Bernice Walsh (Doran)

Passed 02/17/2020

Obituary for Bernice Walsh (Doran)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Bernice Walsh. She passed away peacefully on February 17 at the QEII hospital in Halifax in the arms of her loving family. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Gerard Michael Walsh and her 7 children, Sharon (Bruce), Debora, Moya, Gerard (Joanne), Margot, Helen and Mark, siblings, Bill (Dana), Helen, Jeannie (Mario) and Barbara; she is pre-deceased by Basil, Lorraine and Rosemary. She was Nannabun to her 16 grandchildren, Rebecca, Victoria, Samuel, Maggie, Benjamin, Seamus, Noah, Gerard, John, Edward, Molly, Emma, Eric, Christopher, Katie and Jack.

Born in St. John’s, NL, Bernice was the eldest daughter of the late William (Bill) Doran and Gertrude (Power). Though family was the most important thing to Bernice, she also enjoyed great success outside of the home. While raising seven children, she was a broadcaster and had a weekly consumer affairs programme on CBC Radio in St. John’s for many years. She enjoyed afternoons spinning records on VOWR. Always an advocate, she was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Provincial Consumer Affairs in NL, was involved with the Jaycettes, the Canadian Housing Design Council, the Consumers’ Association of Canada, and the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Assoc. of NL. She had an eye for design and architecture and later in life Bernice became an accomplished real estate agent with Pat King Real Estate winning awards for her achievements.

Our family is very appreciative of the extraordinary and compassionate care Bernice received from all the nurses on ward 8.2 of the QEII, Dr. Stephen Workman and Dr. John Gale. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the QEII Foundation Halifax Or call 1 888 428 0220 or by mail to the QEII Foundation, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Park Lane Mall, Box 231, NS, B3J 3R4

In accordance with Bernice’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Having expressed my own personal grief, here I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Gerard and all members of the extended Walsh family. There are no words adequate to this sad occasion but I feel sure that Bernice left a rich legacy of fond memories which will help in the darkest moments. Please accept my most profound sympathy. You are all in my thoughts.
- Stuart Brown
Someone has ceased to come along with me, someone so exuberant, someone who loved her family more than anything else in her amazingly accomplished life, someone who honoured me with her friendship for nearly thirty years someone who always somehow sensed when I was having some sort of crisis, someone who always stayed in touch, someone who had the biggest heart and most wonderful personality, someone who I will deeply miss for the rest of my days. Bernice, my someone, the tears roll out of my eyes like boulders. Your ever loving friend, Stuart.
- Stuart Brown
Warm thoughts, fine memories, and gentle condolences to all the family. Bernice enjoyed a full and interesting life, well lived. Rest in peace, Mrs Walsh.
- Glen Neary
My sincerest sympathy to Gerard and all the family.
- Anita Lane
Mr. Walsh ,Sharon, Debora, Moya, Gerard, Margot, Helen and Mark. My sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved wife and mom. I have wonderful memories of many happy times in the big house on Burke. Mrs. Walsh/your mom was always so welcoming to many children who grew up on the circle. The sleep overs in the big bedroom were great fun as were games/ TV in the family room. May Mrs. Walsh /your mom rest in peace. I hope your happy memories help to ease your sorrow at this time.
- Moira Hennessey
We are sending our sincere sympathy to the entire Walsh family as well as the Doran family. Bernice was a beautiful woman. Rest in peace cousin.
- Pat MacKenzie
Debora, Sam and Maggie, so sorry to hear about your mom/nana. We enjoyed meeting her in Florida over lunch! Thinking of you.
- Kathy Penney
To Sharon and the entire Walsh Family, So saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. She was truly a remarkable woman. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. The loss of a mother is very profound but I hope a lifetime of happy memories and unconditional love will bring warmth to your hearts. Much Love, Mara (Stanley) and Paul Noftall and family
- Maral Noftall
Dear Gerry and family, I am so sorry to see the announcement of your beautiful Bernice's passing. My heart and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
- Cheryl Dyack
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time; so sorry to hear of your wonderful mom's passing.
- Kay Singleton

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