Obituary: Bernard M. Bettencourt, 79
Jun 05, 2017 03:30PM ● Published by Theresa Gilman
Bernard M. Bettencourt
Born in Lowell on June 1, 1938, he was a son of the late Manuel and Ethel (Mello) Bettencourt. Bernard was a graduate of Keith Academy, and went on to attend Burdette College, Curry College, and Southern New Hampshire University where he earned his Master's Degree. For over 30 years, Bernard served over 85 communities as the Director of long term care for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Bernard was a longtime communicant of St. Francis Church in Dracut and was a member of the Legion of Mary out of St. Michael's. He was a founding member of the Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School and served on the board for many years, as well as serving on the board for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind. He was also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, Rotary and Lion's Club's.
Bernard was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family, especially enjoying a summer picnic or holiday meal together. He was an avid gardener and would spend hours perfecting his yard. He also enjoyed visiting the beach, as well as his house in Florida, and camping in Maine.
In addition to his wife, Lorraine, Bernard is survived and will be deeply missed by his three children, Melissanne Akins and her husband Christopher of Tyngsboro, Dr. Bernard Bettencourt, Jr. and his wife Caryn of Dracut, and Brian Bettencourt and his wife Yani of Nashua, NH; nine grandchildren, Alyssa Morrissey and her husband Patrick, Bernard "Buddy" Bettencourt and his wife Casey, Christopher and Curtis Akins, Andrew and Caryssa Bettencourt, and Brandon, Justin, and Hailey Bettencourt; great-granddaughter, Abigail Bettencourt, sister, Maryann Saunders and her husband John; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bernard was predeceased by his sister, Beverly Ann Keenan; and his nephew, Christopher Saunders.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on WEDNESDAY, June 7th from 4 - 8 p.m. at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on THURSDAY at 8:30 a.m. with his Funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. in St. Francis Church, Dracut. Burial will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in his name to the Massachusetts Association for the Blind c/o Development Office MAB Community Services 200 Ivy Street, Brookline, MA 02446. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."