Bernardino C. Guerrieri, a retired housing inspector and retired Army sergeant, died Saturday from stroke complications at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 86.
Mr. Guerrieri was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pa., the son of Italian immigrant parents. He joined the Army in 1942 and during World War II served in the European theater.
After the war, he remained in the Army and completed tours in Africa, France, Korea, Guam and Germany. He retired from the Army in 1966 with the rank of sergeant.
Mr. Guerrieri worked for several years as a supervisor at Enjay Fibers and Laminates in Odenton, before becoming a civilian employee of the Army and working as a housing inspector at Fort Meade. He retired in 1975.
Mr. Guerrieri enjoyed sports, making his own wine and eating fine Italian food, family members said.
He also was a fitness advocate who routinely did 60 push-ups, 40 sit-ups, took long walks and mowed his own lawn.
He was a member of the Odenton Senior Center and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, also in Odenton.
"He maintained a tough exterior at times but was a vibrant, caring man who had a soft spot for all family members and any underdog," said a daughter, Monica Hawse of Davidsonville.
Services were yesterday.
Also surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Kathe Arndt; a son, Michael Guerrieri of Bowie; two other daughters, Rose Baker of Bel Air and Teresa Guerrieri of Indialantic, Fla., and six grandchildren.