The Curry Coastal Pilot

Charles H. Bergeron

Sept. 24, 1944-Dec. 18, 2013

Charles H. Bergeron, 69, of Brookings, passed away in Medford, on Dec. 18, 2013.

Charles was born Sept. 24, 1944, in Auburn, N.Y., one of three children to Almirat and Stella (Brodeur) Bergeron. He grew up there.

In 1962, at the age of 17, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was trained in electrical engineering and was stationed at U.S. Naval Station in Key West, Fla., during the Bay of Pigs. He later served as a sonar technician aboard the USS Hollister during the early stages of the Vietnam War.

Following an honorable discharge in 1966, Charles moved west to California and found work developing electrical panels for Douglas Air Company's DC-7. He later went into sales and marketing where he held a number of different broker positions - everything from stocks and commodities to game shows and HMOs.

In 1967, Charles married Teresa Gonzales. They divorced in 1974.

He later married Patricia DiMora June 2, 1979, in Glendale, Calif.

The couple moved to Paradise, Calif., in 1980. The family made annual camping and fishing vacations to Brookings. They liked it so much they decided to move to Brookings in 2007.

Charles was very artistic. He mostly enjoyed Native American art and made many items from leather in that style. He also played guitar and loved to go fishing. Charles was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and was proud of having achieved 20 years of sobriety. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife Patricia of Brookings; daughters Roseann Campana of San Diego, Monique Hernandez and her wife Debbie Hernandez of Brookings, Vienna Bergeron of Cathedral City, Calif., Melissa Bacerra and her husband Luis of Cathedral City, Calif.; son Bryan Bergeron and his wife Jana of Brookings. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren (and one more on the way); and sister Eunice Trombly and her husband, Alan of West Chezy, N.Y.

Charles was preceded in death by his sister Jean Victoria.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Southern California.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.