MASSENA -- Bernard (Barney) E. Marrin of Bluffton, South Carolina, formerly of Massena, passed away at age 94, on February 8, 2018 at the NHC Nursing Home in Bluffton where he had been a patient since November, 2017.
He was born in Alma, Michigan to Charles and Esther Marrin on December 6, 1923. He graduated from Alma High School and attended Michigan State University for one year before being drafted into the Army in 1942. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Parachute Infantry Division serving in the European Theater during World War ll. During the Battle of the Bulge, in Germany, he was shot, wounded, and taken Prisoner of War by the Nazis. He was first reported captured on February 7, 1945 and was imprisoned for two months. He received the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged.
Bernard returned brieﬂy to Michigan before moving to Long island, New York to work at Pilgrim State Hospital in Central slip. While working at the hospital, he met his future wife, Natalie J. MacDonald of Canton, New York. The two were married in Canton on October 9, 1948, at the United Methodist Church. The couple moved back to Michigan where Bernard was employed by the Tulip City Duck Farm in Holland, Michigan. They later moved back to Canton where he was employed by the A&P Food Market and eventually to Massena, New York after the Reynolds Metals Aluminum Plant opened. He was employed there for twenty-seven years, retiring as a supervisor in 1986.
Bernard was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Charles and Lawrence; and three sisters, Beatrice, Joyce, and Jean.
He is survived by his wife, Natalie; a daughter, Cheryl Ferrell of Bluffton, SC; two sons, Randall (Julie) of Watertown, and Jeffrey (Sandra) of Massena; along with six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bernard was a lifetime member of VFW Post #1143, the American Legion, and the AMVETS.
There will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial will be held in the Massena Center Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions, in Bernard’s name, may be made to the VFW Post #1143; 101 W. Hatfield St, Massena, NY 13662.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.PhillipsMemorial.com