6/24/2019 – Arthur (Gib) Bernard, Formerly of Clayton

Mr. Arthur (Gib) Bernard, 76, formerly of Webb Street in Clayton, died May 27th, at Summit Village in Watertown, where he resided for over two years.

Gib was born October 11th, 1942, in Watertown, the son of Gibson and Rosemary Doyle Bernard. He graduated from Indian River High School and from Potsdam College in 1965 with a teaching degree.

He retired from Averill Park School District in Rensselaer County. For a short time, he taught 9th Grade History at Watertown High School.

Even though Gib has no family, he has many friends that were like family to him. Everybody was drawn to Gib by his good nature, and endearing personality. People felt comfortable just being around him.

Being very social, he acquired many friends.

Gib loved the St. Lawrence River, the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball team, and he loved being a beer connoisseur.

His friends (relatives) will have a private memorial gathering on the St. Lawrence River which he loved so much.


  1. Mary S Horeth Posted

    Sorry to hear this,he was one of my favorite teachers,very creative and had great stories.

  2. Terry Baker Posted

    Mr. Bernard taught at Case Junior in Watertown. As a student in 1966-67 I was lucky to have him. We all were. Not just in class but in a few evening student-faculty softball games behind the school. When classmates now gather, his name always comes up. Wonderful teacher .

  3. Charlie Plumpton Posted

    Probably my favorite teacher ever. He was such a wonderful guy. My most indelible memory of him was from the day the news broke that Bobby Kennedy was killed. He was, of course, so visibly upset in class. I ran into him a couple of times in later years and he had not changed a bit. Still the nicest guy.

  4. David & Dodie Lake Posted

    Our dear friend Gibby, we miss you so…


    I had Mr Bernard for homeroom. As noted, he was a great guy. However, one day we pushed his patience too far and he kept the entire class after school. Well “Gibby” had to go and get a cup of coffee. While gone, two former students came into the class looking for him When we told them he was keeping us for misbehaving, they decided to crack the door open slightly, put an eraser on the top of door along with some chalk. Well when “Gibby” entered the room, the eraser dropped as well as the chalk. I believe the chalk went into the cup of coffee. Gibby started to rant, added another hour to our detention. Silence overcame the classroom when one of the culprits finally spoke up and asked if that included “them”. Well Mr. Bernard cracked a smile and laughed.

  6. John Waterhouse Posted

    I enjoyed teaching with Gib at Carthage for a few years in the 70s. He was a favorite with kids and his peers. When we moved to a different home, he gave us an antique popcorn popper which I am looking at while writing this. Few that I had the honor of working with over a career have given me such lasting memories. Rest in peace good teacher.
    John and Laureen Waterhouse

  7. Gail Gaffney Caulder Posted

    My all time favorite teacher…wonderful man!

  8. Marsha Spiridigliozzi Posted

    What wonderful memories of the many adventures in the company of Gibby and friends from six of us on overnight canoe camping trips in the Adirondacks to festive gatherings, including a Halloween costume event at Gib’s Rutland Hollow Road residence, and boating with pals on the beautiful St. Lawrence River. Gib’s wit and intelligence always made for great times. He will be missed and always recalled with a smile.
    Marsha Davis Spiridigliozzi

  9. Robert m. Humphrey Posted

    I want to send sincere condolences to the family of Arthur. I too was at Summit when he was there and we all got to know him and called him Gibby. He was a delightfull person and will be missed by all who knew him.

  10. Tom Lucas Posted

    Rest in peace good friend. I’ve known Gibby for over 70 years and will miss him a great deal.

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