July 1, 1944 - Feb. 1, 2022
It's with heavy hearts we share the news of Bernie's passing on February 1, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bernie was the wise a·nd loving rock of our family. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. He was generous with his time and helpful to all those in his life. Bernie had a tremendous joy of family life and more than anything an immense joy of his grandchildren.
Bernie was born in Alberta in 1944. We all loved hearing his stories of growing up on the Daysland farm along with his five siblings. He came to the West Coast in 1975, met Caroline and built a wonderful life with their three children.
Bernie was passionate about the auto industry throughout his long career and made many dear friends along the way. He was relentlessly curious about everything and how things worked. He was mechanically inclined, meticulous about home maintenance and could always figure out how something worked in order to fix it. From the first personal video cameras and computers in the 19801s to the latest smart phones, electric cars and gadgets, Bernie defined the term "tech early adopter". His passion for learning and investigating translated well to his other passion of investing in good companies along with learning about the technical aspects of day trading. All this curiosity led to joy and Bernie was always excited to share what he learned.
Bernie enjoyed many sports early in his life, particularly waterskiing, tennis, golf and skiing. In retirement he became an avid pickleball player. He loved playing golf with friends and family. With an initial push from Caroline, Bernie came to love his Yaletown lifestyle filled with visits with the grandkids, rides along the seawall on his e-bike, quick rides on the train, many visits to the Apple and Microsoft stores and always taking time to enjoy a Starbucks along the way.
Bernie fed his curiosity about other cultures and places around the world when he caught the travel bug in retirement and was very fortunate with Caroline to visit many countries across Europe, the UK, Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Bernie was predeceased by his parents William and Alice (nee Carlson) and his brother Garrey. He is survived by his loving wife Caroline, children Andrea (Kirk), Christina (Steven) and Tyler (Poy) and grandchildren Luke, Ben, Ethan and Paige and his siblings Ronald (Elaine), Dolores, Marlene and Joyce and many extended family members and dear friends. Our family would like to thank Dr. Shaipanich and his team at St. Paul's Pacific Lung Centre, Dr. Yee (at VGH), the doctors and nurses at St. Paul's Palliative Care and the Three Bridges nurses who all provided great compassion and care for Bernie.