November 20, 1931 - February 14, 2021
Bernice passed away in the evening, at home, with her husband Ed by her side.
She was predeceased by her son Paul (Marilyn). She will be missed by her husband, Ed; sons, Ned (Cindy) and Jeff (Mary Beth); grandchildren, Tyson (Jenna), T.J. (Brittany), Jessica, Allison, and Miranda (Nak); great-grandchildren, Krew, Penn, and Calla; brothers, Keith and Murray; sister, Madeline; step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many other relatives in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Ireland.
Born in Ripples, New Brunswick, she graduated from Fredericton Business College after which she worked for North American Life Assurance Company. In 1951 while working evenings at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel she had the honour of waiting on Princess Elizabeth (now Queen). She married Ed in 1951 and the couple moved to Vancouver in 1952, where she continued to work while raising the three boys with Ed.
Bernice and Ed were founding members of the North Shore Winter Club (NSWC) where she swam, played tennis, curled, and played duplicate bridge. In 1982, after winning the B.C. Senior Ladies Curling Championships, her curling team represented B.C. at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Montreal where they tied for second place. An exceptional duplicate bridge player, she looked after the NSWC duplicate bridge club for 73 years and was a duplicate bridge Life Master. She was very involved with the NSWC and served as the first female President in 1983 and 1984. The NSWC was a big part of the family's life and Bernice loved the club.
Always active in the North Shore community, she was secretary of the North Shore Safety Council and the North Shore Soccer Association, and was the Referee Assignor for North and West Vancouver soccer fields for many, many years - only a computer was eventually able to take over that task.
She will be missed by the St. Agnes Church community, of which she was a very dedicated member since 1957.
Those who knew Bernice will remember her as a remarkably strong, bright, loving woman, who was very proud of her family and their accomplishments.
A service will be held at St. Agnes Church in the fall of 2021.
"Rest in peace my love, until we meet again."
Published in North Shore News from Feb. 23 to Mar. 25, 2021.