December 1, 1928 – January 20, 2018
Dr McGinity was born in Wallasey, England on December 11, 1928. Passed away on January 20, 2018 at the age of 89 surrounded by his family. Bernard was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 56 years, Arlene. He will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Brian and Michael and daughter Teresa (Bryan).
At the end of World War II, at the ripe age of 15, Bernard was a Master Aircrew in the Royal Air Force training to fly the De Havilland Mosquito. Bernard arrived in California on the Queen Mary in the early 1950s to attend university. Bernard wanted to be a physician. Bernard graduated from the first Pre-Med class at San Francisco State University in 1956. He only wanted to go to one medical school, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He applied to his one medical school and was accepted. He graduated from McGill University’s Medical School in 1961.
Thereafter, he and his wife, Arlene and oldest son, Brian, moved to several cities, including Toledo, Ohio; French Camp, CA and Modesto, CA , where he completed his residencies training in the disciplines of: Internal Medicine & Pediatrics; Orthopedics, OB-Gyn and General Surgery. Bernard and Arlene settled in Sacramento. Bernard started his own medical practice in family medicine in Carmichael, CA., where he dedicated his life to helping his patients for over 45 years.
I had the privilege to practicing across the hall from Dr. McGinity in the Parkside Professional Office building where he occupied Suite 1 and I occupied suite 2. He had a true private and personalize practice covering the gamut of procedures that few physicians are capable of doing today. Dr. McGinity was the initial builder of this Office Complex along with other partners and occupied Suite One until 2008 when he retired. The Complex is on Fair Oaks Blvd, a true Boulevard with central trees and plantings between the two lanes, between the Carmichael Post Office and the Carmichael Park.
During his tenure as a physician, Bernard’s philosophy of healing expanded beyond traditional medicine. He trained in Hong Kong, Japan, and Germany in various forms of acupuncture which he incorporated in his medical practice. He became the President of the Pacific Coast Acupuncture Society. And later was awarded a Specialty in Pain Management by the American Board of Medicine.
A Memorial Service was held in Sacramento on Saturday, February 3rd at 2pm, at East Lawn, 4300 Folsom Blvd. with a reception following. Memorial donations may be made to: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital fundraising.stjude.org/giftfunds Bernard graduated from the first Pre-Med class at San Francisco State University in 1956.
This obituary appeared in the Sacramento Bee  with additions by Del Meyer, MD.