Our Beloved Bernice
Bernice Swann
  • 66 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 30, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Stockport-Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Jun 27, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Salisbury-Wiltshire, United Kingdom
She will live on forever in our hearts

This memorial website was created in memory of Bernice Swann, 66, born on October 30, 1949 and passed away on June 27, 2016. 

Bernice's Funeral will be Tuesday 19th of July at 12.15pm at the Salisbury Crematorium Barrington Road SP1 3JB.

Bernice was a beautiful, kind, caring, generous lady. She is considered a Hero to many, having overcome many obstacles in her early years, to build a beautiful life with her husband & soulmate of 36 years, Brian. She loved her furbabies dearly (Jaydee, Ketchup, Hedi & Merlin). She lived life to the fullest, despite battling cancer several times. She wrote a book-I Will Survive: My Personal Fight with the Big C, that has been an inspiration to so many. She will be greatly missed, although I know that she will be near to all of us, if we just look for her.

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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Debra Moncrieff on 29th June 2017

"I always remember you with fondness dear Bernice, always loved and very missed. Debs xxxx"

This tribute was added by Susan Finkleman on 27th June 2017

"Remembering your ready laugh and unfailing support today. Your courage and honesty will always be an inspiration to those of us lucky enough to know you."

This tribute was added by Suzanne Turley on 30th October 2016

"Things happen in mysterious ways. How did I ever find Tilly without any connections to either yourself or to Brian? How did we manage to all touch on that 'subject' that recently has become a huge part of mine and someone else's life?  Where will it all lead and more importantly who will find peace as a result?  So many questions with answers yet to be found. All I know is that you are with me on this journey and I think of your birthday memory as a blessing in my life.
Rest in peace dear Bernice for you are truly both much loved and greatly missed. xx"

This tribute was added by Susan Finkleman on 30th October 2016

"Thinking of you and feeling so grateful for the inspiration you have been and continue to be to all of us. May you shine on Brian and all of us now and in the future. Your memory will always be a blessing."

This tribute was added by Sharon Hames Hernandez on 30th October 2016

"Thinking of you on your birthday, sending love always, missing you...xx"

This tribute was added by Debra Moncrieff on 30th October 2016

"Wishing you a happy heavenly birthday, beautiful lady...

Always in our thoughts xxxx"

This tribute was added by Steve Collins on 31st August 2016

"im sorry to hear about Bernice swann passing god bless her from your brother steven collins"

This tribute was added by Catherine Courtney on 11th July 2016

"There must be a party at Rainbow Bridge with Bernice leading all the animals in the dancing. Do hope you stopped off there on your way to Heaven. I am sure you did!
Remembering you with Love xxxx"

This tribute was added by Marianne Upham on 2nd July 2016

"Bernice, You will not be forgotten. R.I.P."

This tribute was added by Leanna Parent on 30th June 2016

"Our prayers & condolences are with you."

This tribute was added by April Prather on 28th June 2016

"Prayers and condolences from my family to yours."

This tribute was added by Liza Rock on 28th June 2016


This tribute was added by Sue Marchant on 28th June 2016

"Bernice....This is the very first time in my long life (72 years) that I have felt such deep sorrow for one that I never met. Such sadness that you have left this world and my heart aches for your loving, dedicated and brave husband, Brian, and your fur babies who will surely miss you.  I always looked forward to your facebook posts about those furry little imps. Your love for them totally shined through. And you and Brian's loving attempts to socialize Tilly and what a blessing that you found Suzanne and her husband to take Tilly into their home as an 'only' cat which is what she needed to be. I know for sure you are watching over Brian and your precious fur babies. You didn't know it, but you touched so many lives.  I hope I will have the honor of meeting you when I make my journey. Love you, Bernice."

This tribute was added by Vanadu Van on 28th June 2016

"Bernice was an amazing lady who overcame so much in her life and was such an inspiration to me. I will miss her greatly."

This tribute was added by Amanda Rouse on 28th June 2016

"Such a sad day.... Thank you Bernie for your kindness, wisdom and a whole bunch of giggles as you shared your beautiful furbaby stories with us all. You are a complete inspiration to all of us, and we shall miss you terribly. Brian ... The love you have for Bernie has been truly heartwarming, and I can't even imagine how you feel right now.  Just know that we are all here for you in TV land.  Sleep well beautiful  Bernie"

This tribute was added by Julie Hamblin on 28th June 2016

"You will be missed by many Bernice and even  though we never had the pleasure of meeting you your stories of your fur babies antics made us laugh so much. One i remember not so long ago when Brian had something in his pocket and you were taking a video of one almost ripping his trousers off made us giggle so much. R.I.P a very beautiful soul. Julie Scott and our Fur Babies Palin Babooshka and Frankie xxxxxxxx"

This tribute was added by Paula Cooper on 28th June 2016

"I never had the chance to meet you but we shared a love of our furry friends on Facebook.  You were always there with a smile, a hug for anyone who needed it and your stories of your furbabies were legendary.  You are sorely missed by everyone who came into contact with you and will you will always be in our hearts.
Love always Paula and Charlie xxx"

This tribute was added by Mariette Pennestri on 28th June 2016

"Bernice...even though we never actually met, just by exchanging posts on FB, it's like I've known you for years. I will miss reading your posts and seeing your pictures each day. You are a beautiful soul and I am very lucky to have met you. Brian....we are all here for you and praying for you to have strength to get through each day. I know Bernice will be an angel on your shoulder, watching out for you always."

