Joseph Alphonsus Bernard

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The Honourable
Joseph Alphonse Bernard
16th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
In office
May 30, 1945 – October 4, 1950
Monarch George VI
Governor General The Earl of Athlone
The Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Premier J. Walter Jones
Preceded by Bradford William LePage
Succeeded by Thomas William Lemuel Prowse
MLA (Assemblyman) for 1st Prince
In office
September 15, 1943 – May 30, 1945
Preceded by Aeneas Gallant
Succeeded by Clarence Morrissey
Personal details
Born (1881-03-27)March 27, 1881
Tignish, Prince Edward Island
Died September 7, 1962(1962-09-07) (aged 81)
Sherwood, Prince Edward Island
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Zoe Chiasson (m. 1909)
Relations Stanislaus Francis Perry (maternal grandfather)
Augustin Gallant (son-in-law)
Children Timothy, Letitia (Tish), Walter, Edith, Marcella, Elphege (Lefty), Joan, Harold, Cecil, Omer, Raphael (Ralph), Gloria, Norma, and four others who died in infancy: Joseph Theodore (1910), Catherine Ann Marie (1911-1916), Theodore Stanislaus (1912), and Joseph Benedict (1921-1923))
Residence Tignish, Prince Edward Island
Occupation clerk and merchant
Profession Politician

Joseph Alphonse Bernard (March 27, 1881 – September 7, 1962[1]), which later evolved into the anglicized Joseph Alphonsus, was the 16th and first Acadian Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, serving between 1945 and 1950.

Born on March 27, 1881 in Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Bernard was the son of Acadians Theodore Bernard and Anne Perry, who was the daughter of Stanislaus Francis Perry.[1] He received his education in Tignish and in various locations on the island.

On September 21, 1909, he married Zoë Chiasson of Tignish and they had thirteen children. He was a merchant and served as President of the Tignish Merchants Association. He was the Chairman of the Tignish Library and also Civilian Recruiting Director.

A member of the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island, Bernard was elected on September 15, 1943 to represent the district of 1st Prince in the Provincial Legislature. He was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island on May 30, 1945 and served until October 4, 1950.

He died at a nursing home in Sherwood at the age of 81.[1]

His daughter Marcella married Augustin Gallant.


  1. ^ a b c Weeks, Blair (2002). Minding the House: A Biographical Guide to Prince Edward Island MLAs. Acorn Press. ISBN 1-894838-01-7.