AJ Bernardini, 84, of Orange passed away on Sunday, July 3, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

He was a native of Everett, Ma; born on Jan. 13, 1927 to parents Alexander Bernardini and Lena (Tognert) Savarino.

He served his country in WWII in the Navy. He had lived in the Orange area since 1948 and retired from US Steel after 40 years as a boilermaker. He was a member of First Church of Orange and he never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alexander Bernardini; mother, Lena Savarino; step father, George Savarino; sisters, Lenora Fermano, Beatrice Barret.

His is survived by his wife of 64 years, Shirley Marie Bernardini of Orange; son, the Rev. John T. Bernardini and wife, Shirley of Livingston; sisters, Rita Anderson of Orange, Dorothy Cannta of Nashua, NH, Jean Bonita of Malden, MA, Anna Travis of Nashua, NH; brothers, Louis Savarino of Stoneham, MA, Vincent Savarino of Dracut, MA; brothers in law, Tony Fermano, George Anderson; grandson, the Rev. John T. Bernardini II and wife, Rebecah of Baytown, eleven nieces and eight nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, July 7, at 10:00 am at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange, with the Rev. John Bernardini II and Bro. Gary Wheeler officiating. Services are being handled by Dorman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Leo Anderson, Gregory Willis, Larry Hammett, Jeff Anderson, George Anderson II and Mark Anderson. Honorary pallbearer is Rev. Lester Roch.