It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our loved one, Albert John Bernardi, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000 at the age of 69 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Albert was born July 26, 1930 in Thunder Bay, Ont. to the late Albino and Adele Bernardi but moved to Fort Frances at the age of six, where he received his schooling.
He was united in marriage to Rose Turewich on July 22, 1953.
The family business of Bernardi’s Meats and Groceries occupied his former years, where he enjoyed his many customers. Following the sale of the store, he spent several years as manager of Canadian Voyageur Airlines and then as property manager of Nanicost until his retirement in 1985.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a charter member of the Fort Frances Lions Club.
Albert was a colourful, vibrant individual with a zest for life and enthusiasm for his undertakings. An outdoorsman, hunting and fishing were among his joys.
He loved his lake home in Morson and the community. There, he spent the snow-free months, enjoying his many projects, the most significant of which was perhaps his role in the completion of the new Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in July, 1999.
Albert is survived by his wife, Rose; and his brother, Ron. He also will be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law, Paul Turewich and his wife, Elinor, and their daughter, Joanne.
He was predeceased by his parents, Albino and Adele; and his sister, Rita Munro.
Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
A funeral mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Father Eugene Whyte O.M.I. officiating.
Vigil prayers will be held in the church Friday, Feb. 18, 2000 at 7 p.m.
Honourary pallbearers will be Brian Avis, Albert Brunetta, Ray Coran, Larry Cousineau, Stuart Ekstrand, Larry Fontana, Douglas Gillmor, Gordon Melville, Robert Miller, and Sam Piccinato.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Building Fund, c/o Mrs. Frances Treflin, Morson, Ont., P0W 1J0, or to the charity of your choice.