1964 – September 6, 2014
Bernard George Yvon was born in Old Town, Maine, and was the only beloved son of Dr. Bernard and Gail (nee Curry) Yvon. Bernie graduated from Old Town High School and Northwestern University, and began an illustrious musical theater career in Chicago, which became and remained his home. Not only did he light up stages all across the country, with theatrical roles including Max in "Cabaret," Harry Houdini in the first national tour of "Ragtime," Bert in "Mary Poppins," Harold Hill in "The Music Man," Horton in "Seussical," Benny in "Guys and Dolls," Erik in "Grand Hotel," Avi in "History Loves Company," and roles in "Beauty and the Beast," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "The Merry Widow," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and "The Visit," in venues including Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, the Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on Broadway in Frank Galati's production of "Ragtime." Bernie was the loving partner of Matt Raftery, cherished brother of JoAnn Yvon (Nate) Eberle and Renee Yvon (Ralph) Napolitano, treasured "son-in-law" of Michael and Ginny Raftery, adored "brother-in-law" of Anne (Leo) Raftery Cassidy, Maureen Raftery, Erin (Scott) Raftery Deluga and Danny Raftery, adored uncle to his nieces and nephews, dear cousin of many and loved by innumerable friends.