Mr. Bernard was a successful businessman who grew his business with international importing and exporting. He and his famly have also operated crawfish and seafood stores in Cottonport and New Orleans. He also operated several fireworks establishments. He began as a school bus driver and opened his first store, the Blue Ribbon meat market on Mansura Main Street in the late 1960s.
In recent years, he restored the historic Dr. Drouin home on Mansura's L'Eglise Street. He opened the home for tour and commented last December that when he was young man, he would cut the grass at the home. At that time he promised himself he woud make enough money to buy the old mansion and hire someone else to cut the grass. After a start as a school bus driver and a young entrepeneur, Bernard reached his goal.
Mansura Mayor Kenneth Picket said "This will be a big loss for Mansura, he was a great business man here, with several businesses here.
"He was a dear friend of myself and the family
As a child, I used to ride in his school bus....and watched him over the years as he opened his businesses.
"He was a great supporter of mine, and we will miss him."
Mansura Chamber President Nick Bordelon called Bernard :a remarkable man. We have been happy to have a guy like this in Mansura. He created a worldwide market and brought it back to Mansura to run it.
:He opened his cold storage warehuse at the Indusstrial Parki in Mansura.... a major distribution center for North America.:
More Details to be announced.