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Bernard Owens, Auctioneer
"What Can I Do To Help You?"
-- Wyatt Bloom
with Bernard Owens
Clearfield County, there's a new auctioneer in town and his name is Bernard Owens. We at Clearfield-County.Com welcome our latest sponsor and dear friend. Do you need to sell an estate, sell a few items from your spring clean up, or get your hand on a good deal? Look no further! Bernard Owens Auctioneering has the services you need. Give him a call today at 814-768-7302 or visit www.bernauctions.com.
Want to learn more about Mr. Owens and why he's the write auctioneer for you? Read his exclusive and profoundly compelling story below.
Raised on the back roads of Lecontes Mills, Bernard Owens grew up on a farm raising cattle, pigs, chickens, and rabbits. No stranger to long days, hard work, and team work, he recounts how proud he was at the end of the day. "I never really liked making hay, but it was a great feeling knowing that the hard work paid off in knowing that the job was done." He remarked.
As the years rolled by, he became a fourth generation coal miner working alongside his father as a heavy equipment operator. He shared this with me, "I work long hours in the mud or dust but I love it! I enjoy operating the heavy equipment, I sometimes feel like I am simply playing with Tonka trucks. I love feeling the ground vibrate under my feet and I continue to find joy that at the end of the day, the job is accomplished."
He continued to share, "so what possessed me to become an auctioneer? I remember as a child going to livestock auction. I can vividly recount sitting on the bench and watching the dairy cattle being auctioned off while my parents were waiting for the beef cattle. However, I had my own business raising and selling rabbits so I would eagerly wait for that auction to begin in another part of the barn. I would anxiously wait to find a good deal on rabbits to add to my business. Keeping a watchful eye on the one I wanted, when the auction began I would feel the anxiety as my heart began to race. The thrill didn't stop with rabbit auctions. My family and I would travel to various auctions such as the Amish, buggy and carriage, horse, and consignment auctions and that yearning for to find a great find and a great deal continued throughout. One thing I did take away from all of this was the art of getting a good deal."
Bernard shared a very heart felt segment in his story with me revealing that with his auction services comes sympathy and understanding.
"In the beginning of December 2000, I was rushed into the ER." Bernard humbly explains. "I was suffering from a powerful headache that had lasted two weeks but what sent me into the ER was the fact that I began to loose feeling on my left arm, on the left side of my face, and losing control of my speech. An x-ray revealed I had a dark mass over the right side of my brain.
Immediately, I was taken to the Danville hospital via ambulance where an MRI was performed. Five neurosurgeons ended up looking at the MRI scans and they were all dumbfounded. I ended up in surgery and they discovered that I had an aneurism in my head; a blood vessel had ruptured. However, it had miraculously healed only leaving some blood in my head which was causing pressure on my brain thus causing the loss of feeling on the left side of my body."
He continues his story, "It was then that I realized the God saved my live. I should not be here today, but I am. Do I think God spared my life to become an auctioneer? I don't think so, however, I do believe that God wants my life to count for something. I want to take my love for auctions, the love of buying and selling, my love for people, and for God and thereby create a business that known for honesty as well as integrity."
As a dear friend and relative, I know this to be true of Bernard that he is a very honest and caring individual. He always makes himself available for people to help them in any way that he can.
Because of this circumstance, he enrolled in the auctioneering program in 2012 at Clarion University, Pittsburgh Campus, and began his journey. However, adversity struck again with five weeks remaining in his course. On a Friday night, he received a call saying that his father had passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 58.
He recounted the event, "I was devastated at this loss. It was very unexpected and I pondered how I could finish college with this sorrowful burden. We worked side by side on the farm and in the coal strippin's my entire life. But then I remembered a conversation that I had with him only a couple days before. Feeling overwhelmed with the class load, he was planning to take a couple days off for himself. Though he took those two vacation days off, he insisted that I take two days and complete my school work. He worked on his days off to allow me the time off with no loss of pay or vacation days of my own. He said to me, 'I want to see you finish this endeavor and make something of it.'"
My dad loved auctions and liked the idea of me becoming an auctioneer. This encouraged me to go back to Clarion and finish my education and successfully passing the state exam for my license."
This is a remarkable story that Bernard shared with Clearfield County and Clearfield-County.Com and he capstones it with an encouraging thought. He dealt with overwhelming events and circumstances yet it was a lesson because he completely understands when an estate is being sold, he can truly sympathize with the grieving family member(s).
"I know what grief is like and I know the overwhelming feeling of what to do with all of their possessions while in the midst of grief. I can honestly say that I understand and I want to help you, if the circumstance arises." Mr. Owens shares with us. "My hard working crew and I are eager to help! We can help setup and organize those possessions and provide the auctioneering services getting you the most money for each item. We also are able to sell the real estate, if necessary. In one auction, the whole burden can be lifted.
However, we can handle the auction off the estate and can take the possessions to our auction site, if you prefer."
Bernard closed the interview stating that it, "was an absolute honor to share my story with you, the reader." What can Bernard Owens, Auctioneer, do for you? Give him a call today at 814-768-7302 or visit www.bernauctions.com