Bernie is a native of Nantucket and a descendant of the Coffin and Hussey families. He was educated at Norwich University and Springfield College. Bernie was an educator and administrator at Saint Edward's School, Vero Beach, FL for 17 years. Bernie has been a Massachusetts Broker since 1968 and was involved in running the family real estate business, Coffin Real Estate and 'Sconset Real Estate for years. Bernie has been married to Carol since 1968 and they have two children, Abigail, married to Bob Donohoe living in DC and Peter married to Kelley, living in Saint Paul, MN. Bernie was the treasurer of The Nantucket Association of Real Estate Brokers for 16 years, and served on The Nantucket Cottage Hospital board, The New School board and has been on the board of The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Link Nantucket.