James A. Bernardi, age 68

of Pembroke

James A. Bernardi, age 68

James A. Bernardi, age 68, of Pembroke, died peacefully, Monday, March 4, 2024 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in the comfort of his loving family.

James was born in Boston, to the late Battista and Felicita (Selvaggio) Bernardi. Raised in West Quincy, he was a graduate of the former Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston. He earned an Associate degree from MassBay Community College.

Jim lived in Pembroke for twenty-three years, previously in Weymouth, and earlier in Quincy.

Jim was employed as a realtor and was associated with eXp Realty for the past five years. Prior to that, he was associated with Kelley & Rege Properties, Inc. As a young man, Jim taught Business English at Time Life Magazine and the Mitsubishi Corporation in Osaka, Japan, where he met his wife, Keiko.

A man of faith, Jim was an active member of the Pilgrim Reformed Bible Church in Plymouth. He was also active in the John Birch Society and the National Rifle Association.

Jim had a passion for food. He also had a deep interest in history, Japanese culture, and was fluent in Japanese.

Beloved husband for forty years of Keiko (Morishita) Bernardi.

Devoted father of Anthony J. Bernardi and his wife Catherine of West Roxbury.

Loving grandfather of Colette E., Pia M., and Valerie V. Bernardi.

Dear brother of Mary Davidson of Brockton.

Jim is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Nobue Morishita and Kayoko Kawakami of Japan, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, March 11, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. Dr. Robert J. Burrelli, Jr., Pastor of the Pilgrim Reformed Bible Church in Plymouth, will officiate. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in James’ memory may be made to the Pilgrim Reformed Bible Church, 363 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360.


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  • So sorry for your loss. Praise God he is in the presence our savior. I will continue to pray for Jim’s family while they go through this loss.

    Love you Keiko

  • So sorry for your loss. Jim’s now with the angels!

  • Jim was the best!
    He always had time to say hello and speak of his love of Christ.
    He surely will be missed.

  • Jim is a man of great faith, integrity, and a patriot. He loves his family and value the people that he worked with.

    James is now in a better place.
    May the love of our loving Saviour, Jesus Christ comfort you all at this difficult time.

  • Our family’s love for Jim began 52 years ago in a dojo in North Quincy. That love grew when we met Keiko 40 years ago, and stronger still when Tony was born. They saw us off to Dallas 38 years ago and were here when we got home. We have been blessed to have them in our lives for so many years. We take great comfort in the truth that someday we will see Jim again in Glory!

  • The world has lost a truly precious person. Jim always cared about those around him, and worked hard to make people laugh with his jokes. He also took a serious stance against the wrongs in the world, engaging with them in anger and striving to improve society with a genuine humanity. While it may be that he had another mission under God, the loss for us who remain is too great. However, supporting Keiko, who is left behind, is the role of those of us who have gathered here through fate. We believe that Jim is now happy with God.

  • Rest in Peace James. May God have mercy on your soul, and watch over your family and friends. I was very honored to have known Jim and enjoyed the times our families spent together.


    Bob Lewis

  • Memory eternal cousin. May your family be comforted with their memories

  • I am so taken back and saddened by Jim’s passing. I met Jim as his Coach in a Real Estate Company we both worked at. He was one of my most unique and entertaining Coaching Clients that I’ve ever had. He was always sharing with me his passion for his wife, his family, for his Church, for his Japanese knowledge and connections and for all of what was possible for his life and business. As time passed, I could always count on a call from him every once in awhile, sharing with me the many updates of all of what was going on in his world. I’m sure he blessed many with his strong faith, as he did me. I will remember him fondly.