WARREN, Ohio – Joseph Bergin, 90, of Warren, Ohio, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Cleveland Clinic.
Joseph Bergin, known to all as “Scotty,” was born May 12, 1927. His parents were from Ireland and he was raised in Scotland in the city of Falkirk.
That is where he met his life-long sweetheart, Frances and they made plans to move to America and both made the journey towards the end of 1949. They were married upon arriving in the states in 1950 and would have celebrated their 67th anniversary on June 16. He was a loving father of eight children, 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He worked at Bridgeport Brass in Adrian, Michigan, for several years before transferring to Warren, Ohio, working for Alcan Aluminum. He worked as a millwright/maintenance mechanic until his retirement.
After retiring, he enjoyed making chili sauce in the early morning hours daily at the Hot Dog Shoppe for many years.
He was a devout Catholic throughout his life and often attended a couple of masses daily at various churches throughout Warren. Joseph and Frances were able to send all eight children through Catholic Schools. He was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus council #620 and took pride each year in erecting the life size nativity scene for all to enjoy as they drove past the council building. He considered himself blessed to visit the Holy Land during Lenten-Easter season.
Over the years, Scotty, close friends and family catered many events and weddings making his famous “Scotty’s chicken” that everyone loved. He and wife Frances also supported and helped with booster support and activities at St. Mary’s and John F. Kennedy High School.
Scotty always had a joke and a laugh, never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. In his later years, he volunteered at various hospitals walking the halls with the refreshment cart. He also looked forward to playing Santa Claus for hundreds of children and adults for many years at various events, parties and retirement homes in the area.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Bergin; five daughters, Elizabeth (Nick) Cilfone from Oxford, Michigan, Patricia (John) Bergin-Lytton from Tijeras, New Mexico, Maureen (Anthony) Russo from Howland, Ohio, Carolyn (William) Gilliam from Sugar Grove, Ohio, Bridget (Clint) Bergin-Floyd from Southington, Ohio and two sons, Joseph (Bonnie) Bergin from Warren, Ohio and Michael Bergin from Mooresville, North Carolina.
Proceeded in death by his parents; a daughter, Barbara Billock; a sister and a brother.
Family and friends may call Monday, June 12, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 12, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Warren, Ohio, with Rev. Bernard Schmalzried officiating.
Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joseph’s name to St. Mary’s Church, 232 Seneca Street, Warren, Ohio 44481
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to sign the guest book and send condolences to the Bergin family.