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Gus Brenier, 85, 'Uncle Gus' on N.H. children's television

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Gus Bernier, the former host of a long-running New Hampshire children's TV show, died Saturday at his Hawaii home. He was 85.

Mr. Bernier was born in Little Rock and worked in the hotel his father owned until 1940, when he entered the Army Air Corps. He was sent to Boston to go to school, then on to Houlton Air Base in Maine, where he met his wife, Doreen. They were married in 1944.

After he left the service, Mr. Bernier remained in Manchester. He went to work for WMUR radio in 1944, then became the regular announcer on WMUR-TV. He was the station's weatherman and Santa Claus.

He starred in the ''Uncle Gus Show," which ran through the 1960s and 1970s. He retired in 1980.

Years after the show went off the air, Mr. Bernier remained a recognizable figure in southern New Hampshire. In 1993, he served as a grand marshal for Manchester's Christmas parade.

Mr. Bernier talked about his television show in a 1992 interview.

''We were running some cartoons on the air one afternoon and some kids were walking through the studio, so a manager named David O'Shea asked me to put on a funny beanie and entertain the kids, so I did," Mr. Bernier said.

''We had our share of accidents on the chairs and the gaffes that come when children speak on live television, but I'd be willing to bet the kids enjoyed themselves," he said.

The Berniers moved to Hawaii in 2000.

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