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Born: Sep 01, 1912

Date of Passing: May 02, 2017

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BERNARD EDWIN HUBERT He seemed invincible - after all he was still driving, golfing, curling, painting, and medication free, at 97. It's true his driving skills were - questionable - and it became necessary to change his transportation to Handi Transit - or, on one occasion, hitchhiking - but he remained totally independent until 100. But, at 104, missing his beloved wife Helen, Bernie apparently decided it was time, and quickly and quietly slipped away on May 2, 2017 to joyously rejoin her. Bernie was born September 1, 1912, to Francis John Hubert and Selina (nee Blampied), the youngest of four children and the only one born in Canada. His parents had recently emigrated from the Isle of Jersey, along with several of their French speaking cousins. Completing Grade 11 at 16, he joined the Imperial Bank of Canada, later CIBC, remaining until his retirement at 65. He had great fashion style, and always dressed for the occasion, as the photo of him on his BSA motorcycle in the 1930s will attest, although it is harder to explain the photos of him skiing in the nude! At 23 he contracted tuberculosis and spent a year in the Edmonton Sanatorium, emerging with just one fully functioning lung, but alive and well - one of the lucky to survive. That lung worked well for another 80 years! Mom and Dad met in 1932 in Edson, Alberta when Dad was posted there. They courted for many years, not due to hesitance but because bank rules required Dad earn a certain salary before permitting marriage. They married in 1941 and enjoyed 73 years together until Helen's death in 2014. They worked things out well - Dad was the earner, Mom maintained the home fires, and Dad learned to say "yes dear". Both did their best for their family and each other - they were perfect for each other. Watching them dance or skate together was "poetry in motion" - lovely. After several transfers with the bank, Dad opened a branch in Transcona in 1956 and settled down. He became an active participant in community life in Transcona - the church, Chamber of Commerce, Transcona Golf Club, curling, square dancing. They made good and close friends. He also loved to sing, and in addition to the church choir, sang with the Winnipeg Men's Choir for many years. After retirement, golfing, curling and a new great interest, painting, absorbed his time, as well as "snow birding" to Mesa. A man of few words, even fewer as he aged, Dad took on all his responsibilities in life dutifully, quietly and with integrity. He was devoted to Helen and looked after her patiently and lovingly as her health declined. When she entered the nursing home, he travelled daily to spend time with her there, and later, joined her. They were inseparable. Dad was predeceased by his siblings, Harold, Phyllis and Lynn, his son-in-law Ajmal, and daughter-in-law Bonnie. He is survived by his children, John, Lynda (Peter) and Bill (Nancy), and his beloved grandchildren, Gwenda, Cheryl, Michael, Pamela, Brad, Kim, Kirk and Tod. He is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, a number that always amazed him. We are so blessed to have had him for so long. Thank you to Dr. I. Mohammed for his years of care and also the staff at Kildonan Personal Care Centre for their professional, special care over the past years. We would also like to thank Dad's amazing tablemates at Kildonan Personal Care Centre, particularly Doris Friesen and Bert Stevens, who were so kind and caring with Dad. Funeral service is Thursday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Avenue West, with Rev. Carol Fletcher conducting the service. In lieu of flowers, if desired, contribute to your favourite charity. Rest in peace, dear father, and say hello to Mom for us. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home & Cemetery Highway #1 East at Navin Road Winnipeg, MB (204) 222 3241 Condolences may be sent to

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 20, 2017

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Bern was member of United Church Choir with my mother Betty Dunn and was member of choir that sang at my wife and I's wedding in 1968. My brother Gary worked with him at Bank in early 60"s. Best to family and sad also of passing of your mother a couple of years ago. Condolences on passing of spouses, Bonnie I recall very well, a nice lady. Blake Dunn - Posted by: Blake Dunn (Fellow Transconian) on: May 21, 2017

  • What a great life Bernie Hubert lived ! Mr Hubert took a big risk when he hired me in Sept 1957. ( I retired from CIBC in Red Deer in 1995. ) My stay at the Transcona Branch was short ( Sept 10/57 -June 1/59 , but enjoyable for a young guy. Mr Hubert was patient with me and was a great help to me, tutoring me in the banking routines. I will forever be indebted to him. We extend our heartfelt thoughts to the family. Grant ( & Carole ) Edmonds Red Deer, AB - Posted by: GRANT EDMONDS (FELLOW CIBC BANKER) on: May 21, 2017

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