Bernard John Wren "Bernie"

Bernard John Wren “Bernie”

East Herkimer, New York – Bernard John Wren “Bernie” passed away unexpectedly on December 7, 2022. He was a long-time resident of Main Road in East Herkimer. He was 62 years old.

Bernie was born on the Fourth of July, 1960, and to say he was a firecracker would be an understatement. He graduated from Herkimer High School in 1980 and spent his entire life in the beautiful Mohawk Valley. He was a loyal member of the St. Francis de Sales Church in Herkimer, where he regularly attended mass on Saturday nights. He resided at the Nathan Galinsky Apartments in Herkimer, where he was always lending a hand to any resident who needed help.

You could always find Bernie at Stewarts every morning, drinking hot chocolate and playing a few scratch-off games. Bingo on Tuesday night at Galinsky Apartments will not be the same without Bernie. Painting on canvas became a passion of Bernie’s later in life and he built up a very extensive collection. The family will be sharing all those paintings with you at his memorial service next year.

Bernie was also a great athlete. An avid basketball and tennis player. He earned many awards over the years playing basketball for the NYS Special Olympic Team, where he competed in tournaments all over New York State. He once told his brother that he had more gold medals than Michael Phelps. Bernie will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Bernie was predeceased by his father, Thomas Wren, in 1986 and his mother, Carol Wren, in 2021. He is survived by his many siblings; Gary (Sue) Wren of Redding, CA, Beverly (Rick) Spuhler of Oswego, NY, Kathleen MacCreery, Janice (Rick) Briggs of Goffstown, NH, Theresa (David) Battisti of St. Johnsville, NY, Thomas Wren Jr of East Herkimer, NY, Patrick (Sharon) Wren of Duanesburg, NY, and Daniel (Connie) Wren of East Herkimer, NY as well as his Aunt Joan, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family is planning a celebration of Bernie’s life sometime during the Summer of 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bernie’s name to the NYS Special Olympics. Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. Please visit to share memories or offer condolences.