Bernard M. "Bernie" Stanton

Obituary for Bernard M. "Bernie" Stanton

November 3, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Bernard M. "Bernie" Stanton, of NE Philadelphia, PA. Passed away at Chandler Hall Hospice, with his family at his side on November 3, 2020 at the age of 82. He was the son of the late John T. and Maria Stanton. He was the Beloved husband of Dolores "Dee", married over 24 years. He was the devoted father of John Stanton (his wife Stephanie), Debbie Stanton and the step father to Karen Eisenhower, William Eisenhower, Donna Wilson (George), He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren; Stephen, Jaclyn, Taylor, Kelsey, Paige, his many nieces, nephews and cousins, and by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his sister Marie, and his brothers; Jack, Vince and Shipwreck.

Bernie had only two jobs his whole life! 4 years in the U.S. Navy and 40 years on the railroad. He joined the Navy after high school in January of 1959; a day before his 21st birthday, and was honorably discharged in 1963.

In 1963 he started with the Reading Railroad and retired from Conrail in 2000. He loved anything trains, and/or the Navy. He would regularly visit train and Navy museums and historical sites. Every time he hung up the phone with you, you would get either a "10-4, or a Roger" as a goodbye. He met with old work mates from the railroad on a regular basis to keep friendships alive, and to tell old stories of railroad glory. Bernie also was a member at the 810 post for many years.
Bernie really loved to read! When he came home from work, sitting down with a huge encyclopedia to read for fun was his ting, and the newspaper was read "everyday"! He watched Jeopardy, and would get every question right. He was begged to sign up, but he thought that it would be too much of a hassle. From all of his reading, he was highly intelligent and he would not miss an opportunity to let you know; "Jokingly of course"! He would often find mistakes or incorrect facts in newspapers, books, and articles and would call the publishers to correct the mistakes.

Most of all, he loved life. He worked hard, he played equally as hard. He loved to make people laugh! He always had a goofy joke, or a one liner. He often was laughing so much at his own joke that he couldn't get the punch line out.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bernie's Life Celebration Saturday, November 14th, from 11:00 to 12:30 the John F. Givnish Funeral Home 10975 Academy Rd. Philadelphia, PA., followed by his Memorial Service, at 12:30 p.m. His Interment will be Private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name would to the Fox Chase Cancer Center; 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111be appreciated.

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