March 2, 2023
In Loving Memory (1928-2023) ~
Bernice died peacefully on March 2, 2023, at the North Island Hospital, Comox Valley.
She was predeceased by her husband, Murray Baker (2003), her sister Eileen (Patis) Digout (2010) and her daughter Bonnie’s partner, Robert de Vet (2021).
Bernice will be missed terribly by her daughters Bonnie Baker (Annapolis Royal) and Deirdre Baker (Toronto), daughter and son-in-law Lorie and Michael Eddy (Comox), sister Wanda (Patis) Michener (Welland), and her much-loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bernice moved to Comox in 2015, but Brantford was always home. It was where she was born, grew up, and got her first job, assembling small motors for the WWII war effort. It was also where she met and married Murray in 1949.
They moved out of town to nearby Maple Grove, where they built a house, a family, and later a business. But when retirement brought them back to Passmore Court in Brantford in 1998, Bernice, ever the city girl, was delighted.
Bernice was a dedicated member of All Saints’ Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, Ontario. She loved Long Point, Ontario and the cottage she and Murray built there in the 1960s. Bernice enjoyed the company of small children and animals, especially dogs.
While living at Stevenson Place in Comox, she spent many hours in front of her bedroom window, playing solitaire and watching the antics of dogs and kids in the park below.
Bernice was independent, sometimes stubborn, but above all sociable, curious, and eager to make people feel comfortable. She never lost her desire to stay connected with her Ontario friends and family while making new friends among the staff and residents of Cumberland Lodge, her final home.
Trees fascinated her. Her love of people and trees came together beautifully when she lived at Stevenson Place. She grew oak seedlings on her balcony from acorns she had gathered in the neighbouring park and then gave them freely to her neighbours. She’d be pleased to know her legacy lives on in these trees now growing across the Comox Valley.
The family gives their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Cumberland Lodge and the North Island Hospital for their gentle kindness and compassionate care.
Cremation has taken place. Bernice will be interred later at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Mount Pleasant, Ontario.
If you want to remember Bernice with a donation, please give to the animal charity of your choice—or simply pat a dog, have a conversation with a child, or call an old friend and ask how they’re doing.
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