February 25, 1956 ~ February 15, 2020

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Greece, New York

Greece:  Saturday, February 15, 2020 at age 63 went home to be with his parents, Louis and Dorothy; sisters and brother-in-law, Katherine (Tom) Kwiatkowski and Linda Bernola.  He will be dearly missed by his sisters and brother, Donna (William) Schultz, Donald (Nancy) Bernola and Michelle Ahmed; 11 nieces and nephews; 9 great nieces and nephews; cousins; friends.

Richards loved to cook and had a passion for driving especially taxis and 18 wheeler trucks.  He will be deeply missed.

Richard’s visitation will be held Saturday, February 22nd 12-2 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road, where his celebration of life will be held in the Chapel of the Funeral Home at 2 PM.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


Visitation: February 22, 2020 12:00 pm - February 22, 2020 2:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: February 22, 2020 2:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Richard J. Bernola 's name.

American Heart Association

25 Circle Street #102 Rochester, NY 14607

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  1. I am deeply saddened by the passing of my uncle. He was always a happy and loving man. He treated everyone with kindness. My heart is broken knowing I did not get a chance to say goodbye. I am comforted knowing he is with my grandparents now and he is no longer hurting. I love and miss you Uncle Ricky.

  2. So sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Bernola family. May his memory be eternal.

  3. This was so unexpected. My heat broke when I heard the news. You will be greatly missed but know you are at peace. I hate I didn’t get to say goodbye. I love and miss you, Uncle Ricky.

  4. To the Bernola family,
    My heart is so very torn, I’m so very sad that he left so unexpectedly, he was my best friend, he was always so happy and had an awesome sense of humor, big as a bear but gentle as a butterfly, I will miss him so so much, but on the other hand, I know that he is free of pain now and is at peace, God Bless You Rick, Fly High My Friend, til we meet again, R.I.P.

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