Bernard B. Warfield (“Bernie”), of St. Petersburg, Florida died on December 6, 2018 following a sudden and debilitating illness. He recently celebrated his 75th birthday.
He was the oldest of five brothers, the children of his parents Bernard D. and Natalie Burke Warfield. Bernard & Natalie as well as Bernard’s Grandparents Bernard & Josephine are the progenitors of a large Warfield lineage.
Bernie is survived by his four brothers, twenty-four 3rd generation first cousins and others in extended families. His son Bernard Adam, loving spouse Alexandra & their 3-year-old son Luca Bernard reside in Spain. His brothers are Ronald D., R. Marshall, J. Michael, and Jeffrey J. Warfield. There are multiple nieces and nephews in the subsequent generations.
Bernie was born in Baltimore Maryland on October 21st, 1943. The Bernard Warfield family relocated to Colorado eventually settling in Littleton. He graduated from Littleton High School in 1962 and worked in retail in South Denver, Englewood and Littleton, Colorado.
In January of 1963 Bernard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After several training schools he was assigned to the USS Lawrence, a guided missile destroyer. He was a radar and combat tracking specialist reaching the grade of Second-Class Petty Officer. Bernie received an Honorable Discharge in April of 1968.
In 1982 Bernie married Joleen Hansen. Their child was born March 2, 1985 in Colorado. The family lived in the South Denver and Englewood area. Bernie worked as a contractor building and remodeling affluent residential properties. Joleen and a sister operated a beauty salon. Bernie developed his skills as a finish carpenter, general handyman and remodeling planner.
With work becoming quite more plentiful and year-round in Florida, the family relocated to the Tampa Bay Area of Florida, residing in St. Petersburg. Bernie organized a business around his carpentry and building skills. His son was an excellent student in school and received his diploma from St. Petersburg High School in 2003 completing the International Baccalaureate program. With scholarship assistance and determination, he opted to attend Florida State University receiving his bachelor’s degree in 2007.
In retirement Bernie relocated to a senior community where he found a small property on a canal with access to Tampa Bay. The Community was Americana Cove. He woke up every morning to beautiful sunshine, and a waterfront view that he loved with an abundance of beautiful birds, manatees and fish jumping in the canal. In the community Bernie enjoyed the beautiful clubhouse with heated swimming pool, and spending time with wonderful neighbors like Jim and E’lise Bush.
Bernie’s passion was music and he enjoyed life to the fullest filling his days with his impressive collection of vinyl records and CDs. Bernie loved Mexican food, especially green chili and reflecting on memories with family, his travels during his military service to ports of call in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and the amazing moments he spent with his brothers including the trip to Marshall’s cabin. He was a very proud Dad and Granddad, Father-in-Law who loved his family and loved talking to his grandson Luca.
Bernie’s four brothers and their extended families lived nearby in the Orlando Metropolitan Area. And though his son worked in Europe, the Far East, Australia other world outposts, he and his family lived in Spain and communicated regularly with his father.
Bernie was stricken with an affliction in late October of 2018. It rapidly devastated his health. He passed at the Bayfront Health Hospital – Suncoast Hospice Unit where he received loving care. He son Adam and his brother Jeffrey oversaw his care and final arrangements on behalf of the Warfield family. Bernard will receive a Veteran’s burial at the Bay Pines National Cemetery after the holidays in March of 2019 and for information regarding the service and celebration of life, please contact Bernard Adam or Jeffrey:
Phone: (727) 231-4813
Phone: (407) 300-2612