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Born: Feb 12, 1935
Date of Passing: May 08, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
February 12, 1935 - May 8, 2020
He is remembered lovingly by his wife Hazel; his three sons, Russell, Carl and Mark; his daughters-in-law, Dawn and Lois and two grandchildren, Correy and Ryan.
Bernard was born in Chorley, Lancashire, England and served in the British Army before marrying Hazel in 1956. In 1967, he moved his family to Canada.
He had a natural mechanical aptitude and became a Heavy Duty Mechanic while working for IOCC in Labrador City, NL. He ended his career as the head mechanical instructor at the Red River College, Winnipeg.
After retirement, he loved to work around the home and garden plus spending time with his family and dogs and cats. He chose to help people whenever possible and spent many days volunteering for community events.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no formal service.
Bardal Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
I had the honor of being one of Mr. Waddington's students at RRCC, back in '91 when he was the head instructor for the Heavy Equipment Mechanic course. He was a wonderful teacher with lots of patience and many colorful stories. I still remember the story he told of apprenticing on a ship, and dropping his flashlight into the grease trap at the bottom of one of the engines. He went and told his foreman that he had "dropped his torch into the grease trap". This resulted in an emergency stop and impromptu fire drill of the entire ship... He told us this story to emphasize the importance of being clear and accurate in what we say. At least Heaven now has a skilled mechanic... but Winnipeg is a little colder now. - Posted by: Glenn Seifert (student) on: Feb 09, 2021
Sorry to hear about Bernard's passing. He was great to work with both at Blackwood Dodge and later at Red River College diesel dept. A true mechanic. I recall the yellow Chrysler's engine rebuild at RRC for his camper towing. With it's reinforced rear axle and engine completed, he could pass a Greyhound bus going up-hill. Rest in peace Bernard. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ron Raymack (colleague) on: May 19, 2020
Condolences to the family. I worked with Bernard for several years at RRC. He was a wonderful human being. Rest in Peace, Bernard. Larry Skrumeda - Posted by: larry skrumeda (colleague) on: May 17, 2020
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