ana Monsanto. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra Mercado and their sons Alexander, Nicholas and Justin. He is also survived by his daughter Jennifer and son Adam as well as his siblings Susan, Herbert, Jose, Margaret, Anthony and David along with many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. He was loved by everyone….. young and old.

Bernardo is a former state trooper and current business owner. He is the creator of SD Protection, Sambumbia Chef and an all-around entrepreneur extraordinaire.

“My Tio was one of the most generous men I had the fortune of knowing, who could say things that would make you cringe and laugh till your ribs busted, and who always in whatever season could rock a fedora. I remember being at a funeral with my Tio Bernie next to me (unfortunately we've meet up at many funerals) and him telling me, "When it's my time to go, that's where the sadness and tears need to end. My life will be celebrated with good food, family and friends laughing, and a lot of bottles of goose and juice."

“Our Tio Bernie passed away the other night which took us all by surprise. I’ll never forget during my childhood all the funny things he used to say and do. He always had a way of bringing light to the room and making everybody laugh.”

“You gave with all your heart and you fought just as hard on things you believed in. I will miss our goose and juice and cigars, the Giants Games we went to always within the first few rows at the 50-yard line because "That's How You Rolled". I will miss our talks, arguments, fights, and hugs telling each other " I Love You Man" till wee hours of the mornings usually with way too many goose and juices. We talked family, love, friends, and business with no holds barred passion. We often disagreed yet you always took what I said to heart and thanked me for it. You lived life your way regardless of what people thought. You inspired me more than you know with your run through any wall mentality no matter what the obstacle.”

“Bernie was such a gargantuan presence despite his height! I can’t help but smile because he would be telling me right about now (while stretching his legs, raising his chin and pounding his chest) “Alright, alright, Titi. Ya, se acabo!”. He was a wonderful friend, but more importantly he was our family. He pulled no punches, was generous and was real all the time. He lived life his way. Bernie, I will never, ever forget you - you are imbedded in our hearts forever. I will miss our chats and most of all the laughter.”

“I will never forget the good times we had & great food at family dinners…the love in parenting you & Bernie showed me will be passed along to my daughter.”

You will be missed and never forgotten “Peter Pan”.

A visitation will be held at Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel in Sanford, Florida on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. A celebration of life service is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00am at Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel in Sanford, Florida with a burial and reception to follow.

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