Bernard Albert was born on July 7, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio, to parents Wilma and Frank Albert and passed away on December 14, 2020, after a lengthy struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He lived a beautiful, impactful life and was loved by all.
After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1959 and attending the University of Toledo, he worked in a variety of careers – including National Accounts Manager at AP Parts, selling boats, Branch Manager of Erie Shores Credit Union (now Directions Credit Union), and probably his favorite of all was being the conductor on the train at the Toledo Zoo for more than 10 years after retirement. He loved the kids!
Bernie married the love of his life, Sally, on June 16, 1984. They enjoyed traveling around the world to over 60 countries, going on numerous cruises, and spending time with family. They were also involved in many organizations, clubs and social activities together. Bernie was very active in the local community with over 60 years as a member of the Boy Scouts of America (from Scout, to Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, VP of the Toledo Area Council and also served on the Executive Board). He was an active member of Little Flower Parish where he was a Eucharist Minister, Lector, Commentator, served on many committees, and taught 8th grade CCD for over 20 years. His faith was an extremely important part of his life.
Bernie was an amateur photographer and loved to follow fire trucks to major fires (even while on vacation) to take pictures!
He was past Board President of the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, past President and Board member of T.I.R.E.S, past President of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Credit Union League, Toledo Jaycees, Toledo Sister Cities, Great Lakes Consortium, Sylvania Township Citizens Police Academy, Sylvania Sister Cities, Central Catholic High School, Religious Service volunteer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Michigan and the Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio. He participated in many Cursillo weekend retreats.
In 2012, Bernie received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Adult & Lifelong Learning at the University of Toledo. He also served as President and Board member of the University College Alumni Association.
He will be remembered for his infectious smile, laughter and positive approach to life. He never knew a stranger. His big claim to fame was being a look-alike to Mickey Rooney – giving him the nickname of "Mickey."
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara Martens. He is survived by his wife, Sally; sister, Sandra; children, David, Robert, Linda (Michael Hagenmaier) and Michael (Michelle); grandchildren, RJ, Jenny, Katie, Ashley, Brittany, Kevin, Amy, Emily and Michael; niece, Christie and nephews, Joe and Chris.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, December 20, 2020, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wisniewski Funeral Home on Reynolds Road where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, December 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Parish (5522 Dorr Street). Mass will also be Livestreamed on Little Flower's website. Interment will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Facial coverings and social distancing are required at all events. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Toledo Zoo, University of Toledo or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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