Bernard “Bernie” Carlton Getty, 91, of Salem, peacefully passed away at Elmbrook Village in Bozrah, CT on March 7, 2021. He went to be with the Lord and reunited with his family and his recently deceased grandson Kristofer Getty. Born February 28, 1930 in Quaker Hill, Connecticut; he was the son of the late Edward and Mamie (Young) Getty, he was predeceased by his parents, 10 siblings, and his grandson. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Elizabeth (Day) Getty, and will be deeply missed by his two sons and their wives Larry and Mary Ellen Getty, Gary and Linda Getty, and his daughter Linda Getty; his grandchildren Victoria (Getty) and Michael Sullivan, Joshua Getty, Melissa Getty, Miranda Getty, and Jacob and Jenna (Wood) Getty; and his great grandchildren Hannah and Hunter Sullivan who he truly adored. Bernie was a very special person and he loved his family very much. He had his own construction company for most of his life. He sold sand and gravel and was known for his good business practices, if you bought 10 cubic yards, you would get 11. He was a very hardworking businessman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, haying his fields, restoring antique tractors, watching Nascar and his favorite team the Boston Red Sox. He loved listening to country music and the oldies. He loved spending time with his family and watching his two great grandchildren play. Bernie was a regular at car shows and would take his 1953 Pontiac Chieftain classic car to various shows, where he won enough trophies to fill his rec room. After facing some serious health issues, he took residence at Elmbrook Village assisted living in 2019. He was loved and blessed to be cared for as if he were family to them. We truly appreciate them for all they did and how they loved him. We are all very thankful to have had him in our lives and loved him so very much. Bernie was truly a remarkable man—he cared and loved his family and made us laugh with his sayings, poems, and songs. His smile was kind and warm. He always would refer to himself as a “tough old rooster” and he was that till the very end. A funeral service will be held at a later date in May of 2021. For online condolences and information regarding services please visit the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral home at www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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