Bert fought many years of kidney failure. The last couple of years his condition worsened until he was basically bedridden and suffering extreme pain from numerous falls which included a broken hip. In Nanaimo, B.C. on April 6th with his friends at his bedside his pain ended and he found eternal peace. As per his wishes a private memorial service was held for him in Nanaimo. He was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Eileen; and his brother Chris. Left to cherish his memory are his brothers Tom (Bernadette), Leonard (Kay), and Dennis (Mettie); numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends whose lives he touched.
Bert was born in Gladstone and went to Preston School (a one room schoolhouse) until it closed in 1967. He then attended Gladstone Elementary and W.M.C.I. After leaving school he worked as a carpenter assistance building the annex on the United Church before moving to Vancouver Island for a life in the fishing industry. In later years he went back to college and started his own successful carpentry business which was short lived because of his illness. Bert always hated the cold Manitoba winters and when asked if he would ever move back to Gladstone, he said he would as soon as global warming was no longer a rumor but a success story.
Bert was a happy go lucky person whom we will always remember him for his continuous laughter and contagious smile. I think his cousin described him best when she said, "He was the sweetest little guy I ever knew."
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