Douglas James Bernelis

douglas bernelis
Douglas James Bernelis, 28, of Bay City, our vibrant and rambunctious son, father, brother, and most loyal friend passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Douglas, known by many of his friends as “Dougie Fresh” and “Dougie” to his family was born in Bay City on September 16, 1988, the son of William and Colleen (Stuckey) Bernelis. Dougie enjoyed skateboarding, video games, and most of all, spending time with his friends. He was the life of the party and his presence alone would light up the entire room. Dougie will be deeply missed, but lovingly remembered by all the lives he touched. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beautiful daughter, Leah Bernelis; mother, Colleen Bernelis; father, Bill Bernelis; sister, Amber Bernelis; the love of his life and soulmate and Leah's mother, Crystal Swartz, along with his grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Dougie’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of his 1:00 PM Tribute Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family, c/o Colleen Bernelis. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at The family requests those in attendance to please wear jeans to best honor Dougie's life.

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  1. I’m so sorry you have struggled with this for over 10 years. I wish there was a way I could change things but that’s not how life goes. Looking back at the photos of growing up I remember how you used to be before the drugs took you over and I will miss you a lot, I hope that you are done with your suffering. I love you

  2. Though my words do little I hope my prayers will help you at this difficult time. Sorry for the loss of your son.

  3. So sorry for your lost, there are no words one can say to you and your family at this time.Just know that god is there for your prayers and your family is in our prayers. Dale

  4. Colleen:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    May your son be out of pain and free from suffering; may he rest in peace.

  5. Colleen,so sorry for the profound loss of your son. My heart goes out to you. Many prayers for family given.

  6. Colleen, So sorry to hear of your son’s passing. My heart goes out to you. I will keep you in my prayers.

  7. Colleen, So sorry to learn of your son’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find Peace knowing that we care.

  8. Colleen and family, you have my sincere sympathy in the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Memories, well we’ve shared a few huh big guy, I can’t believe this…It just breaks my heart we’ve had several deep conversations Doug I wish just one of those would have sunken in…So bright so funny such a good soul you’ll forever be in my heart and my thoughts as I watch your Daughter grow older…Forever and always …Cuddle muffin. ?

  10. “So Sorry to hear about the loss of your son Colleen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”

  11. May the memories of the good times get you and the family through this hard time..
    My prayers are w the family and friends

  12. U will never b forgotten brother so till we run into each other agin stay up i know ur in a better place much love. Shane

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