Aime J. Bernardin

March 1, 1925 – January 6, 2023

Peacefully at the Deer Lodge Centre on Friday, January 6, 2023, Aime Bernardin, formerly of Elie, Manitoba passed away at the age of 97 years.

Aime was born in Elie on March 1, 1925, where he lived all of his life.

At the young age of 19, he made a courageous decision to join the army, he headed for Halifax to train as a gunner.  His troops crossed over to Holland and upon landing on the shores, peace was declared.

Upon his return, he learned of a new family that had moved across the river.  Steering his little boat across, he took one look at Claire and the rest is history… 6 months later they were married.

Aime’s dream of having a big family became a reality, having 7 children, 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Claire (2012), and grandson Jamie Desilets (1980).

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Carole (Larry) Morissette, Orval (Diane) Bernardin, Valerie (Gerry) Carignan, Mona (Len) Desilets, Brigitte (Guy) Rivard, Bruno Bernardin and Norbert Bernardin; grandchildren, Remi (Diane) Morissette, Carissa (Ross) Cathers, Damian Morissette, Kevin (Marichu) Bernardin, Lesley (Michael) Lamb , Stephan (Amanda) Carignan, Nadine (Dean) Bernardin, Ryan (Kellie) Desilets, Lori (Adam) Dyck, Natalie (Richard) Sousa, Justin Rivard, Jeremy (Meghan) Rivard, Jaime Bernardin, Liam Bernardin and Aidan Bernardin; great grandchildren, Joshua, Analie and Noah Morissette, Hannah, Seth, Tess, Amy, Kieran and Kaleigh Cathers, Ethan and Connor Bernardin, Carter Lamb, Tristan and Fynn Carignan, Easton, Emme and Cohen Bernardin, Megan Desilets, Grayson and Logan Rudy, Andersen and Harley Dyck, Keenan Rivard, Marcus, Kaitlyn and Jessica Sousa and Elie Rivard.

He is survived by his youngest sister Stella Boily and sisters-in-law Rita Bernardin, Olive Comeault, Lucille Nicli, Anne Beaudry, Betty Burrell Beaudry, Cathy Beaudry, Betty Beaudry and brother-in-law Art (Sue) Beaudry.

His working career included carpentry, installing and maintaining furnaces, and construction of custom built homes and commercial buildings.

We will all remember and cherish dad’s devotion to family and deep faith in God.

He brought his many talents to the church parish council, the church choir, his membership at the local Army and Navy, and his many years on the Cartier Manor Board.

When he retired, he enjoyed spending his time in his yard and tending to his garden.  He fed the birds year round so that he could observe and hear them from his living room window or while enjoying a beer in his swing at the end of his day.

Playing cards was his favorite pastime.  Many fond memories were made around a table. He loved his Thursday night cribbage outings at ANAF 283. He played his final card game on New Years Day with family, but his last hurrah was winning 1st place at the monthly ANAF 283 cribbage tournament in December, declaring “I still got it!”.

On Saturday, January 14 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Elie, rosary will begin at 10:45 followed by words of remembrance and funeral mass. Interment to follow in parish cemetery.

Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of, donations can be made to the cemetery fund c/o the Blessed Sacrament Church Box 144 Elie, Manitoba R0H 0H0 or e-transfer to

The funeral service will be video recorded and will be available to view on this website following the service.

Family and friends are invited to share memories and condolences by using the comment field below.

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17 thoughts on “Aime J. Bernardin

  1. Ulysse Richard

    hey, AJ rest in peace my friend, Merci , for all the help with my electrical business when Gerry and I moved to Elie in 1974 ,and also nice dinner,s with you and Claire and the beers we had at the legion after work for many years .

  2. Carole Regnier

    Nos sincères sympathies a toute la famille. Our sincere condolences to the whole Bernardin family. I have such fond memories of Mom and I visiting Aime and Claire in Elie. Repose en paix Aime.

