It is with much sadness and love that our family announces the passing of Bernard Henri Lemay on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the age of 84, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 55 years, Maxine; three children: Colette (Pierre) Schmidt of Columbia, SC, Daniel Lemay of Courtenay, BC, Andre (Linda) Lemay, of Edmonton; five grandchildren: Zakarie, Joël, Emilie, Théo and Vivianne. He is also survived by his brother René (Lidia) Lemay of Calgary, Hélène (Dale) Kalbfleisch of Edmonton, and sisters-in-law Marilyn, Helen, and Robin Lemay.
He is predeceased by his parents, Ambroise and Yvonne; his brothers Marc, Georges, and Denis, and his sister Yvonne.
Bernie was born on December 7, 1933, in Trochu, Alberta to parents of French-Canadian heritage. One of seven siblings, life on the farm was challenging but full of love and music. From playing hockey on the pond to musical jam sessions in the living room, Bernie lived a life full of family, travel, and a passion for learning. He attended U of A and received a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and then in Education. Bernie dedicated 32 years of his work life to teaching and teachers. Retirement allowed him to pursue his love of travelling the world with Maxine, photography, and music. Bernie also continued to tirelessly serve on many boards including the Edmonton Retired Teachers and Bosco Homes.
Energetic and passionate in all things, Bernie lived his life with integrity and kindness. His logical mind allowed him to learn anything he set his mind to and Bernie’s love of learning touched all aspects of his life.
Maxine and his children will fondly remember the many camping trips and the wonderful time spent at Lac Santé sailing, canoeing, and singing around the campfire. His grandchildren will remember his sound advice and willingness to listen.
The Memorial Service for Bernard will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 10:45 am at Eglise St-Thomas d’Aquin, 8410-89 street, Edmonton, AB. A private inurnment will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make a charitable donation to The Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta, www.alzheimer.ca/en/ab.