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Born: Jul 24, 1947

Date of Passing: May 25, 2017

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DAVID JAMES BERTNICK July 24, 1947 - May 25, 2017 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden, unexpected passing of our beloved husband and father. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Roslyn; daughters Lisa (James) Noble and Sarah (Devin Reimer) Bertnick; son Daniel Bertnick; and his sisters Joyce Baxter and Arlene (Jack) Martens. He was predeceased by his parents Dan and Evelyn Bertnick; his brother Doug Bertnick, and his sister Marjorie. Dave was born and educated in Dauphin. He moved to Winnipeg in 1968 to attend Teacher's College. He was hired in 1969 by the St. James Assiniboia School Division. His first position was at Kirkfield Park School, which at that time was a segregated school for mentally handicapped students. While working full time he furthered his studies at summer school and night school to obtain his Education Degree. He was transferred to teach a special education class at Linwood School. The school division administration quickly recognized his leadership skills, and his passion and effectiveness for special education. He moved into an administrative role as a Special Ed./Resource Coordinator while still in his 20s. His further administrative jobs as a principal took him to Bruce Jr. High School; back to Kirkfield Park, as well as Stevenson Britannia, and Strathmillan Elementary Schools; five years as the Clinical Administrator at Educational Support Services; then on to Golden Gate and Ness Middle Schools. Dave retired in 2003, but after a year and a half he realized how much he missed his work as an educator and went to work as a resource teacher at both Westdale and General Byng schools. As usual, his involvement and concern was with students with a variety of needs that were not being met. Dave had unbounded enthusiasm and energy for many causes. In addition to his work as a school administrator, he made contributions to the Manitoba Teacher's Society, the Department of Education Reading Recovery Implementation Team, and the Manitoba Government Child Abuse Registry Committee. He was a founding board member of the Westwood Vocational Centre, and the initial organizer and president of the Ratepayers Association in the Village of Dunnottar. His contributions to society were great, but if you asked him what was most important to him he would say that it was his wife and family. Roslyn was the love of his life and he took every opportunity to demonstrate his love for her. He was a devoted father to his children. For several years he was an amazing single parent to his daughter Lisa. He brought the same love and support to Sarah and Daniel. He was happiest when surrounded by his family. He cherished the family times at the cottage in Matlock. He will be missed. Contributions to the Nourishing Potential Fund through the Winnipeg Foundation would be welcomed. This fund is dedicated to supporting child and youth nutrition programs in Winnipeg. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Ave. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200
Publish Date: Jun 3, 2017

DAVID JAMES BERTNICK With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband and father, David Bertnick on May 25, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending and a longer obituary will follow.

Publish Date: May 27, 2017

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 03, 2017

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Very sorry to hear of Dave's passing! I enjoyed working with him. He was always lots of fun to be around. My heart goes out to Roslyn and family at this difficult time. Bob Watson - Posted by: Bob Watson (Colleague ) on: Jun 15, 2017

  • Condolences to family, Sad to see a childhood friend passing. It makes you reflect on fun times together. - Posted by: Doug Porter (Friend years ago growing up in Dauphin ) on: Jun 08, 2017

  • When I heard that Dave was working at General Byng I dropped in to see him to ask what he might need for his room. Dishes and utensils, even a microwave! Given my dad had just moved and my birth mother had passed, I gathered all their dishes, pots and microwave. I still remember the terrific smile of thanks and enthusiasm this gift brought to his program. I am sorry for your loss Roslyn and Dan. Spent tonight with Lauren W. and Sam my daughter in Toronto. This is how I first met you -through our musical children. It was a blessing that have you as a part of our school division as well. May you fly with the angels. Rest and peace. - Posted by: Mona-Lynne Ayotte (Teacher and friend) on: Jun 05, 2017

  • Roslyn, Tannis and I extend our condolences to you and your family in Dave's sudden passing. These life changing events are never easy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you journey the lost of your dear husband. - Posted by: Ken & Tannis Niziol (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2017

  • I am saddened by the news of Dave's passing and want to express my condolences to his family and also to fellow co-workers who knew Dave longer than I did. Even though it has been years since our paths crossed, I will always remember his positive and uplifting approach when it came to solving problems and always with that 'special' twinkle in his eye. Thanks for the memories, Dave and God speed. Everyone loved you. Alene Whitlaw - Posted by: Alene Whitlaw (colleague/teacher) on: Jun 05, 2017

  • I am truly saddened to hear of Dave's passing. He was a colleague in St.James-Assiniboia, fellow MTS rep, special educator, and friend. I have many fond memories of Dave's committment to education and to his terrific sense of humour. Wishing I could be there for his service. - Posted by: Rick Strongman (Friend and colleague) on: Jun 05, 2017

