Thomas “Big Tom” Bernich, 62, of Morehead City, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport.

His service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Munden Funeral Home.

Big Tom was known throughout the community as the “Scrapping Man.” When others considered items as junk medal, he considered them a treasure.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Rossie Bernich of the home; daughters, Marianna Bernich Herrera and husband Adrian of Newport and Keleisha Maldonado and husband Santos of Charlotte; sons, Brandon Bernich and Tommy Bernich Jr., both of Newport; brothers, Barry Bernich and Frank Bernich, both of California; grandchildren, Sophia Maldonado, Jonathan Herrera Bernich, Jessica Maldonado, Thalia Maldonado, Aniya Herrera Bernich and Marc Thomas Maldonado; and his special dogs, Reco and Baby Girl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Marianne Bernich.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be sent to Munden Funeral Home, c/o the “Bernich Family,” made payable to Munden’s and sent to 2112 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557.

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

(Paid obituary)

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