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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernie on Sunday, June 14th, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Bernie was a devoted and loving husband to Dorothy (Moore), his wife of 52 years. Loving father of Jennifer and her husband Rob (Klingbeil) and cherished grandfather ("Pa") to grandchildren Alexandra, Madison and Matthew. Predeceased by his son, Bernie Porter Jr. Bernie enjoyed 13 years of retirement from Stelco, during which time he was a devoted and engaged bus driver for the Niagara District School Board. He had a great love of sports and dedicated many years of his life as a player, coach and avid spectator. Hockey and golf were his passions. He was a 39-year member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club and served 5 years on the Board of Directors. He also enjoyed many years coaching Oldtimer and youth hockey and greatly enjoyed attending the various sporting events played by his grandchildren, no matter how many kilometers he logged travelling from venue to venue. Bernie was known for his friendly nature and he will be sadly missed by the many friends he made through the years. Gone, but forever in our hearts. Cremation has taken place and, in accordance with Bernie's wishes, no funeral service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Jun. 20, 2020.
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October 2, 2020
Just heard of Bernie’s passing from another mom at pick up today. My boys Donnie and Carson Cruse were riders for 5 years on Bernies bus route. My little guy in particular really had a fondness of Bernie and was in Awe of him being able to drive that big bus. In 2018 Bernie was kind enough to handwrite my son a little letter telling him he was one of his best behaved passengers on his route and signed it and my son beamed when he told people about his letter. It still hangs on my sons cork board.
To the family, we are so very sorry for your loss.
Jill Cruse
Acquaintance
October 2, 2020
Just heard of Bernie’s passing from another mom at pick up today. My boys Donnie and Carson Cruse were riders for 5 years on Bernies bus route. My little guy in particular really had a fondness of Bernie and was in Awe of him being able to drive that big bus. In 2018 Bernie was kind enough to handwrite my son a little letter telling him he was one of his best behaved passengers on his route and signed it and my son beamed when he told people about his letter. It still hangs on my sons cork board.
To the family, we are so very sorry for your loss.
Jill Cruse
Acquaintance
July 1, 2020
Great human and a pleasure to know as a friend and fellow bus driver.
Mike McNiven
Friend
July 1, 2020
I'm deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Bernie's passing. I became a friend during our bus driving days together .He had a unique sense of humour and compassion, as we often talked of aging aches and pains. No more for you friend. I hope the road where you are going is smooth and your riders are as great as you.
Mike McNiven
Friend
June 24, 2020
Dorothy, Jennifer, Rob and family.....my condolences to you all. Bernie was a wonderful man and I have nothing but fond memories of me meetings with him. Always exceedingly kind and smiling. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Joe Fehrman
Friend
June 23, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Rest in Peace.
Brenda Cole
Coworker
June 23, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Brenda Cole
Coworker
June 23, 2020
Its hard to believe I wont see him again when we all get back to driving. We will all miss you.

Ralph V
Ralph
Coworker
June 23, 2020
Please accept my deepest condolences to Bernie's family and friends. I worked with Bernie at Sharp, he was always a please to work with. Rest in peace Bernie.
Cheryl Porter
Coworker
June 23, 2020
My deepest condolences to for your loss, Bernie was an amazing person and will be deeply missed by his coworkers at Sharp Niagara bus lines.

Jennifer Roberson
Coworker at Sharp
Coworker
June 23, 2020
This is very very sad news I know Bernie as I was his fellow bus driver and we had a whole lot of laughs at BT years ago when we both worked out of that school together, he had a love for Himalayan cats which I breed and Bernie thought about getting another one but he knew that his wife wasn't that interested but he loved cats .you will deeply miss my friend. You made me laugh many times when I was down you will be greatly missed rest in peace my friend.
Cathy Buczek
Coworker
June 21, 2020
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. He was a great friend and a wonderful person.
Ron and Jan Gardner
Friend
June 20, 2020
Dorothy, Jennifer & family:
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathy as you mourn this incredible loss to your family...
I'm going to miss seeing Uncle Bernie everyday twice a day & all the great chats we had at Ed's (school bus yard). I know he loved you all so very much...he always beamed with pride when speaking of his grandchildren & their many endeavours.
May you find peace & comfort in the love & support of family & friends. Cherish the memories! He will be dearly missed by so many...
RIP Uncle Bernie xoxo
Debbie & George Murphy & Family
Family
June 20, 2020
Played with and against Bernie in Oldtimer sports and he was a very competitive but genuinely great person to play with or against. Very warm and friendly to all. Great fellow was great to have spent time with him!!
Karl Pilatzke
Friend
June 20, 2020
A fantastic guy and a great friend. A devastating loss. He will be fondly remembered.
Gerry B.
Friend
June 20, 2020
Sending our condolences to the family at this sad time .Bernie and my husband Gene Fama worked together as safety and health instructors at Stelco and thoroughly enjoyed his company. Shared many stories and had some great laughs together.Always remembered with kindness RIP Bernie
Gene Fama
Coworker
June 20, 2020
will miss his nice smile, we played Euchre for about 30 years and every time he would come in to play he would come over to my table and sit down and we would talk about all the great times we had playing hockey,Bernie had a real hard shot and it was always high, I would say he was trying to take my head off,by the way I was a Goalie..will miss him..RIP Buddy..Porky
Ken Porkolabak
Friend
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