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TRUDEAU, "Bernie" Bernard Lionel


We regret to say that Bernard Lionel Trudeau (Bernie), born in St. Rose du Lac, Manitoba in 1950 passed away peacefully on Friday, May 26, 2017, with his loving wife Doris at his side. Bernie will always be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, quiet strength, compassion and acceptance of others.

Bernie married the love of his life, Doris Ruppenthal on May 3, 1975 in Kitimat, BC, and focussed on caring for her, their two sons Marc (Siu-Kae), Lorne (Rose), and in recent years, their 3 young grandsons Jack, Kaien and Luen. When his Dad and Mom (Lucien & Lillian) were alive, and now his stepfather, John Ponte, Bernie tried to always be available for their needs as well.

He enjoyed gardening, carpentry (building his own greenhouse, many toys, furniture and cabinets) and growing vegetables for the winter. He and Doris would help pick walnuts for others as well as themselves, shelling and drying them for the fall & winter. For many years Bernie grew grapevines, and was thrilled to see his grandchildren, nieces and nephews pick the vines bare.

With Doris‘ encouragement, Bernie began musical training later in life, learning to play the bass recorder, and cello. He enjoyed performing with his recorder group, at schools, seniors’ residences and other events. He and Doris were also in a group who met and sang together monthly.

As a young man, Bernie played baseball, and for many years since, has enjoyed golf, canoeing, cross-country skiing, working on cars and long-distance running. Bernie and Doris both thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the Kelowna Running CM: and spent many hours with these dear people.

Bernie took his apprenticeship in Kitimat at his brother Ed’s gas station. He then transferred to Alcan as a heavy duty mechanic. When the family moved to Kamloops he was employed by BC Tel (now Telus) and later transferred to Kelowna in a management capacity.

Bernie and Doris’ retirement years have been full of “grand-sitting” and travelling to be with family, their last trip being to Australia to visit brother Vic (& Vic’s wife, Rosie).

Bernie and Doris always arranged the Trudeau family reunions every August long weekend in the gazebo at Mission Creek. We would love to have as many as possible come to this year’s annual reunion on Aug 6, 2017 in the gazebo at Mission Creek as we celebrate the wonderful lives of both Bernie’s mom, Lillian (Trudeau) Ponte, who passed away in November 2016 and our beloved Bernie.

Doris is so grateful for all the love and support she has received from friends and medical staff, helping and cheering Bernie on his final run. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House through the Hospice Palliative Care Fund - kghfoundation.com

