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NORMAN BERNARD (BERNIE) COCKERILL 1944 - 2003 We regret to announce the sudden passing of Norman Bernard (Bernie) Cockerill of Charlie Lake, B.C., formerly of Roblin and Lynn Lake, MB., on Wednesday, July 23, 2003. Norman Cockerill, known to many as Bernie, is survived by his wife Kathleen (Kathy) children, Bernie, Jonathan, Brad, Steven, Linda and Doris; and by grandson Trevor. He was predeceased by his father Norman Cockerill; and his daughter Angela. He leaves to mourn his mother Mary Cockerill of Roblin; his Aunt Ruth Sanders and Uncle Roy Cockerill, Aunt Emma Ewart, Uncles, Charlie and Bob Pound, and Aunt Dorothy Allison; his brothers, Jack (Gail), Doug (Amy), Tom and Bill; his sisters, Barb McParland (Clare), Darleen Allen (Jim) and Pat Case (Bob) as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and an extensive circle of friends. Bernie was born in Dauphin in 1944, the eldest child of Mary and Norman Cockerill of Roblin, MB. The family moved to the farm outside Roblin when Bernie was eleven. It was on the farm that Bernie learned the work ethic which characterized his whole life, sharing the rigours of farm life with his four brothers and three sister. In 1962 he moved to Lynn Lake, where he met Kathleen Hunt. They married in McIntosh, ON., in 1965, beginning a truly remarkable partnership. After working in Manitouwadge, ON., and in Roblin, he and Kathy moved to Lynn Lake in 1969, where their family grew to include Little Bernie, Jonathan, Brad, Steven, Linda and Doris. Bernie qualified as an industrial electrician. After the Lynn Lake mine closed, the family moved to find work. They eventually made their home in Charlie Lake, B.C., and recently Bernie began work with B.C. Hydro. Bernie was a unique and memorable personality. Many, many people were welcomed into the Cockerill household, regaled with food, stories and invited to join the family in fishing or camping expeditions. Bernie loved sports and competition, but above all he enjoyed the outdoors, particularly fishing. He and Kathy travelled extensively to keep in contact with family and friends across Western Canada. Bernies presence at any event added an extra dimension of enthusiasm to the many socials, dances and family gatherings he attended. Bernie generously offered his time, effort and expertise to help people deal with the many little problems which arise in the course of daily life. Above all, Bernie was a truly wonderful human being who deeply cared for all the people in his life. In this difficult time, special thanks are extended to Renate and Willi for all their companionship and support. Memorial gifts in memory of Norman Bernard Cockerill may be made either to the Roblin District Cemetery Fund or the Roblin and District Handi-Van Fund. Funeral service Monday, July 28 at Knox United Church in Roblin.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 30, 2003
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