Bernie, age 96, died of natural causes, peacefully and with family at his bedside, early on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020. A man of faith, compassion, intellect, humor and generosity, he will always be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Anna (Uhas) DePrimo, his sister Mildred (Sister Christa IHM) DePrimo, and his loving wife of 52 years, Dorothy Jean (MacAulay) DePrimo. Bernie as born in the small mining town of Eleanor, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1924, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan after the family moved west. He graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School in 1942. While attending his first semester at the University of Detroit, Bernie was called to serve his country during World War II. He answered the call and served in the Army’s 430th AAA AW Battalion, Company “C” in the European Theatre of Operations. His company landed in Normandy on D-day (+4) in June 1945. He witnessed the liberation of Paris in September of that year. After the war, he attended Aquinas College, completing his undergraduate studies and earning his BA in Philosophy. He met his future wife, Dorothy (Dottie) and they were married in September of 1948 at St. James Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. Moving from Grand Rapids to South Bend, Indiana, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and earned his MA in Philosophy in 1956. Bernie’s first teaching post was at a small Catholic college, Benedictine Heights, in Tulsa, Oklahoma (from 1956 to 1961). From there, he moved with his wife and 5 children to Detroit to teach at Mercy College (from 1960 to 1964). He was offered and gladly accepted a professorship at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids where he taught (from 1964 through 1968). He continued his teaching career at Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC), retiring in 1986. Bernie was well respected and loved by both students and colleagues every step of the way. Bernie was an avid, lifelong reader of the classics, historical fiction and nonfiction, crime/detective novels, newspapers, periodicals . . . A music lover, his tastes ranged from big band through contemporary and when queried some years ago, he lauded Sir Paul McCartney as a musical genius. A singer himself, his rich and vibrant tenor could generally be heard at mass on Sundays, though in his time, he was known to enliven a holiday gathering or two. He was also a staunch “Fightin’ Irish” football fan, and there were many exciting Saturday trips to South Bend, which were augmented by his pride for his alma mater. Bernie loved to travel and was able to enjoy many tours of Europe, the United Kingdom, Italy (Sicily) and the Caribbean. He was never more energized than when planning his overseas excursions; it was a joy to observe. He is survived by his loving friend and companion, Marilyn Gillette; his six children, Charles (Lisa) DePrimo, Sally (John) Boguslawski, Thomas DePrimo, Robert (Sally) DePrimo, Teresa (Norm) Rainbolt, and William DePrimo. He was blessed with 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson. The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to the frontline, administrative, and support staff of Covenant Living of the Great Lakes and Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods for the loving and expert care that was provided to Bernie through the years. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a mass and celebration of life memorial will be held at a later date.