Bernard John Willett .

Bernard John Willett .
Also known as: Bernie
Date of birth: 04 August, 1936
Date of passing: 08 December, 2017

Bernie died peacefully at home with his wife Linda at his side on Friday, 8 December 2017. He was 81 years young.

Bernie was the youngest son of Bill and Irene Willett. Bernie left school at 15 and began work supporting his father Bill in shearing sheds where he decided to take another path. He began a panel beating apprenticeship with Des Miller Panels in Yarrawonga.

His 63-year career included panel beating, a tow truck business, car sales, Castrol oil sales, and assessing insurance losses; he returned to education as a mature student to undertake TAFE teaching, continuing post-graduate studies at San Jose State University in California and finally returning to hand forming exclusively in aluminium.

Bernie fabricated people’s dreams. Taking the image in their heads to reality, he transformed flat sheet aluminium into the body parts of custom motorcycles. His work is known throughout the Australian motorcycle community and his products have ended up in many parts of the world.

Bernie supported people through their life challenges, spending equal time talking and listening. He relished any opportunity to repair or make something that solved someone’s problem.

A good time for Bernie was a cappuccino with morning or afternoon tea or a meal with family and friends. He loved turning event to adventure by following the road without a destination in mind. Favourite topics of discussion included recently read biographies, politics, Moto GP, stories from growing up in Yarrawonga, clients’ stories and life!

Bernie was a swimmer, skier, camper, canoeist, motorcyclist, hiker, host, reader, bicyclist, foodie, volunteer and tinkerer. For example, he had great fun completing a project that turned his mountain bike into a ‘motor bike’.

Bernie was a loving brother to Shirley (dec), Bruce (dec) and Douglas (dec). An uncle to Jan, Geoff, Jess and Adam, Travis, Lachlyne, Ronni, Lucas, Maria, Nathan, Dawn (dec), Tracy, David, Simon, Jacqui, Louis, James, Dani, William and John and grandfather of Matthew, Adam, Lauren-Kate and Mitchell.

The storyteller, builder of people’s dreams and humble genius is at peace.

Bernard John Willett .Bernard John Willett .Bernard John Willett .

Funeral Notice

Funeral Details

A service to celebrate the life of
Mr. Bernard John Willett (Bernie)
will be held at Bridges restaurant 1
075 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Hurstbridge
on Tuesday December 19, 2017
commencing at 11am.

No Flowers by request, donations can be made to Rotary Health
Envelopes will be available at the service or you may go to the following link

Adrienne Jones shared

WILLETT, Bernie, of Research, Victoria.

You left us quietly in the wee small hours.
We miss already the quirky tales and spontaneous lyrics of a warm-hearted and irreverent Yarrawonga lad with a giant Kristoffersonian spirit.
We will kindle forever the shared afterlife of many years of friendship and happy times.
Our hearts at one with Linda.
Sincere condolences to Bernie’s extended family.
Adrienne Jones (Eltham) Jan Shrimpton and John Deviny (Viewbank).
Image 1 (IMG 2227): Linda & Bernie with John Deviny (centre) Cape Conran 1990s.
Image 2 (IMG 8138): John Deviny, Jan Shrimpton, Linda and Bernie Dandenongs 2015.
Image 3: (IMG 0004): Linda, Bernie and Adie (Adrienne), Botanic Gardens, Melbourne 2016.

A Tribute for Bernard John Willett . by Adrienne JonesA Tribute for Bernard John Willett . by Adrienne JonesA Tribute for Bernard John Willett . by Adrienne Jones

Sign the Book for Bernard John Willett .

  1. Adrienne Jones
  1. Linda Gidlund
  2. Joy Ferguson
  3. John Deviny
  4. Jess Davis
  5. Phil Braga
  6. Cameron Williams
  7. Jess Carpenter
  8. James Willett
  9. Terry Grant
  10. Julia Butler
  11. Briallen Davies
  12. Malcolm S. Watt
  13. Cathy O'Shannessy
  14. Greg Handley
  15. Roger Knight
  16. Roger Knight
  17. Winston Marsh
  18. Ursula Wilks
  19. Teresa Shields
  20. Michael Shields
  21. Mani Seneviratne
  22. Paula McGavin
  23. Geoff Wells
  24. Alana Johnson
  25. Lorri Cohen
  26. Steve Cohen
  27. Rebecca Cohen
  28. Jessica Cohen
  29. Ern & Ann Wardell
  30. Maria E McLean
  31. Gera Tonge
  32. Geraldine and Lee Eastman
  33. Barry Watson
  34. Marianna
  35. Perolov Thörnqvist
  36. Anthony & Danielle Hetrih
  37. Violet Hetrih
  38. Linda Gidlund Hill
  39. Rosie Walter
  40. Paul Baker
  41. Jamie Delapena
  42. Lance Parker
  43. Lovely John
  44. Jayne Miner