PELLETIER, Bernard Roderick
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Passed away peacefully at Valley Stream Manor, Nepean, Ontario, on Monday, May 20, 2013 in his 90th year. He was predeceased by his dearly beloved wife Judy (Lamb), his brother Alfred and sister Lillian. Bern is survived by his twin brother and dearest friend Len (Evelyn), his children Carol (David Cuthbertson), Margaret, David, Fred (Sharon Caughey), Catharine (Bill Verhagen) and Marianne, and grandchildren Megan and Christopher Pelletier, Robin and Tom Lawrence, Matthew and Jeffrey Pelletier. As well, he will be remembered with deep affection by many nieces and nephews as well as friends and comrades from coast to coast in Canada and England. Bern was born in Toronto on June 25, 1923 to Amelia "Mildred" (Goodman) and William Pelletier. He left Danforth Tech, joined the Saskatoon Light Infantry and served overseas for the duration World War II. After the war, he continued his education by completing high school, followed by studies at McGill University (BSc) where he met Judy. They were married October 7, 1950. He went on to McMaster University, where he obtained his MSc in geology. A scholarship took him to Johns Hopkins University for his doctorate in geology. What followed was a highly distinguished career which began with the Geological Survey of Canada (Ottawa) that led to adventures in the Rockies and the Canadian Arctic, the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Nova Scotia) which included a circumnavigation of the Americas and concluded with National Resources Canada back in Ottawa. Most recently, he was completing an environmental atlas of the coastlands of the southern Arctic Ocean. He was the recipient of a number of honours, medals and citations in recognition of his many endeavours and achievements. He was an active member of the Bells Corners Legion, a proud supporter of the annual Poppy Campaign, and a sought-after speaker at local schools. Story-telling and poetry-writing provided a means for him to express many of his deeply-felt life experiences. Bern joined the Queen's York Rangers Band while in high school, and developed a life-long love of music: an accordion or harmonica was never far from his side. Pride in the accomplishments of his family, a wonderful sense of humour, a love of the outdoors and a deep commitment to Canada's natural resources marked his long and productive life. Our family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Valley Stream Manor for their kind attentiveness towards, and care of, Bern during this past year. A Legion Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593 (Bells Corners) on Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be at Tubman Funeral Home (3440 Richmond Rd., Nepean) on Saturday, June 15, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, followed by a reception in the adjoining hall. Bern was interested in a wide variety of social and humanitarian chairites. A list of suggestions will be made available closer to the date of memorial service. Condolences, donations or tributes may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com
"For what is it to die,
but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
And when the Earth has claimed our limbs,
then we shall truly dance."
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on June 1, 2013