March 27, 1937 – May 6, 2020
With great sadness we announce the sudden peaceful passing of Bernie at his home in Hope, British Columbia. Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, he immigrated to Canada, landing in Quebec August 1957 and obtained his Canadian citizenship in 1963.
Predeceased by his parents Josef and Elisabeth (nee Hasler), his son Glenn and son-in-law Paul Ovesen. Survived by his loving wife of 36 years Lilly; son John (Ros), daughter Kathleen (Pierre), step-daughters Dawn (Lyle), Wendy, Laurie (Max), special sister-in-law Anita (Rick). His grandchildren, Ray, Christopher, Eric (Victoria), Angie, Kyle, Garrett (Carmen), Shane (Brandy), Cody, Dylan (River), Chris (Kait), Candice (Paul), Breanna. Many much loved great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Bernie apprenticed for his mechanics degree in Germany and completed his master mechanic and hydraulic training in Canada. His work took him to many places: for the Armed Forces in Germany, all over Vancouver Island to Ashcroft, to the cold north (work outside 20 minutes, warm up for an hour), Hope and finally to Boston Bar. Always returning to the home he built in Silver Creek. He loved the mountains and rivers of this area, living here was always his first choice.
The last 20 years were spent in Hope, living on the Fraser river where he enjoyed its peace and beauty. He was a dedicated mushroom hunter and wrote a do-it-yourself guide to locating, harvesting and selling pine mushrooms. His hobbies were many and varied: amateur artist, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, rock artistry, carving, always checking the river for gold, traveler, photography, meeting people, telling stories and talking… talking… talking. His most recent hobby, grapes! He raised chickens, goats and ducks. He always loved his dogs, taking them for regular drives, if he was a bit slow in going for their drive the dog would let him know it was time! We are sure that he is at peace with his beloved little beast, Frou Frou, and all his four legged friends who have gone before.
Lilly will welcome family and friends to a celebration of Bernie’s life on Sunday, May 31, from 1pm – 5pm, outside in our yard at 366 Water Avenue, Hope, British Columbia.
Please note social distancing will be practiced.
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