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Bernard Haynie “Bernie” Ticer

Bernard Haynie “Bernie” Ticer

FALLS CHURCH—Bernard Haynie “Bernie” Ticer passed away peacefully in Falls Church on January 6, 2024, after courageously fighting a long illness.

He was born on June 23, 1955, to Paul and Donna Ticer. Bernie grew up in Kilmarnock. He was married to Pamela West and is survived by her and their three children, Margie Ticer Baumann of Madison, Miss., Marshall Ticer of Falls Church and April Ticer of Gloucester; and his grandson, Ticer Baumann. 

Bernie attended the College of William and Mary before graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He then attended Tulane University School of Law where he was a member of the law review and graduated Order of the Coif. 

Bernie began a long and successful career practicing maritime law briefly in Houston, Texas, and then in New Orleans, La., for over 32 years with the law firm of Burke and Mayer (and its successor Baldwin Haspel Burke and Mayer). His father, Paul Ticer, and uncle, Loyd Ticer, both had long careers as merchant marines and this family connection to the shipping industry inspired Bernie’s specialty in maritime law. Bernie truly enjoyed the practice of law and litigating cases with his partners and associates for so many years. 

Bernie was a voracious reader and a master of all things trivia. With an undergraduate degree in history, his knowledge of ancient, medieval and modern history would amaze all of his friends and family. Bernie had the memory of an elephant and could recall the most interesting of details when recounting historical events of interest. 

Bernie enjoyed working with his hands and making things for others. Bernie was a skilled amateur woodworker that loved piddling around in his woodworking shop. Bernie gifted his creations to his family and friends for special occasions. Bernie had the heart of a child on Christmas day and it was widely known Christmas was Bernie’s favorite holiday. He reveled in being surrounded by his friends and family and took great pleasure in getting everyone that special little something. Everyone who knew him will miss his eminent kindness, his dry but apt sense of humor, and his great jokes, especially, the Boudreaux jokes he told in his perfect Bayou-Twang. 

Bernie was a cub-scout leader who enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with his son. He was a great guide in the wilderness and always had extra pocket knives, flashlights and quirky survival tools that made being outside in Mother Nature fun and inspirational. His love of Christmas and pocket knives meant that every year each of his children received at least one new pocket knife in their stockings! 

He was familiar with the Native American connection to the land and there is no land he had a stronger connection to than the Northern Neck of Virginia. Bernie leaves his family his Wicomico river home and fishing tackle. 

In addition to Pamela and his children, Bernie leaves behind his cousins, Nancy and Richard Stodardt, Kathy and Irv Anthony; his nephews, Ed Maal and Pedro Maal; his nieces, Nusa Maal, Bonnie May and Mollie Hava; his great-nieces, Amma Maal and Kyra King; his great-nephews, Kai King, Daniil and Samuel Maal; as well as three sisters-in-law, Susan West, Sharon West and Patty West. 

Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, January 13, at the Wicomico Methodist Church, 4764 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Heathsville. Bernie was buried next to his mother and father where he has always wanted to be. 

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Bernie’s love of many pets over the years, please make a donation to the Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter, 11703 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA 22473.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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