November 23, 1933 – March 31, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Sgt Bernard MacInnis, Ret’d, on March 31, 2020. Born in Sydney Mines, NS on November 23, 1933, he was the son of late Daniel and Christine (MacIntosh) MacInnis. Bernie worked in the coal mines of Cape Breton before joining the RCAF.
It was during his first posting in CFS Beaverbank, NS that he met and married the love of his life, Private Ginny (Virginia) Alaric. For the next 35 years, Bernie, Ginny and their growing family travelled back and forth across Canada and into the USA, wherever his posting took them.
After his retirement in 1989, Bernie and Ginny settled in the Comox Valley. Bernie spent his days gardening, walking the beach, watching sports on tv, spending time with family and although he loved the Island, the lively sound of a Cape Breton fiddle or the haunting notes of the bag pipes always brought him home.
Bernie was an avid sportsman. We all benefited from his hunting and fishing. Over the years he played hockey, lacrosse, baseball and curling.
As a baseball coach, he led his team to numerous championships. Bernie was a diehard Toronto Maple Leaf fan. He liked nothing better than a cold beer, Mom’s homemade pizza, and a Leaf’s game. Bernie also loved a good game of cribbage or burn. None of us will ever forget the laughter and good-natured ribbing that took place around the kitchen table or the stories he regaled us with.
With the exception of his family, Bernie was most proud of his military service as an Air Defense Technician. He remained a member of the local Legion for his entire retirement. It was a memorable day when his son, Bernie Jr., decided to follow in his footsteps.
Bernie leaves behind his six children: Cynthia (Eddie), Jo-Ann (Lawrence), Bernie (Heather), Belinda (Kevin), Margy (Lou), Kathy (Tom), 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Greg (late Viva) and his sister Marg (Tom).
Bernie was predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years, Ginny; brothers Larry and Jackie; sisters Nan, Rita, Christina, Jeromina and Theresa, and daughter-in-law, Vanessa.
Special thanks to Dr. Winter for the care, respect, and kindness shown to Bernie and the rest of the family during this difficult time.Obituary-
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