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“Many fond memories of years gone by. Rest in heaven my friend. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Dana Fall - Mishawaka, IN

“I was so sad to hear of Bret's passing. He was never without a friendly smile, good conversation and laughs. Rest In Peace, Bret ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Linda Vigorito-Jordan - Grapevine, TX

“When Bret first moved to Florida and started working at Largo PD, he needed a place to stay and I needed a roommate. He lived with me for a while...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Whitby - Largo, FL - Friend

“Bernie was a good friend snd coworker. Always had a smile on his face. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Larry Iobannisci - Floral city, FL

“I'm so sorry for your loss! Brett sounded like an amazing man and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are always with you all. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Hlinka - Longwood, FL

“RIP Brett, you were a good friend, always going out of your way for anyone. I'll miss reconnecting with you on the yearly MAN trip. I'm gonna miss...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Brian Devitt - Clermont, FL

“RIP Brett. It was a pleasure to have known you. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Meredith Moran - Largo, FL

“Brett RIP Thanks for the memories I enjoyed working with you. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Frank Sherwood - Belleair Bluffs, FL

“Forever in our hearts... ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Pam Schneider - Tarpon Springs, FL

“My heart is shattered Bret...you have been my family for 22 years since meeting Stan. I will never forget the many holidays, birthdays and vacations...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Pam Schneider - Tarpon Springs, FL

“One of the best friends I ever had. Would go out of his way for you. You will be Missed Brett. See you on the other side. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Toni LaTorre - Clearwater, FL

“I was shocked to hear of Brett passing. We rode bikes quite often. my one memory of Brett was my wife liked the snow and he told me to get her a post...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Lynne and Paul Fullerton - FL

“We will sure miss you - great friend - someone you can always count on.Lots of good times ! ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Don and Marilyn Morrison - FL

“The many fond and funny memories of Brett (aka Eddie) will never leave my heart. Brett was truly a remarkable person and will sorely be missed. God...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Will Shoemaker - Clermont, FL

“Brett will be truly missed. He always had a smile on his face. Was always so friendly and kind. My heart has been heavy since hearing of his passing....Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Amanda Overall - Longwood, FL

“Oh Bret, our birthday parties, holiday parties, Christmas Eve dinners will never be the same... We will leave your place setting always open for you...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Daniel and Jane Kulics - Apopka, FL


Barnett Louis Bernoff December 25, 1947-March 16, 2017

Barnett "Bret" Bernoff passed away after being involed in a motorcycle crash in Volusia County, Florida on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Bret was born in Manhattan, New York to Kathryn Kopack and Jacob Bernoff on December 25, 1947. Bret graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. After graduation, Bret was a reporter with the South Bend Tribune until 1977. While a reporter, Bret worked the "police beat" in Mishawaka where he developed his love of law enforcement.

Bret began his law enforcement career with the Mishawaka Police Department on January 16, 1977. Throughout his career, he worked in different areas and achieved the rank of Division Chief. He retired from the Mishawaka Police Department on June 3, 1998.

From February 2, 1998, until September 22, 2000, Bret was a police officer with the Largo Police Department in Largo, Florida. From September 25, 2000, until September 2, 2010, Bret was employed as a deputy sheriff with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. After 33 years of service, he retired from law enforcement.

Bret was a member of Mishawaka FOP Lodge 91, a past member of the Sun Coast PBA, a member of the Mishawaka Lodge 130 Free and Accepted Masons, and also a past member of The Shriners.

Bret was preceded in death by his parents and also good friends, Tom Connolly, and Jeff Carnell. Bret leaves behind many friends, some of which he considered family. One of his closest was Robert Baxter; his wife, Jill; and kids, Sophie (age 10), and Reed (age 4) of Apopka, Florida; Stan Schneider; his wife, Pam; and kids, Lucas (age 18) and Kelsie (age 28) of Tarpon Springs, Florida; and Dorothy Waggoner of South Bend, Indiana.

Bret split his time between living in Altamonte Springs, Florida and South Bend, Indiana. Bret's passions included motorcycles, classic muscle and sports cars, and attending motor events throughout the country. Bret brought joy and laughter to many and will be greatly missed.

A viewing will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hahn Funeral Home 505 West 8th St, Mishawaka, Indiana 46544, with a service at the same location on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Procession to follow to the hero section at the Southlawn Cemetery 61300 U.S. 31 South Bend, Indiana 46614. In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate