In memory of

Bernice Adeline Richmond

November 22, 1928 -  May 19, 2020

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Bernice Adeline Richmond, matriarch of our family on May, 19, 2020.
Born November 22, 1928, to the late Emily (Roe) and Andrew Crane of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Bernice was the eldest of three children. Humble beginnings, supportive parents, strong faith, and profound desire to help and care for others all contributed to defining the character and soul of a woman that will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
Bernice was a proud alumnus of the Port Arthur General Hospital’s School of Nursing (1950) and Lakehead University School of Nursing (1974).
She started her forty-two year long nursing career in Sioux Lookout in 1951. After marrying and moving to Port Arthur in 1954 Bernice began nursing at St Joseph’s General Hospital as a general duty Registered Nurse. In 1959, Bernice moved to the Port Arthur General Hospital, caring for patients and advancing her career in healthcare for the next three decades. Strong leadership abilities enabled Bernice to become a Head Nurse in 1963 and then an Administrative Supervisor in 1965. From 1967 to 1980 Bernice was the Staff Development Supervisor responsible for the planning and implementation of programs to improve primary and team nursing. As advancements in cardiac and diabetes care emerged, Bernice was responsible for ensuring that the nursing staffs were trained in those new advanced techniques and therapies. From 1980 to her retirement from the PAGH in 1989, Bernice held the post of Employee Health Services Supervisor, responsible for the health and wellbeing of the hospital’s 900 healthcare employees.
Retirement was brief for Bernice, for another four years Bernice provided vacation relief at a number of hospitals across the city.
A lifelong member of St. John’s Anglican Church, Bernice was committed to her faith and to the parish. She is remembered as a tireless volunteer supporting church programs, as well as serving on the Board of Management.
Bernice shared her experience, time, and skills with many community-based organizations including: Telecare Crisis Line, Drug Help Line, Missions to Seafarers, and to the Board for the Centre for the Developmentally Challenged.
During her long life Bernice loved to ski, enjoy the outdoors at camp, playing bridge, and traveling. Activities she shared with George her husband, the love of her life, her children, grand children, and her dear friends.
Bernice is predeceased by her parents Emily (1967) Andrew (1973), sister Joanie (2012), and husband of 60 years George (2012). She is survived by her brother Douglas (Susan), her three children William (Lillian) Richmond, Deborah Jason, and Andrea (Ed) Slabikowski, grandchildren Jeremy and Stephanie Jason, Matthew Keesick, Natalie (Vlad) Sherbatov, and great grandchildren Grayden Keesick, Bella and Ronald Sherbatov. Plus, many in-laws and special nephews (Christopher, Jeffrey, Jason, Mark) and their families.
We would like to thank the entire staff at VIVA Mississauga Retirement Residence, the many hard working and compassionate staff of Care Partners, and all the countless compassionate healthcare professionals that helped to look after Bernice.
She will be sadly missed but always remembered.
At this time, no public visitation or service is planned. A memorial for Bernice will be organized at a later date. As much as we would love to come together as a family to celebrate the life of Bernice – our mom, nana, friend, and neighbour - it is important to us (and would be to her) that everyone remain safe, support and love each other, and take some time to check in on a loved one. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Mount Pleasant Group website.

In honour of Bernice, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.


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Barry and Marian Duke (Friends)

Entered May 21, 2020 from Brampton

What a pleasure to meet and spend some time with such a lady. Bernice was the epitome of grace, and her strength of character was evident in her wonderful nursing career and her faith. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and hope they derive comfort from the wonderful memories they have and hope that we can, indeed, celebrate a life so well lived.

Cindy Sirry (Friend and former neighbour)

Entered May 21, 2020 from Etobicoke

Dear Andrea,Ed and family,
Bernice was a dear and special person.I know how much she meant to you. I am grateful to have had the privilege of knowing her.My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Dan, Susan, Zack and Kali Santerre (Neighbour and Friend)

Entered May 23, 2020 from Thunder Bay, Ontario

We were saddened to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a very special person. We enjoyed our time on Matthews Street and have many fond memories of both your mother and father.

Natalie on behalf of all Nan's grandchildren (Granddaughter)

Entered May 23, 2020 from Toronto

Our Nana was everything that we could have ever hoped for in a Nana and more. She always welcomed us into her home with such open loving arms and a big smile. She made each one us feel so incredibly loved and supported. Despite the four of us being very different people, each of us could always feel how proud she was of our own accomplishments and she was always so eager and interested to hear about our day to day lives. Throughout the past 30 + years, between the four of us, we likely spent many thousands of hours on the phone with her. It is surprising that anyone else was able to get anything more of a busy signal when they tried to phone her.
Our best memories of our Nana, are those with our Nana and Papa at the family home ( "161") and family camp ( "Loon"). The many years of everyday dinners and tea times, holiday dinners and traditions, celebrated together as a family at 161. The countless hours spent swimming, taking saunas, and playing outside all together at Loon.
We thank you our Dear Nana for all the love that you gave us, for the real that friendships you built with us, and for all the memories you made with us. We deeply miss you and will love you forever. You are one of a kind and we are so honoured to have had you as our Nan. Love always, Matt, Nat, Jeremy & Steph

Patti MacDonald (Daughter of Marilyn Morrison (Moon) nursing classmate at PAGH)

Entered May 24, 2020 from Orleans ontario

Our family sends heartfelt condolesnces to you. Growing up in Port Arthur we knew Bernice and George as our parents (Frank and Marilyn Morrison) were dear friends. Mom always told us the nursing stories and times with Bernice, Betty Eileen, and all the girls that graduated together. We have fun memories of Bernice and George visiting us at our camp at Silver Islet. From my dad Frank Morrison and all our family we send love and prayers. Your mom was an amazing woman and a great friend to my mom.
Love to you all❤🌷


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