I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Bernhardt. From what I understand from Brian, my dear friend and brother in the Lord, he will be dearly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
Through my journey in life and through my recovery, I have learned that the measure of a man is not found in success, performance or material goods. The measure of a man is found in the richness of the relationships built while on earth, and the rewards stored up in heaven from serving God and living in obedience and following Jesus throughout our lifetime. Mr. Bernhardt left a wonderful legacy on earth and is now enjoying his rewards and eternal presence with our Creator.
Condolence: The Sweatman family has innumerable cherished memories of our first introductions to cottage life, with visits to St. John, NB, Newaygo, PQ and of course Bolsover, ON. The Bernhardt family was an integral part of our growing up years. I was honoured to have Mr. and Mrs. Bernhardt as my godparents (Verdun Pentecostal baby dedication), growing up with their family (Agincourt Pentecostal), attend our wedding 35 years ago (Waterloo Pentecostal), and even be there for Rob’s PhD graduation in 1991 (University of Waterloo). John (to my parents) or Mr. Bernhardt (to all of us kids) was the jack-of-all-trades who was always working on the latest building project at his home/cottage or wherever he visited. He loved new challenges, and led countless overseas mission building projects. Some of John’s stories and escapades are now part of our family’s folklore. One of my favourite memories was while I was studying overseas in Israel. While touring with a men’s fellowship group, he managed to connect with me to deliver a family care package. Receiving a package from home was special, but the best part was seeing his bright and enthusiastic smile, for which he was famous. Mr. Bernhardt was an awesome family man with a distinct presence that has etched wonderful stories on all our memories, and I am truly blessed to have known him.
Condolence: To the Bernhardt family.
We were saddened to hear of John’s passing. Please be assured that you will be in our thoughts and prayers in days and weeks to come.
Pastor Paddock, Church Board & Congregation.
Condolence: I'm sorry for your loss. Never written one of these but here is my memory of this great man. John was "a mans man" Lead by example, never sat down, always busy serving the family, friends, our church, mens fellowship groups and even nationally. The guy could be white collar at IBM or building his cottage with his own hands. He & Ruby took me in at ripe old age of 18 for a couple months. (thx for begging for me Brian lol). John watched his spending. He kept the thermostat at 61 as I remember. No heating bills I believe :-). John always had a smile on his face ....and was always so warm & sincere. I guess that's why the Lord left him here as long as He did. To touch as many lives as possible. What a guy. A "Mans MAN"
Condolence: John was a welcome part of our weekly ROMEO meetings in Bolsover each Wednesday morning. He was a lovely man and a true gentleman's gentleman. Soft spoken and quick with a laugh or chuckle, John enjoyed our gatherings each and every week. We all admired him for his very active lifestyle which included; hunting, fishing, looking after his property and the love of family.
John was truly one of a kind and he'll be sadly missed.
To Ruby and the Bernhardt children, please know that John meant so much to our Wednesday morning coffee group....AKA The ROMEOS.
Condolence: Ruby and family:
I'm so very sorry to hear of John's passing. I know you are surrounded by love of your family, god, and friends . Help each other through such a difficult time. I'm sending hugs to you all.
Such memories to talk about and remember the great times that he has left you.
RIP to such a wonderful gentleman.