SMITH, Bernie (Whistling)
February 28, 1923 - November 14, 2012
Bernie passed away on November 14, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years Mary, his brother Louis and his first grandchild Tanya. He is survived by his children, Lawrence (Janice), Jo- Ann (Chris), Martha (Leif), Elizabeth, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His family is truly proud of him and all that he accomplished. Bernie's life was well spent serving his country and his community, loving his family and embracing people of all walks of life. He truly loved every minute of his career in the Vancouver Police Department. He made lifelong friends of the men and women of the department and many others whom he encountered on his tours of duty. He cared for the helpless and those that were in need and was determined to ensure law and order were in place where he worked and lived. Over the years he had many exciting assignments but he was very passionate about the Downtown East Side. After 34 years of service, Bernie retired and went on to enjoy many other adventures including security work, a run at politics and writing children's books. No matter how long he was away from the VPD, the department was always dear to his heart. He remained connected with the department until the end. Bernie's other true love was his family. He would do anything to ensure his family was intact, safe and protected. The family wants to acknowledge all of Bernie's special friends and thank them for "being there." They also want to thank the staff at the Vancouver Cancer Clinic and George Derby Hospital for their kindness and care. Please join us as we Celebrate Bernie's Life on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at The Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC).
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012