This tribute was added by Irene Willems on 28th June 2016

"Hugs & love."

This tribute was added by Nancy Asplund on 28th June 2016

"I didn't get to really get to know you, but you were both there to help me when you found out I was fighting the battle.  That will always be with me and I will keep my promise to fight this battle as hard as I can and to win the battle.  

I wish I could have gotten to know you so much better, but I do know you were very well loved by all and that your journey is now over and you are with all in heaven.  

God be with the family during this time.  Sending much love, hugs, and prayers your way."

This tribute was added by June Hansen on 28th June 2016

"Thank you so much for your friendship Bernice. You faced some very difficult situations in life, yet you didn't let it consume you. You gave your heart and spread your love to people, encouraged and supported those who needed it. Your kindness and your humor and your love will not be forgotten. I know that you are doing just fine now-no more physical limitations for you. And I'm sure you will be watching over Brian, because Lord knows he needs someone to keep him out of trouble! And we will help to watch over him and the fur babies too. Much love you Bernice <3"

This tribute was added by Suzanne Turley on 28th June 2016


Nature produces art in all sorts of form.
So it sure produced a masterpiece the day that you were born.
For you lit up so many lives during your time on earth.
Bringing joy to everyone from your day of birth.
During your life's journey, your soulmate appeared by your side.
And from then on, not far away, was a smile a 'mile' wide.
Now your life's journey has ended, it's hard not to shed a tear.
Yet, I don't feel you have left us. I feel you are quite near.
Locked in the hearts of those who loved you most;
And within the friends that held you dear.

Sadly gone, but will never be forgotten.
Suzanne, Bob, & Tilly. xx"

This tribute was added by Denise Raupach on 28th June 2016

"Love and caring from Denise and the VanCity crew."

This tribute was added by Susan Finkleman on 28th June 2016

"You were so courageous in the face of obstacles, so open in the face of love, so dedicated and tender with your four furry children, so ready for the next adventure, so loyal in your friendships....and now, so very missed. But your presence has not left, only changed its form, and we will continue to be blessed and inspired by it."

This tribute was added by Debra Moncrieff on 28th June 2016

"Dearest Bernice, I am heartbroken, truly wanted a miracle to happen, but God saw you were tired, he only takes the best...now you are at rest..

Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day..
Unseen, unheard but always near,
still loved. still missed and very dear...

I will never forget you, all my love precious and courageous lady...Debs xx"

This tribute was added by Helena Butzküven on 28th June 2016


This tribute was added by Sharon Hames Hernandez on 28th June 2016

"How does one honor their hero and mourn their loss at the same time?
Here it goes...I will remember Bernice as a survivor, warrior, fighter, risk-taker, a woman who sought out joy and adrenaline combined as she set about conquering her ambition's list.
A woman who loved with fierce devotion her husband and soulmate Brian, her family and friends.
A woman dedicated to her love for her fur family, the many in her life.
A woman who filled the world with her infectious laughter, while also sharing the sweetness she possessed.
I will always remember and cherish the kindness in her heart. Many times she would share a special picture of Ketchup and say " For you Sharon"
Though Bernice and I did not have the chance to meet in person, we shared a mutual love of cats and met through The Turkish Van Cat Club, a Facebook community page.
Over the years of knowing Bernice and learning more about her through her book that she wrote, " I Will Survive", she became my hero.
I felt her spirit walking at my side, giving me hope that I too must continue to fight for my life as she so gallantly fought for hers.
She has taken up a permanent residence in my heart, where I will continue to feel her presence and draw from her strength.
I could go on and on about Bernice...but I will just share one last thing that I have never confessed to her or Brian or anyone else.
When Bernice and Brian would share their videos with us of their home life, laughing and playing with their beloved cats and bearing witness to the joy and love contained in them....I privately wished of being adopted by them too.  Me, a 50+ yr old woman with such a nutty wish, that I never shared because of being embarrassed at its sheer craziness. But it is true.  I share it now, because it is a testament to how I feel about them as a family and how lucky I would feel to be a part of what they have and how they all interacted together.
I miss Bernice and will always love her dearly.
I offer my deepest sympathies to Brian, and all of Bernice's loved ones.
Bernice = my hero.
With Love,
Sharon and my furry companion Bob."

This tribute was added by Ruthie Socha on 28th June 2016

We will miss you, your infectious smile and your posts. Every time I see Ketchup, Jaydee, Hedi, and Merlin we will think of you fondly.
Love always,
Ruthie, Tigger, & Pooh Bear

This tribute was added by Tracy Falzone on 28th June 2016


This tribute was added by Laurie Sobolewski on 28th June 2016

"You will remain forever in my heart, I love & miss you so much, Bernice. You have enriched so many lives, made a real difference in this world for so many. Your very life is a testament to the amazing woman you were. My Love is with you <3"

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