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Walkey & Company Funeral Directors Ltd.
235 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 4X1
(604) 738-0006
Celebration of Life
Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
2:00 PM
St Mary's (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church
2490 West 37th
Vancouver , ON
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Brenda Miriam BERCK


1942 - 2019
Brenda Miriam BERCK Obituary
BRENDA MIRIAM BERCK December 18, 1942 - December 28, 2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brenda Berck, in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday, December 28, 2019. Eldest daughter of Ben and Jessie Berck of Winnipeg, she was sister of Dorothy (Roy) and Phyllis (Bruce), aunt to Jonathan, Stephan (Leanne) and Josh (Tiff), and friend, colleague and mentor to many. She is fondly remembered by her goddaughter Molly Wilson and her sister Jocelyn. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Manitoba, Brenda hitchhiked around the world then returned to McMaster University to obtain an M. A. in English. In Toronto she worked for the Canadian Friends Service Committee and became involved in the cultural life of Toronto working at the Royal Ontario Museum. In British Columbia she taught at the Quaker Friends School in Argenta. Later, she worked as a consultant for museums throughout B. C. and the Yukon where she focused on repatriation of First Nations material culture. In 1991, having learned French, she worked with the Vancouver International Writers Festival programming their French program. Brenda was a formidable reader with strong intellect and drive. So it was a great loss when she developed Alzheimer's and lost her ability to read and to express her thoughts. She received excellent care at Little Mountain Place. Her family will always be indebted to Brenda's circle of friends, including Nancy Hannum, Maureen Burke and Diana McHardy Schmidt who looked after Brenda throughout her illness and advocated for her needs. A memorial celebrating Brenda's life will be held at St Mary's (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Vancouver on Monday, January 27th at 2 p.m. Brenda's charitable preferences include The Vancouver Writer's Festival, Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International. Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006
Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2020
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