• Born on April 9, 1965 .
  • Passed away on March 9, 2019 .

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bernadine Joel. She was taken from us by unknown causes at the age of 53.

Bernadine was born and raised in Hamilton Ontario. She moved and travelled extensively throughout her life, but her strongest roots were in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she chose to raise her family. She had an exciting and multifaceted career, working for companies such as the Archdiocese of Toronto, Deloitte & Touche, and Medavie Blue Cross. She had an entrepreneurial spirit and was part of several startups, including Atlantic Lean Manufacturing, and a small bistro called the Pear Tree. Bernadine was a talented chef who cooked countless memorable dishes for her friends and family. She also enjoyed gardening, travelling, and adventures of all kinds. She was politically active in her later years, and cared deeply about promoting the rights of workers, women, immigrants, and the LGBT community.

Among other things, Bernadine was loved for her wicked sense of humor, her exceedingly generous, kind-hearted nature, and her reputation for being an honest and genuine person. She was someone who thought about things thoroughly, felt everything deeply, and lived life to the absolute fullest. She leaves behind her two children, Michael and Samantha, as well as many friends and extended family. She will be missed terribly.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to M.A. Clark & Sons Funeral Home, 567 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton Ontario.

The service will take place at 2pm on Sunday, March 17, with a reception to follow. Viewing will also be available from 12-2pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bernadine's life.

Posted by Dawn Leblanc on 15th March 2019
Bernadine was a great friend,we met when she moved to Sackville N.B.She was one of the most strong independent women I knew.She knew how to throw a great gathering around food!She was so proud of Samantha and Michael and loved them very much !I will miss her and cherish the great memories we shared.
Posted by Carolyn Clarkson on 15th March 2019
​Bernadine lit up every room she walked into. Her love for her family, friends and life radiated. My fondest memories are from around the dining room table. Her passion for food came through in every bite. I will forever remember cooking and laughing in the kitchen. She loved with her whole being. Her love for Samantha and Michael was her world. Bernadine will be cherished in my heart forever.
Posted by Phil Hallett on 15th March 2019
Becca and I send our condolences. To die suddenly at such a young age too adds to the sorrow. Although we never met your mom Sam she looks and sounds like she was a wonderful person much like you. May she rest in peace. God bless you. Phil & Becca
Posted by Christine Roberts on 14th March 2019
With saddness & sorrow. Such a brilliant woman. A kind and gentle soul. I will treasure the bond and memories we shared.
Posted by Joan Vautour on 14th March 2019
Bernadine was in our family for a number of years as a partner of my nephew.. Even though things didn't work out for them. We still cared about her & I know my nephew did too..There will always be a piece of our heart's missing because you left us..We will meet again Bernadine & will once again be family.
Posted by Janice Perry on 14th March 2019
Steven and I send our deepest condolences to Sam and her family at this very sad time. We did not know her well, but she seemed like a very lovely person. We're sure she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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