Johnny Angelo Bernardo

August 13, 1931 ~ December 28, 2020

On the night of December 28th, 2020, our loving Poppy peacefully made his journey home.

Johnny was born on August 14, 1931, to his Italian immigrant parents, Antonio, and Filomena (Fannie) Fratto Bernardo. He grew up on his family's farm in Draper, Utah, where he learned his strong work ethic and gathered many of the stories, he loved to tell his children and grandchildren. Johnny married the love of his life, Henrietta Roberts Bernardo, on June 5th, 1965. Even in his final days, he would express his deep love and affection for Henrietta, saying she is who kept him grounded and going throughout life. Johnny and Henrietta had three beautiful kids together. Tony, Tonette, and John. Johnny loved his kids, but he especially loved the grandchildren they provided him with. Johnny, who his grandchildren lovingly referred to as ‘Poppy,’ was blessed with eight grandchildren. Poppy had a way of making all of his grandchildren feel special and supported in all of their life endeavors.

Johnny was a semi-truck driver for many years of his life and loved everything to do with vintage cars. He was a frequent goer to the vintage car shows and owned many vintage cars that he would fix-up. The only thing Poppy had more passion for than cars was telling stories. Everyone knew that if they were going to visit Poppy, you would be hearing his stories, even if they were stories you’ve heard a million times. He always remembered the name of everyone he ran across, even if he met them 50 years ago. And if he couldn’t remember the person’s name, or if he didn’t like the person (which was much more common), he would call them “Sons of B****es.” We would think of the phrase “Sons of a B****es” as Poppy’s tag line if Poppy had a TV show that would be printed on t-shirts.

Johnny lived a full life that was full of exciting adventures. He loved his family more than anything and will be deeply missed by all of us. Even though we all miss him very much, we get a laugh knowing that he’s causing a ruckus up in Heaven.
Johnny is preceded in death by his Father, Antonio Bernardo, Mother Fannie Bernardo, and his sisters Frances Rose Bernardo, Josephine Mary Bernardo Sawyer, and Geraldine Ann Bernardo.

He is survived by his wife Henrietta Roberts Bernardo, Children Tony Bernardo (Brenda), Tonette Bernardo Allen (Travis), John Bernardo (Pam), 7 Granddaughters, 1 Grandson, 5 Great-grandchildren, 3 sisters and their spouses, and 2 brothers and their spouses and 1 sister. Being Italian, there are so many more people, but it would be way too long to name everyone.

As per Poppy’s request, a viewing will not be held, and due to Covid restrictions, services will be limited to immediate family only.


Uncle John, I'm so glad my last memory I have of you is a very special one to me. You will be missed more than you know. Tell grandpa and grandma I love them. Could you give my Sjon a huge hug for me and that I love and miss him. I'm sure he's so happy to see you. Rest well Uncle John, I love you. Thank you for the memories. Love Angie

I'm so sad my Uncle John has gone. I loved him so much! I'm thinking of all of you, Aunt Henri, Tony, Tonette, John, and your beautiful families. You're all in our thoughts and prayers. I'm so sad, but thinking of Uncle John I can only remember his smile and great big laugh. How lucky and blessed I've been to have Uncle John. What a great gift. I can hardly wait until I can see all of you again.

- Stefi Sticka Van Uitert
Sending love ❤️ to all ... Uncle John , my birthday twin , my favorite soul , my heritage ... I will miss you . I will miss your stories , your laughter and eating burritos ... you were one special , special man and I love you ❤️ I bet there is a big celebration in heaven !! Rest in Gods light ......till we meet again ❤️

- Judy Shupe
I am very sorry to hear the news . I am so sorry for the loss of your father Tony Tonett and John man what a home coming for your dad I remember a lot of stories about his mother and father that he told what a guy u get it straight from the cuff he didn’t pull any punches I love u all and pray you all find some comfort he lives in all of you and will not be forgotten RIP John sr.

- Glen perkins