Mid-1970s: Brute Bernard returned to The Sheik’s Detroit territory where he wrestled as “The Brute”..
Brute Bernard moved to the Carolinas and continued to wrestle into the 1980s..
July 14, 1984: Brute Bernard died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Charlotte (Allegedly, he was “cleaning his gun”)..
Greg Kelly wrote: I was browsing through some old Aussie Piledriver mags today & I’d forgotten that Brute Bernard was billed here as being in the words of Slammin’ Sammy Menacker “from the wilds of Canada Nova Scotia”
Doctor Steve from Tennessee wrote: I worked at WRAL-TV in the ’70s and we taped Wide World of Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling there every Wednesday. The Crocketts had contracted to have Brute Bernard come and do a show with us, and I was full of trepidation, having watched him as a kid decimate his enemies, never uttering a word other than a guttural growl. I knew this guy would just be scary and probably a lot of trouble.
So there I was at the bottom of the dressing room stairs, waiting for Brute Bernard to come down to the studio; I was nervous, not knowing what to expect, when he emerged from the dressing room door. And what a sight! He had on a silk smoking jacket, thick reading glasses, and was reading the Wall Street Journal. He greeted me with a “hi, son, nice to meet you” and entered the studio. He was the nicest wrestler I ever met (and I met a lot of them). That night, of course, he was the same old Brute that I remembered as a kid but I had a completely different opinion of him, having seen his “other” side.