Joseph Bernard Doucet
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the
passing of Bernard Doucet (affectionately known as Bernie) on June 8,
2018, on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, where he died
peacefully surrounded by family.
Bernie spent his formative years in Bathurst, New Brunswick, where he forged a deep bond with his siblings and lifelong friends. He left his beloved hometown as a young adult to join the federal government, working for a number of ministries and eventually becoming a leading expert in the field of employee compensation.
Bernie was fiercely proud of his East Coast roots and service to the Canadian Armed Forces. He was blessed with an active mind — an avid reader with an encyclopedic memory and a gifted storyteller with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and intellectual pursuits.
He could build or fix practically anything, from houses to car engines, skills he patiently taught his two sons. He was a well–respected hockey coach and could beat the pants off anyone who challenged him to a game of cards.
But most of all, Bernie was a loving father, brother, and friend. He’ll be remembered as a funny, joyful, and kind man with a big heart whose glass was always half full — even in his final days. He will be sadly missed.
Bernie is predeceased by his daughter, Denise (Rocco Ciancio).
He leaves behind the love of his life
— his wife, Valerie — his sister, Jean (John
Cormier) and five children: Louise (Doug Motherwell), Suzanne (Hulber
Gagliardini), Carol–Anne (Randy Chambers), Joey, and Paul.
Also mourning his loss are his grandchildren: Claire, Jesson,
Nicholas, Chloe, Jacob, Jean–Philippe, Matthew, Christopher,
sister–in–law, Norma Doucet, many nephews and
nieces, and extended family members.
Besides his parents, George and Frances (Branch) Doucet, Bernie is predeceased by his sisters: Marion Quinn, Loretta Quinn, and Lois McGregor, his brother, Clarence Doucet, and a stepbrother, Earl Doucet.
A celebration of Bernie’s life will be held on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 11 a.m. from Holy Family Church.
For those wishing to send tokens of sympathy, donations to the Gulf Islands Families Together Society (www.gulfislandgifts.com ) are gratefully accepted.
Arrangements are in the care of Elhatton Funeral Home (www.elhatton.com), Bathurst.