Dr. Peter J. Bernosky died at his home on June 30, 2009 at the age of 70 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Grace, and their four children Brett (Fay) Bernosky (Haddon Township, NJ), Bridgett (Bruce) Tatnell (Ashburn, VA), Bradley Bernosky (West Chester, PA) and Dana (Ray) Hillsinger (Downingtown, PA). He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Brittanie and Robert Davis, Peter Bernosky, Logan, Griffin and Reagan Hillsinger, as well as one great- grandson, Gabriel.
He is survived by 3 sisters, Sally Bernosky (Oakdale, PA), Arlene Millis (North East, PA), Diane Mary (Oakdale, PA) and a brother David Bernosky (Dallas ,TX). Extended family members include Sherry Humphrey who supplied endless loving care to Dr. Bernosky over the past 10 years and Stacy Reinhart whose dedication and support were a source of great comfort.
Dr. Bernosky was born in Elizabeth, PA on February 11, 1939. After graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic, he and his family moved to West Chester, PA in 1962 where he began a successful Chiropractic practice. Dr. Bernosky was a man of conviction and a pioneer in the Chester County area who fought to promote fair and equal treatment of patients by the insurance companies and who lobbied to include chiropractic care in all insurance programs.
"Doc" as he was known to his friends, loved to golf, boat, fish, play tennis and never turned down a good poker game. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Society, the Elks, the Italian Social Club and the First West Chester Fire Company. In 1962, he was Chester County Billiards Champion. He was a member of Concord Country Club for 25 years.
Peter was an avid reader and had an enormous talent for writing. He was a guest columnist for the Daily Local News and voiced his concerns and opinions through countless letters to the editor.
His passion and compassion for animals and wildlife was well known. At his request, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Chester County SPCA 1212 Phoenixville Pike West Chester, PA 19380;of which he was a generous supporter.
Dr. Bernosky felt that out of all of his accomplishments, his children were his highest achievement and were his greatest source of pride. He was a loving and supportive father who knew the value of quality time spent with his children and always lead by example. He was much more than a father, he was a dad.
Relatives and friends are invited to the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith and Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA 610.696.1181 www.drsfh.com on Monday July 6, 2009 between 10:00 - 10:30 am to form a funeral procession for his graveside service which will be held at 11:00 am at Oaklands Cemetery, 1042 Pottstown Pike West Chester, PA.
Visitation 6:00 - 9:00 pm Sunday July 5, 2009 at the funeral home.