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Condolence Messages
  • Sep 03, 2017
    Doris, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Bernie was such a kind, gentle man. My heart goes out to you, Doris.
    Janice (Creekside Dental)
  • Jun 19, 2017
    There will be a celebration of life for both Bernie and his mom, on the August long weekend Sunday August the 6th at the Mission Creek Park. Anyone wanting to come and celebrate the lives of these two beautiful people, we certainly welcome you. Ray Trudeau
  • Jun 05, 2017
    Having Bernie and Doris visit us last January was just such a special time. Bernie was up for any challenge and especially enjoyed being pummeled around by the big Sunshine Coast surf. He and Doris were always so welcoming on the two occasions that we were able to visit them in Kelowna. Rosy and I fondly remember how we'd all snuggle up in their lounge room under some warm blankets watching Foyle's War and drinking Bengal Spice tea. Bliss! A special man taken far too young. We love you and will miss you heaps, Bernie. Vic & Rosy Trudeau
  • Jun 02, 2017
    Bernie was one of the most caring, generous and happy members we have ever had at Sunset Ranch. A true gentlemen, fantastic golfer and a great guy! May your swing stay smooth Bernie. Our hearts go out to his family.
    Jeff Richard
    on behalf of the staff at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club
  • Jun 02, 2017
    Worked with Bernie at BC. Tel and Telus in Kelowna, he always had a big smile to greet you with every time we met. Just a great guy.
    Larry & Yvonne Savel
  • Jun 02, 2017
    We've been blessed to have Doris and Bernie as our friends for many years, and have fond memories of dance lessons, many hikes and camping trips together. Bernie's quick laugh, and happy disposition were a natural part of his wonderful personality. He will always remain in our memories and hearts.
    Our deepest sympathy to you, Doris, Marc & Lorne.
    Cheryl & Eric Shelby
  • Jun 02, 2017
    Bernie, we love you and will greatly miss you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Doris.
    Love, Lynne & Chris
  • Jun 01, 2017
    This a sad time for of us.
    Many will miss the friendship & kindness Bernie brought to a friendship. Doris is very much in my thoughts at this time.
  • May 31, 2017
    Bernie and I were roommates in Kitimat in our single days. We were "best man" for each other at our weddings.. we were great friends for 49 years. I'll miss you "Buns" and think of you every day.
  • May 31, 2017
    We met Bernie golfing at Sunset Ranch, he could hit that ball long and straight. He was an 'early bird' teeing off first most mornings. Bernie always greeted you with a smile and kind words. We will miss Bernie at Sunset. What a gentleman he was, we were lucky to have known him for even a short time.
    Stan & Betty Watchorn
  • May 31, 2017
    Doris, my sympathies and prayers for you and your family. Bernie was a kind mentor to me for the bass recorder and a role model for us all.
    Love, Susan Sullivan
  • May 31, 2017
    Bernie was quite simply a fine human being, an example to us all. I have fond memories of running with Bernie decades ago in Kamloops and then hooking up again in Kelowna. Always fun, always smiling, always genuinely interested in others. I truly enjoyed and will forever cherish Bernie's company and friendship.
    Doris and family, rest assured Bernie will always be in our thoughts.
    Ken Baxter
  • May 31, 2017
    Bernie made our world a better place. He was a much loved, sweet, caring, happy and gentle soul who was such a great friend to all. We are deeply saddened by his sudden passing. Our sincere condolences to Doris, and sons Marc and Lorne and well as Bernie's siblings Ray, Ed, Vic, Paul, Marc and Lorraine and their families. Love, Lynda and Bob Fugger
  • May 31, 2017
    I only got to know Bernie a year ago playing golf with him and our mutual friends at Sunset Ranch. A more compassionate, thoughtful and universally sunny person I have not met. He clearly was invested in a wide range of activities and his family, all of which he pursued with enthusiasm and the greatest will. His sudden death was a blow to all of us and we all will miss his presence greatly.
    Our hearts go out to to Doris and his family.
    Martin Jackson
  • May 31, 2017
    Bernie was a truly wonderful man and I will always remember his warm smile and chats whenever we saw him in our neighbourhood. When our screen door was broken he offered to fix it with a truly joyful spirit, which is the very definition of Bernie. Our thoughts and love are with Doris.
    Bill and Jeannie Bates
  • May 31, 2017
    We are so sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
    Bob and Hope Gilbert
  • May 30, 2017
    Bernie was one of the first people I met when I joined Sunset Ranch golf course. He had such a great attitude and was so much fun to golf with. He also made probably the greatest birdie of all time on the 6th hole there. He even like golfing in the rain.
    He had a wonderful sense of humor and was nice to everyone. If it is possible to glow when you talk about your family then that is what Bernie did.
    One of the best people you could ever meet.
    Rod Clarke
  • May 30, 2017
    To Doris and family, Bernie will always be with you in your heart and looking over you. He was a big help to The YMCA Maintenance Department, keeping our equipment running. He will be greatly missed.
  • May 30, 2017
    We had the privilege of knowing Bernie many years ago. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.
    RIP Bernie
    Rob and Hanna Bolk
  • May 30, 2017
    He will be dearly missed. Diane Draffin
  • May 30, 2017
    Bernie will be missed by the KRC. He was an active participant in the club. He was such a gentle man. He will be missed by all his friends.
    Warmest thought for Doris & family.
  • May 30, 2017
    Doris and family,
    Thinking about you. Bernie was a lovely guy.
    Dale and Wendi
  • May 29, 2017
    Doris, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family this day.
    Jim Carta
  • May 29, 2017
    Ray and I were with Bernie and family throughout Bernie's stay in the hospital and in Hospice. We were very pleased to know that Doris was by Bernie's side when he passed. We will always hold Bernie close in our hearts and remember him as very kind, helpful, compassionate to others, always there when called upon by friends and family, a loving considerate husband and father, brother, brother in law, uncle, grandfather and friend. We will miss him very much.
    Until we meet again. Greatly missed by Val and Ray.
  • May 29, 2017
    Bernie was a very kind soul, and a true gentleman. He would be the 1st to volunteer his help to anyone that asked or needed. Quiet, strong silent, but very quick to smile and laugh. Always a pleasure to be around, and never a derogatory word about anyone. He was a "one of a kind" guy, and the world is a little more empty without a BERNIE here. If I had a chance to pick my own guardian angel, I would pick Bernie. He left behind a loving wife 2 remarkable sons who have a clear direction on how to live life. With passion and sensitivity for everyone. love u bro. Ray Trudeau