John Paul Bernicky

John Paul Bernicky, a lifelong Waukesha resident, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at age of 55. John was born to Paul (Jan) and Mary McGoun (John, deceased) in 1958, the third of what was to become a brood of seven.

Since he was born while his father attended Marquette, it was a given that John was a lifelong Marquette fan.

When John was 12, it was time to get started in the working life.

He spent the next seven years working on the Fred Gygax farm, which is the modern-day site of Waukesha West High School. This was the start of Johnís love affair with working on lawns, as that was one of his many chores on the farm. It was also the start of working 12 hour days, 6 days a week when the weather allowed. Agricultural child labor laws were a little more relaxed in those days. John loved working and loved the farm. His senior year of high school, John cut into his farming time to play football for the Blackshirts.

In addition to the farm, sports would become Johnís overriding addiction for the rest of his life. He played and coached softball in Waukesha from the time he turned 16 until now. Loved every minute of it.

After two years of college, John took a job as a machinist at Riverside Tool & Die in Waukesha. Riverside merged into Accurate Products, which recently was sold to Harken Manufacturing. After 36 years, John was still machining away. In the early 80ís, John started building his legacy, which is his three children, Annie, Jenny and Jared. John was the consummate doting father, which never ended, but over the last 10 years also came to include being a doting grandfather to 8.5 grandchildren and his son-in-law, Sergio, and daughter-in-law, Krysta. With the advent of grandchildren, John earned the moniker of ďPupa John,Ē which he will be fondly remembered as.

Johnís family was the center of the universe, but his universe also included being a friend and neighbor to every single person he met. As a lifelong Waukesha resident with his welcoming personality, John was friends with at least 50 percent of the city. The man had a heart of pure gold, and he was there for anyone who had a need.

Seven years ago, John started a hobby, which grew to a side business called Bernicky Lawn Enforcement.

John loved his customers and loved the work. A new way to make more friends, with the side benefit of lawn care and snow plowing. His other hobby was the Brewers, Packers and Warriors (oops), with a side order of Bucks and Badgers. There was no sports statistic or game history that John did not know. One of the few people known that taped all the Brewers games while he worked second shift, so that he could watch them when he got home.

He will be sadly missed by his loving children and in-laws, Annie, Jenny and Sergio Sandoval and Jared and Krysta. He will leave heartbroken grandchildren: Jayden, Jada, Cesar, Mia, Sergio, Bella, Brooklynn, Lola and a player to be named later. John left his parents Paul (Jan) and Mary far too soon. The siblings, who have known him all, or most of his life, will carry great memories and heavy hearts.

They are Mike (Jeannie), Mark (Shari), Paul (Laurie), Karen (Shane) Squires, Lynn (Lee) Schuster, and Julie (Mike) Meehean. The 14 nieces and nephews will miss his smiling face and warm heart. The huge number of folks that John counted as friends and relatives have lost a truly great friend.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Maryís Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Father Howard Haase will preside. Burial at Prairie Home Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated.