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Deacon Bernier Mayo

Deacon Bernier Mayo of Corpus Christi Parish in St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville and Danville died Aug. 14 at the age of 78.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on Feb. 24, 1938, the son of Francis and Dometille (Bernier) Mayo. 

 He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1956 then attended the University of Vermont and the seminary at the University of Montreal. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from UVM and a master's degree from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

In 1964 he became an English teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy. 

He and the former Jeanette Pike were married in 1965.  

He became headmaster at the School of the Holy Child on Long Island in 1972. In 1976, the Mayos moved to northern Virginia, where he served as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Arlington. In 1978 he accepted a position as superintendent of schools in Gouverneur, N.Y. During this time, he began studies to become a deacon in the Catholic Church. He was ordained in 1983.

The Mayos returned to St. Johnsbury when he was appointed headmaster of St. Johnsbury Academy. He helped found Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury, served in the Vermont State Senate and was principal of St. Paul School in Barton.

Deacon Mayo is survived by his wife, Jeanette; daughter Erin Mayo and husband Peter Gurnis of Fryeburg, Maine, and grandchildren Musa, Maeve and Gunnar; daughter Darcy Dugas and husband Scott of Guilford, Conn., and grandchildren Andre, Molly and Parker; two brothers, John and Michael Mayo of St. Johnsbury; a sister, Marceline Nadeau of Lancaster, N.H.; nieces, nephews and their extended families.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church on Aug. 19.
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