Essex — Jayne Murray Bernier, 59, of Essex, formerly of Rockport, and beloved wife of Arthur T. Bernier Jr. of Essex, formerly of Rockport, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014, following a long battle with cancer.
The daughter of the late Robert H. and June (Ellis) Murray, she was born on August 22, 1954. She was raised in Rockport and attended Rockport Public Schools, graduating from Rockport High School, Class of 1972. She then began a long and successful career in banking, working first for Cape Ann Bank & Trust Co., and later as a vice president and manager in retail banking for Beverly National Bank, Danversbank, and most recently, People’s United Bank. She was also a 1998 graduate of the New England School of Banking at Williams College. A devoted wife and mother, she enjoyed homemaking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. As a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace, she became known for the many beautiful customized wedding ceremonies she performed for couples throughout the North Shore.
In addition to her husband, Arthur, she is survived by her three children, Arthur T. Bernier III and Lauren Murray Bernier, both of Asheville, N.C., and Alexander E. Bernier of Denver, Colo.; her granddaughter, Emma Jaremsek of Asheville; her brother, Robert A. Murray and his partner, Debra Norton, both of Rockport; her brother, Peter E. Murray of Rockport; her father-in-law, Arthur T. Bernier Sr. of Burlington, Vt.; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leslie and Michael Leary of Lexington; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Stephanie and Richard Yirikian of Winchester; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Christopher and Karen Bernier of Essex; her sister-in-law, Helen Chiasson of Winchester; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Maria Bernier of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.