Tulare cemetery hires new district director
Through it all, Bernardo had a reserved face compared to his last foray into public life during his campaign for the District 1 seat on Tulare City Council. Bernardo challenged incumbent President Jose Sigala for the seat in the November election, and although his candidacy was not successful, Bernardo’s passion for Tulare certainly came to the fore in the September 17 online forum. hosted by The Sun-Gazette, Tulare County Realtors Association and Women Council of Realtors.
“Truth be told, some of these people have to sit down, shut up and listen to the citizens,” Bernardo said at the forum.
This is exactly what Bernardo said she intended to do for the cemetery district.
The cemetery district holds a special place in Bernardo’s heart because his son is buried in the north cemetery. Casey Bernardo, 22, and his cousin, Giovanni Ramirez, 16, were both killed in a car crash in September 2019 near Hanford. Casey was an outstanding athlete at Tulare Western High School before graduating in 2014. Ramirez was a junior and also played football for the Mustangs.
Bernardo said the loss of his son was heartbreaking, but being able to oversee his final resting place will help bring him some peace.
“My son brought my heart here,” Bernardo said. “I am delighted to bring this heart back to this place. “