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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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