COREA and EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Russell Francis Bernier, 87, died Aug. 13, 2005. He was born Feb. 7, 1918, in Hartford, Conn. Russell was a veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong resident of East Hartford, Conn., and became a member of the East Hartford Police Department in 1942. He served in every branch of the department and retired as Commander in 1976. Russell then became a member of the East Hartford Democratic Town Committee. He was also a member of the East Hartford Retirement Board and the East Hartford Planning and Zoning Board. After his retirement from the police department, he became general manager of Storage World in East Hartford until he retired in 1985. He then moved to Mystic, Conn., until 2004 when he and his wife moved to Corea, to live. Russell is a retired member of the Connecticut Chiefs Police Association, the East Hartford Police Benevolent Association, and the East Hartford Police and Fireman’s Benevolent Association. He was an avid Red Sox fan, as well as a fan of the Yukon’s Women Basketball. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rosemarie Angelo Bernier, of Corea; his son, retired deputy fire chief of the East Hartford Fire Department, Wayne E. Bernier and his wife, Carol, of Corea; his daughter, Marlaine E. Bernier and her husband, Edmund Lamb, of Ledyard, Conn.; granddaughter, Lynn M. Guerriero and her husband, Anthony Guerriero of Hebron, Conn.; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Cavaliere and Anthony Cavaliere; grandson, Scott W. Bernier and wife, Lori, of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren, Kaycie Bernier, Madalyn Bernier, and Rhyan Bernier. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at the Corea Baptist Church in Corea, officiated by Rev. John MacNeill.