The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Trib­utes to High­land oil worker and father

Tragedy: 61-year-old died from a heart at­tack in Azer­bai­jan

- BY CHRIS MACLEN­NAN Energy · Industries · Azerbaijan · Inverness · Baku · Indonesia

An oil worker from the High­lands who died sud­denly in Azer­bai­jan has been re­mem­bered as a “cheeky char­ac­ter” and a “kind bloke”.

Christophe­r Bernardi, orig­i­nally from In­ver­ness, died in Baku where he worked as a scaf­fold­ing man­ager in the oil and gas in­dus­try.

The cause of his death has since been es­tab­lished as a heart at­tack.

Mr Bernardi, who was 61, at­tended St Joseph’s Pri­mary School be­fore pro­gress­ing to Mill­burn Academy.

He left the High­lands to pur­sue a ca­reer in the en­ergy in­dus­try which took him all over the world, in­clud­ing to Batam in In­done­sia, where he would stay with his part­ner Ella.

Mr Bernardi was a well­known face around the High­land cap­i­tal and was a keen foot­baller and golfer, play­ing for Clach­nacud­din boys be­fore a host of am­a­teur and wel­fare sides in In­ver­ness.

His for­mer foot­ball coach Billy Cor­bett said that if he had not moved away for work, he could have played at a high level in the High­land game.

Mr Cor­bett said he was dev­as­tated to hear of Mr Bernardi’s pass­ing and said he al­ways had a smile on his face and “was great to be in com­pany with”.

“He was a cheeky char­ac­ter but such a kind bloke,” he added.

Mr Bernardi’s sis­ter, Rose McInnes, paid trib­ute to her brother.

Mrs Mcinnes said: “He was so well-liked and so well known.

“He was full of mis­chief and al­ways smil­ing.

“You could never dream up all the lit­tle tricks he used to do – no­body was safe.

“His son Scott was the ap­ple of his eye. He was ev­ery­thing to Chris.

“Chris got Scott started into the oil in­dus­try and he was so proud of him.

“It was al­ways a happy time in Chris’s com­pany.”

Mr Bernardi’s fam­ily have said they are in the process of car­ry­ing out repa­tri­a­tion be­fore

“He was a cheeky char­ac­ter but such a kind bloke”

ar­range­ments for his fu­neral will be broad­cast to al­low friends to pay their re­spects.

Mrs McInnes told of her brother’s kind­ness which would of­ten en­tail pro­vid­ing for oth­ers in any way he could.

“He was so gen­er­ous and kind but wasn’t one for broad­cast­ing it around.

“He would keep a tin of change and, once it was full, he would take it into work and give it to his su­per­vi­sor to give to his lit­tle boy.

“That was Chris, so kind­hearted.”

Mr Bernardi leaves be­hind a part­ner in Ella, son Scott and daugh­terin-law Kim, sis­ter Rose, broth­ers Frank, Ray and Ron­nie and an ex­tended fam­ily.

 ??  ?? FAM­ILY: Christophe­r Bernardi with his sis­ter Rose McInnes, who has paid trib­ute
FAM­ILY: Christophe­r Bernardi with his sis­ter Rose McInnes, who has paid trib­ute

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