Bernhard Wilfred Reinhardt passed away on Wed., January 23, 2008 at the Bradley Centre after a long and courageous, but tiring battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Missing him and remem–bering a life well lived are his loving wife of 54 years, Elsie; son: Dale (Kimberly), and daughter Beverly (David); grandchildren: Michael, Junia, Kailey, and Danaye; great-grandson: Hunter; and brother: Herb (Christa) of Edmonton.
Berne was born in Didsbury AB, on September 12, 1927 to Edward and Gertrude Reinhardt who had immigrated to Canada in 1927. They moved to Chilliwack in 1943 where he met, fell in love and married Elsie Heibner in 1953.
He was a quiet, hard working man who dairy farmed and worked construction, building many of the barns, homes and silos that still dot the landscape around Chilliwack, and even a few downtown business buildings and apartments.
He was a godly man, very involved in his church, teaching Sunday School, preparing craft projects for children, singing and playing his violin. He gave all he could, and then some, of his time, abilities, sweat and finances to every work project his church took in. As a family man and neighbor, it was never about Berne, but about what he could do for others.
“Make it your ambition to live a quiet life… to work with your hands… so that your daily life may win the respect of others…” 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12.
Interment will be at Chilliwack Cemeteries on Feb. 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Service to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2008 at Chilliwack Evangelical Missionary Church, 9310 Williams St, Chilliwack.
Pallbearers are: Kevin and Kelly Heibner, Glen McKay, Michael Prawdzik, Paul Schmidt and Wayne Schultz.
The family thanks Dr. Bull and the staff at PPEC*, Chilliwack General Hospital, and the Bradley Centre for the generous care Berne received.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to *Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, UBC Site, at 2221 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 2B5, or to the Chilliwack Evangelical Missionary Memorial Fund.