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BERNARD EDWARD KOLEY
Born: Aug 21, 1934
Date of Passing: Jul 04, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
BERNARD EDWARD KOLEY
Born: August 21, 1934
Date Of Passing: July 4, 2019
Dad married our mother Elizabeth on April 7, 1956. With Mom's passing five years ago, Dad will be lovingly remembered by his son Mark (Maureen), daughters, Kym (Bento Peixoto) and Cynthia (Michael Young), precious grandchildren, Jordan, Leanne (Alex), Glen, Jarett, Taylor, Sean and Kelly, and his many friends. He is also survived by his brothers, Leonard, Lawrence (Linda), and precious nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, he attended Holy Ghost Parochial School taught by Benediction nuns, attended Lord Kitchener, and St. John High School.
Over many years and through his association and work with the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization dedicated to providing charitable services and promoting Catholic education, Dad has given his time and his heart to his community in Transcona. Our father was with the Transcona Council #3853 and attained Fourth Degree Member Status with Assembly No 1937.
For over 55 years Dad had directed his community volunteer efforts through the Knights of Columbus through a variety of positions and activities. Starting in 1964, he organized the Knights of Columbus Transcona Peewee Baseball League which grew to over 450 participants. Dad was also the Membership Chairman responsible for assisting members to enlist other individuals into the Knights Council. He assisted over 132 members over 45 years. He was also involved in many different forms of fundraising, ranging from selling raffle tickets to Sunday breakfasts to provide funds to the Blessed Sacrament and to St. Joseph the Worker for their education programs.
Dad had been a very instrumental individual on the volunteer Board of Directors for the Columbus Villa at 680 Kildare Ave East. The villa is a three-story apartment complex which provides subsidized housing to individuals over 55 years of age. He had been on the Board of Directors for over 44 years. Of this time, he was the Chairperson for 16 years and the Vice President for five years.
In 2016, Dad was honoured with a Community Leadership Award presented by Casera Credit Union recognizing his decades of hard work and dedication.
Dad started with the Winnipeg Police Department District #1 in 1955. He started as a Constable "walking the beat", then moved to Traffic Division and ended his career in the Traffic Courts Unit in 1991. Balancing the demands of shift work, he always found time for his family and his community work. We had many adventures travelling to the States, camping mostly at Grand Beach, sightseeing on day trips, visiting family and enjoying night time movies at the Starlite drive-in. He enjoyed travelling with Mom to the Barbados, Mexico, across the USA - such as Hawaii, California, Florida, and across Canada, most notably, Victoria and Saskatoon.
Grateful thanks to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for their support. Special thanks to the St. Boniface Palliative Care staff, nurses, doctors and aides on Ward 8A for their care at the end of Dad's life and for their compassion and comfort during a difficult time.
We will miss you Dad and Grandpa, thank you for all the memories and advice. We love you dearly and will miss you forever.
Cremation has taken place and a church service will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Parish on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
Korban Funeral Chapel
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2019
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. We share in your loss. We hope the wonderful memories he left you with will help comfort you at this difficult time. I remember Uncle Bernard helping to build our family cottage at Winnipeg Beach, and the fun we had with our cousins who came along. Uncle Bernard gave me the gift of delivering my "toast to the bride"; it made me feel so special. And he always made himself available as an emcee or to give toasts to elevate all our family functions. Uncle Bernard was always interested in what was happening with his extended family, and when we got together he loved to share the accomplishments and adventures of his beloved kids and grandkids. Whenever we returned to Winnipeg over the last 10 years, we would always schedule a meal with Uncle Bernard. We enjoyed our breakfasts together at Smittys or Aaltos to "catch up ". When we were last in Winnipeg in September we were so grateful that we had the opportunity to take Uncle Bernard to one of his favourite eateries - Joey's Seafood - where he reminded us that the fries were unlimited. He had a twinkle in his eye! When we started to pursue our ancestry, Uncle Bernard went out of his way to fill in the gaps in the family history, and he linked us with an even larger extended family. It was just so obvious that family was paramount to Uncle Bernard. I will particularly miss his "love you sweetheart" when we were leaving. Goodbye Dear Uncle Bernard. We will truly miss your smiling face! You were a Gem! - Posted by: Janice and Bill Larkin (Niece ) on: Jul 13, 2019
Not surprised to see a full and giving life lived by Mr. Koley. I remember him as a gentle giant who called me Bob. Always wanted the best for people. He created and left his community footprint and it was generous and thoughtful. Both Mr and Mrs Koley were the kind of neighbours you wanted to see on the street, they were lovely lovely people and I am glad they were in the neighbourhood. My household would like to extend our deepest sympathies for you all at this time. - Posted by: Robert Fairbairn (Childhood neighbour) on: Jul 13, 2019
I worked with Bernie in the Traffic Court Unit for several years. Bernie knew so much about the Criminal Code traffic matters that Officers from Constable to Chief would consult with him. These were the most enjoyable years working with Bernie. We kept in contact with weekly phone calls for the past few years. I am battling cancer and am in Palliative Care which will prevent me from attending Bernie’s funeral service. Bernie was an honest and true friend. Rest In Peace Partner. - Posted by: George Hargreaves (Co-worker (Police Officer)/ Friend) on: Jul 12, 2019
Uncle B was a great uncle and I have many childhood memories of our camping adventures at Falcon Lake and Grand Beach, the annual golf bbqs, his culinary skills of tuna casserole or when he would drive me to school in the police car and would put on the siren when we reached the school yard. Uncle B always appreciated his back scratches when he would visit my parents and my brothers and sisters and I often would fight who would scratch his back so we could walk away with our 25 cents for our service. May you rest in peace Uncle B - you will be missed. - Posted by: Karen Kossack (Koley) (Niece/Goddaughter) on: Jul 11, 2019
Bernard has left a hole in our family. He was always interested in extended family and their children and left us all with wonderful memories. I never heard him say a negative comment about anyone and his friendship was highly cherished by his friends. He and Liz raised a beautiful family who will continue to carry on with the values he instilled in them. When we think of him, sometimes we will laugh, sometimes we will cry, but we will always be grateful he was part of our lives. Our sympathy goes out to all of Bernard's family and friends. - Posted by: Linda and Lawrence Koley (Brother and sister-in-law) on: Jul 10, 2019
This is a heartfelt condolence going out to the family. We will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. Whenever we were lucky enough to get together with Bernie, he always had humor and joy to bring to the conversation. Bernie made you feel comfortable and welcome. Such an awesome gentleman!! Robert, Audrey and the Moore children. - Posted by: Moore Family (In-laws) on: Jul 10, 2019
Very sorry for your loss. My condolences to the entire family - Posted by: June Donnelly (Koley) (Friend) on: Jul 10, 2019
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