    Carole (McCaughan) Regnier

    • Roger Gillis

      Uncle Aime was a beacon of a man and an inspiration for all. He was an inspiration with faith, integrity, loyalty and honesty as his pillars that guided him through life. When he was able to communicate easily I would love to chat with and listen to him. He was an inspiration to many. I will miss him. God Bless you RIP uncle. To my cousins and families our sincere condolences R and H

  3. Lorraine picton

    Our sincere condolences Guy & Brigitte on the passing of your dad. Lorraine & Marcel

  4. Rita & Denis Tully

    Dear Bernardin family, Our condolences on the loss of your father. We knew him in so many ways and he integrated with our family on so many levels. From ‘supervising’ the building of our home, to reaching out at church to take one of the children, to sheltering with my Mom during the ‘great flood’… Aime and Clare are held in deep regard by all of us. The stalwart faith Aime and Clare had shone brightly through all aspects of their lives. We have been truly blessed to encounter these angels on earth. Hugs from all of us, Rita, Denis, Marie, Ruth, James, Daniel Tully.

  5. Guy & Cheryl Comeault

    Rest peacefully Uncle Aime. Your long wait to cross the bar is over. You made it…
    Sincere condolences to all our cousins who have lost their patriarch.

  6. Janet (Beaudry) Simpson

    You are at peace with your loving wife, Uncle Aime. So happy to have visited you in the summer. Whenever I wash my vehicles, I always open the truck and each door and wipe them down — just as you taught me. It makes me think of you every time I was a vehicle.

    Sincere condolences to all my cousins. Parting is sweet sorrow.

    Love Janet and Tom

  7. Craig & Cathy Schrader

    To the Bernardin Family, our condolences on the loss of your dad. As new comers to Elie 15 years ago we didn’t get to know your dad that well, but thoroughly enjoyed the times we played cards with him At the Manor. We soon found out that you couldn’t steal any points at cribbage, he knew what you had in your hand before you laid your cards down. Rest In Peace.

    Craig & Cathy Schrader

  8. Joan and Matthew Todd

    We are sorry at the loss of your Dad and send our sympathies to you and Gerry and all the family.

  9. Donald Bernardin

    Our condolences to my cousins and their family’s . Sadly Barb & I will not be able to attend as much as I would like to be there for you, as some of you were here for my dad’s funeral.
    We will watch on line.
    Donald Bernardin and family

  10. Corinne O’Connell

    To my cousins, sincere sympathy is extended to you all from my family.
    Your dad, uncle Aime, was always gracious to our family on our visits to Elie. It was like coming home.
    We will be with you in spirit as you celebrate his life on Saturday and we will keep our special memories of him, and of our times spent together through the years.
    Rest In Peace my dear Uncle.
    Niece Corinne and family, Bryan and Norah, Colleen Ian Isabelle and Rory

  11. Curt and Anita Wold

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your father and he will be missed by his family and those who have had the privilege of knowing this wonderful man.
    We are grateful and appreciative of him taking over the building of our house in 1964. For many months, he worked long hours and never did we hear any disparaging words or actions in any way shape or form. We think Heaven got their first ST AIME.
    We had planned to attend but due to something unforeseen, will not be there. However, we have a card for a Mass to said here at St. Gianna’s in Wpg., where we belong and attend. We will mail the card to Carol being she is the eldest in the family.
    We will watch it on line. Curt and Anita Wold
    We will watch on line. Curt and Anita Wold

  12. Mathieu Labossière and Alexandra Bussières

    Our sincere condolences to the Bernardin family. Aimé and his family are synonymous with generosity and kindness to us and so we want to extend to you our sincere thoughts and sympathy. Rest in peace Aimé.

  13. Ron and Gwen Rasmussen

    We remember Aime as a great friend, carpenter, plumber, electician, cabinet maker. He did seemingly impossible renovations on my dad Walter’s house.
    Our sympathies to the Bernardin family.
    Ron and Gwen Rasmussen.

  14. Sheila Dunn

    My sincere condolences to Brigitte, Guy and family on the recent passing of Brigitte’s Dad. May he Rest In Peace🙏

  15. Carol and Gary down

    Our thoughts and condolences are with your family today

  16. Art & Debbie Ammeter

    We were so very sorry to learn just today of your Dad’s passing Val. Our sincere condolences to you, Gerry and your family.

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