• Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home & Chapel
    Brantford, ON
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Bernard Hoo 1923 - 2013
Print   Close
July 7, 2013
Terri, my deepest sympathy to you and family. Remember you from working together and how fondly you spoke of your dad.
July 4, 2013
I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss you. As silly as it sounds, I thought you were going to live forever because you secretly seemed to be some sort of superman and were invincible. I guess someone up there had another plan in mind and knew that your place was to be with Grandma.
You left us all with so many wonderful memories and stories to tell our friends, and children as they grow, and there has never been a way to thank you enough for being the kind of grandfather you were. You were always rough on the inside but you had a heart of gold and were really just a big teddy bear. You always made sure we knew you loved us in your own special way, usually by greeting us with one of your famous whisker rubs. We knew that no matter what we did, we would never escape the torture to come following that devilish laugh of yours.
To choose one word to describe you is near impossible. Grandfather is too simple, and amazing just doesn't cut it. You were a provider, a taxi driver, a hunter, a chef, a dancer, a gardener, a joker, an observer, a leader. You were still so much more than this but I would take up far too much space to continue but you will always be a soldier, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and the patriarch of our family and forever in our hearts.
Yesterday the sun was shining bright and there were loud claps of thunder that could e heard across Brantford. I stepped outside, looked up to the sky and smiled. I knew at that moment that you and Grandma were together once again, dancing in each other's arms for eternity, never to be separated again.
I love you and miss you terribly grandpa.
Until we meet again

All my love,
July 4, 2013
Sincere sympathies from Masco Canada Limited.
July 3, 2013
Losing a parent at any age is difficult. My sympathies go out to you and your family.
July 3, 2013
Rita and Jack, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know you are in pain now, but it is the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you will remember; the laughs, the stories, the smiles. Even though it may seem like you can never recover from your loss, these very memories will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. My prayers are with you and your family.
July 2, 2013
In my 34 years on this earth, I had never heard you complain once. You were the toughest and strongest person I have known, yet you were always loving in your own rough and tough way.
I have many fond memories that I will lovingly share with your great granddaughter so that she will know what you sacrificed for our country and your family, as I will try and do the same for her. I will happily share my only memory of you panicking after you encouraged me to carry a log that was way too big for me to carry, which ultimately resulted in a broken ring finger.
Every time I rub my unshaven face against hers, (and do it with an evil laugh), I will tell her with a big smile that "that was the one thing I looked forward to the most when I saw your great grandpa"
It has been 21 years since I have felt this type of pain when grandma passed away, but it eases ever so slightly when I think about how you two have been reunited and are now in each other's arms.
Thank you for everything you have done for our family and me. I will miss you terribly, just like I miss grandma, but I know you are in a much better place.
All my love,
July 2, 2013
Dear George and Sheila
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
-Stephen and Shirley O'Neill
July 2, 2013
Roseanne and Mike, our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time. You are in our thoughts.

Your family at Patriot Forge.
July 2, 2013
Teri and family, your dad sounds like a great man and a wonderful father and patriarch. The memories of him and of your mother will keep them close in your hearts forever. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
July 2, 2013
To our dear friend Teri and her family, our heartfelt condolences at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Winsor-Toope Family, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
July 1, 2013
I would like to extend my most heartfelt condolences to the Hoo family. I had the great pleasure of meeting Bernard while I was in high school trying to put together a book about veterans and their experiences. We talked for hours and I'm not ashamed to admit I shed tears with him when he told me about his experiences. I am forever a better man having met him and forever grateful for what he and his fellow comrades did for us. I hope you all find comfort in knowing how cherished he was.
June 30, 2013
Mary and family,

Please accept our deepest sympathies

The Galloway family
June 30, 2013
Jim, Mary and Family, our thoughts are with all of you at this time. Bernard was a character and the boys enjoyed the giggle he would give them. What we keep in memory is unchanged forever....
Kim, Jay, Ryan, Joey and Josh
June 29, 2013
Bernie was a proud and famous member of the Queen's Own Rifles and also a proud member of 56th Field Artillery Regiment who taught me how to drive an army truck. The legacy of his duty and service to Canada will not be forgotten. He has given a fine example to his grandson currently serving in the Royal Canadian Artillery. With sincerest condolences to the family on behalf of all the serving and retired members of 56th Field Artillery Regiment.
Lieutenant-Colonel E. M. (Ed) Pancoe CD (retired)
Honorary Colonel
June 29, 2013
I have many fond memories of Bernie throughout the years. He was ALWAYS there to lend a helping hand when there was work to be done. He patiently taught me how to drive at the ripe old age of 28! He was the king of the barbeque....never happier than when he was building a fire unless it was dancing with Barb or the time spent with his grandchildren.
June 29, 2013
My condolences to the Hoo family.
Anyone growing up in the 60's that lived near 308 Grey Street knew the Hoo family.
From the huge poplar trees that grew out front of the house, to the large vegetable garden in the back and the dew worm business at the side garage, it was the Hoo homestead. Even with their large family kids from the neighbor hood came to congregate at 308 Grey.
Mr. and Mrs. Hoo were always busy tending to their family, especially in the fall, preserving things from the garden for the fruit cellar in the basement. (especially making tomato juice in bottles , if we were lucky a few landed our way to gulp down)
What I most recall about Mr. Hoo was after working at his job all day, certain nights of the week he would dress in army fatigues and go train with the army reserves and I believe in the summer he would be away for a few days/weeks doing the same. (I thought he was at least a major or maybe a general.) I always thought that was special for doing that. I recall his no nonsense approach to things and what he said was fact. But there wasn't a kid in the area that wasn't welcomed at 308 Grey.
Those days are long gone, but Mr. and Mrs. Hoo have left a wonderful family legacy.
Leo Barsony
June 29, 2013
We all have wonderful memories of our families getting together, seems so long ago now. Mom and Dad (Rita and Cecil) always talked fondly of your family. Our sympathies to all of you. The Boutilier Family
June 28, 2013
Teri, please know that you and your family are in our prayers. It is clear that your dad was an amazing father and role model. Please let me know if we can do anything.
June 28, 2013
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Scott, Aline, Braden and Jamie Foster
June 28, 2013
My Dad, Bernard Hoo was a bit of a funny guy, although many people did not understand his sense of humour, lol. When I was a child he used to sit my sister and I, one on each knee, and, stare straight ahead without blinking while we would hold onto his nose to see what he would do. Then, when we least expected it, he would make some type of loud noise and scare the heck out of us and we would laugh like crazy!

Several days before my Dad passed away I was leaning over him to give him a kiss and hug him goodbye before I left. Even though my Dad was very weak, he lifted his arm and tweaked my nose. His sense of humour never left him even at the very end when he tried to rally to make all of us feel better even though he was in terrible pain and was exhausted. That was the kind of Dad he was. He always thought about us first and how he could make our lives better. He and my mother worked two and three jobs to support all of us. Their whole life was all about their family. I can only say that all of my childhood memories were all about the good times that we shared. When I think of my childhood with you and Mom, Dad, I can only describe it as blissful. You were an amazing father Dad and no words can ever express how grateful that I am to you for the life and love that you and Mom bestowed upon us all.

Put on your dancing shoes Poppy as Mom is waiting!

You will remain forever in my heart and memories!

All My Love Poppy,
From Your Baby daughter,
Rest in Peace,

©2014 Legacy.com. All rights reserved. Guest Book entries are free and are posted after being reviewed for appropriate content. If you find an entry containing inappropriate material, please contact us.