  • Such a staggering loss. Just last year, Roslyn hosted a reunion of vagabonds from a long-ago tramp through western Europe. As co-host, Dave was supremely congenial and gracious and and hospitable and kind to his wife's constellation of (formerly wild and crazy) friends. Dave's exemplary career in teaching touched hundreds – no, thousands – of lives and made them better.  Therein lies the singular marker of a life well lived. I deeply regret that I am unable to attend the memorial service. My profuse and heartfelt condolences to Roslyn, Lisa, Sarah, and Daniel – and to all of Dave's colleagues and family and friends. He shall remain forever in our hearts. - Posted by: Scott Summers (Family friend from Harvard, IL) on: Jun 04, 2017

  • I hadn't seen Dave for many years, but we grew up together in Dauphin, and were good friends in junior high school. He was always so much fun. I still laugh about some of the stuff we used to do. Sorry to hear of his passing. No doubt he will be missed. - Posted by: Phil McBurney (Junior High Friend) on: Jun 03, 2017

  • I am so sorry, and so sad to read of Dave's passing. I worked as an EA for Dave when he was a resource teacher at Westdale Jr. High. Dave left a lasting impression on me. His care and concern for students was immeasurable. He was a kind, caring, and endearing man that made everyone around him feel good. He was the kind of leader we should all be so lucky to work with/for. I would often run into him at the Y with my children and he always made time to say hello and ask about life, and talk about his family and retirement. My thoughts are with his dear family and friends...the world has lost an exceptional human being. - Posted by: Michelle Sparrow () on: Jun 03, 2017

  • Me.Bertnick was an amazing principal when I was at golden gate (94-96). At the time I was like any other teen I didnt think a person could really do anything to change ones life but as I got older and over the years of being at the school I realized a person can... We skipped school one day and Mr. Bertnick found out but instead of tell our parents he made us wash all the windows in the school and change the garbage....I asked him later why he didn't tell on us and he said " I didn't tell because being punished by grounding is not a punishment. Children do wrong sometimes if you make them work hard and they don't like it then the next time they think of doing something wrong they will think about the hard work they will have to do and maybe they will rethink what they are doing. That sorta changed my thinking on life and from that moment on I only think of ways to help others I spend my life helping others now. My daughters went to Golden Gate as well for school and I showed them Mr Bertnicks picture in the office and I told them this story. Mr. Bertnick you are an amazing person you will be missed by so many. Thank you for being a part of my life! - Posted by: Sarah (Student ) on: Jun 03, 2017

  • We are profoundly sad to know this shocking news. Dave was an exceptional man, and an unforgetable friend. He loved so much Cuba, its culture and its people. Thank you Dave for so much love and friendship. I am sure we will meet again some time in the future. So long my friend. Mabel and Tomas from Cuba - Posted by: Thomas Misas (Friend) on: Jun 03, 2017

  • I only met Dave very briefly once. I know he must have been quite the guy to have captured my close friend Roslyn, I will be there,at a distance ,to help her through this life changing event. My thoughts are with her and children. - Posted by: Terry Kelly (Friend) on: Jun 03, 2017

  • We are deeply saddened with the news of Dave's passing. Even though we have long left Friendly Manitoba to come back home to the East Coast,we keep nothing but fond memories of this wonderful man. His integrity, work ethic and fairness made him a special person to work for. His kindness, love for family and his super sense of humor made him an even more special person to be be around on a social basis. To Roslyn and the children, please know that you are in our prayers during these incredibly trying times. Ernest and Louise Rice Rothesay, New Brunswick - Posted by: Ernest and Louis (Friends and former colleagues) on: May 31, 2017

  • Dave's passing was shocking news to all but none so much as to his family. My thoughts are with them all. He was a stellar man to work for. I worked with him in 2 different schools in the St. James Assiniboia School Division. He had a strong work ethic along with a great sense of humour. A lot of work got done balanced with a lot of laughter and fun. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Marly Shipley Mustard (Former co-worker) on: May 29, 2017

  • Dave's passing is truly shocking and very upsetting.Dave was a great guy, lots of fun and a man of sterling character. He was always willing to get involved and prepared to pitch in to help other people. Dave, we will miss you. John Carlyle - Posted by: John Carlyle (Colleague and friend) on: May 29, 2017

  • So sorry to hear of Davids passing He was a great cousin to grow up with. Will always cherish the fond times we had in Dauphin Later cousin - Posted by: Daryl Rondeau (Cousin) on: May 28, 2017

  • David was an educator who deserved each compliment he received and many more - Roslyn, our thoughts are with you - Posted by: James Friesen (work mate) on: May 27, 2017

  • Dave was a highly respected educator who had a very positive influence on so many people throughout his career. He was a very supportive and caring person. My condolences to his family. Gary Hamilton - Posted by: Gary Hamilton (Fellow Educator) on: May 27, 2017

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