MACHIAS - Bernard Lyman Cheney died April 19, 2012, at his home after a brief illness. He was born May 4, 1923, in Lubec, the son of Reginald Merideth and Margaret (Yorke) Cheney. He graduated from Lubec High School and immediately volunteered for the paratroopers. He served with distinction through numerous battles in World War II, including Battle of the Bulge. Bernard concluded his military service as a sergeant occupying Berlin after the war was completed. Upon returning to Down East Maine Bernard served in Maine State Police for seven years and then worked for the General Adjustment Bureau for the remainder of his career as an insurance adjuster. He enjoyed his long retirement and spent it working in his garden, spending time with his family and friends, and occasionally doing boat surveys. Bernard was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Schoppee Cheney; and his only child, Beverly Cheney Edwards. He is survived by his three grandsons, Benjamin, Matthew and Peter Edwards; sister, Pearl Cheney Choquette; son-in-law, Dr. John A. Edwards; John's brother, Larry P. Edwards; sister-in-law, Rebecca Schoppee Carlson and family; the Corey family from Colorado; Jeanine Sullivan of Portland; many more devoted friends and family. The family extends a special thank you to the many professionals at Dr. David Rioux's medical office and at Community Health and Counseling Services Hospice. There will be no visitation or services. A private committal will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Virginia S. Cheney scholarship, University of Maine at Machias Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, University of Maine at Machias, 9 O'Brien Ave., Machias, ME 04654. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Cheney family by visiting their book of memories at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on May 12, 2012