From 1995 until the time of his death, Bernard was the president of Tropical Commodities, which imports and distributes chili peppers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Bernard worked in the 1990s as sales manager of PFM International Inc., Miami. Also in the‘90s, he worked for an airline that served the Caribbean on a project to import fresh produce from the region.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Janete Bernard; three sons, Rod, Bryan and Dennis; three sisters, Sharon Oliver, Shirley Haeuptle, and Barbara Loudenslager; and five grandchildren.
Rod Bernard is director of food safety for Southern Specialties Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla.