Winslow -- Bernard Arthur Tardiff, 92. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Togus Springs Hospice Unit in Augusta. He was born April 17, 1923, son of Paul and Bernice Dube Tardiff. He attended Waterville schools, and graduated in 1941. He attended a mid-west college, and obtained his Associates Degree. He then joined the Army Air Corps, and was a member of the 390th Air Service Group, one of several specialty groups totaling over 1500 enlisted men and 200 officers, that were detached to form the 509th Composite Group. He was stationed on Tinian Island in the Marianas Islands where the two Atomic bombs nicknamed Little Boy and Fat Man were prepared for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan that led to the quick end of a long World War II. His commanding officer, Colonel Paul Tibbetts, is quoted, "On August sixth, we dropped our first Atomic bomb. Three days later we dropped our second. Two days later, Japan asked for peace, and three days later, she got it". The 509th Group was then re-located to Wendover Field, Utah where Bernard received an honorable discharge. He was married for 66 years to Rena M. Sylvain, and had five children: Son, Paul Maggie Tardiff of Waterville; daughters, Barbara John Otis of Belgrade, Marlene Tardiff and Pat Doug White of North Vassalboro, and Theresa Tardiff Mark McCluskey of Fairfield. Bernard was a perfectionist as a building contractor, and built and renovated many homes in the area including homes for his family. He loved being with his family, and spent many summer week-ends at Reid State Park with five childreneach with a friendtraveling in the back of a pick-up truck singing camp songs. He loved being outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman, and once tagged an albino deer. He was pre-deceased by his parents; his wife, Rena in 2013; his sister, Evangeline Daviau, formerly of San Diego, CA; a granddaughter, Nicole McCluskey; niece, Anne Fredericks; and nephew, Larry Hebert. In addition to his children, he is survived by his last-surviving Sylvain sister-in-law, Leta Ryder Roger Gauthier; cousin, Dollis Bizier Reggie; grandchildren Libby Dan LaRochelle, Becky Jeremy French, James Otis, Jason Angie, Breanna, and Taylor McCluskey. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kirstin, Aliza, Emma, and Luke; along with many Sylvain nieces and nephews; and his sister's children, Christopher, Laurie, and Peter Daviau of San Diego, CA. There will be a private family celebration of life at Togus at a later date where he will be interred with the remains of his wife, Rena, according to his wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Military Museum and Learning Center, 50 Perry Terrace, South Portland, ME 04106.