Bernie Cross passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2003 at the age of 49, after a long and courageous battle with Viral Cardio-Myopathy.
Bernie is greatly missed by his wife Betty; his son Travis; and daughter Whitney; as well as his brother Barrie Cross (Linda Cross); and nieces, Lorrie Cross and Sandi Cross. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Randy Kammerer; and mother-in-law Nellie Kammerer.
He was predeceased by his mother Rose in 1995.
Born in Chilliwack on December 21, 1953, Bernie spent his entire life in the area he enjoyed so much. His first love was the outdoors, and Bernie found peace and solace in the mountains and forests.
Graduating from CSSS in 1972, Bernie excelled at all sports and was a gifted football player. His athletic ability garnered him a full scholarship to Washington State University. As well, he loved basketball, golf, and to watch and participate in logging sports and tug-o-war competitions. Bernie was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
Bernie had a great love and appreciation for music, especially the banjo, bluegrass, and Elvis gospel music. He cherished his Gibson Mastertone Banjo and spent many hours playing it; much to the neighbours’ pleasure!
For most of his working life Bernie was employed in the forest industry, working in a variety of roles and positions. He also worked in the public service as corrections officer and later as a municipal employee.
Bernie was elected to Chilliwack Council in 1993 where he served on multiple boards and committees, including the Fraser Valley Regional District. He fought tirelessly for the good of Chilliwack and particularly devoted himself to youth, the disabled and the elderly.
A Celebration of Bernie’s Life will be held at the Chilliwack Alliance Church on Monday, June 23, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Dave Huebert will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request that donations be made to Big Brothers and Sisters; the White Cane Club, or Chilliwack and District Seniors’ Resource Society.