Alfio “Bonanza” Bernardo

Alfio "Bonanza" Bernardo

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Alfio was born on January 20, 1922 in Natal, BC; the first child born in Canada to immigrants Emilio and Ida Bernardo.

In 1948 Alfio married the love of his life, Anne Chala, and together they enjoyed 65 years of marriage; travelling and enjoying their family.

Alfio was a very dedicated, hardworking husband and father, working for the Crowsnest Coal Industry, Kaiser Coal and Westar Mining for 43 years. In his younger years, Alfio enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially woodworking. Many relatives have lawn ornaments and numerous gifts created by his skilled hands. Alfio was also an excellent handyman who still thoroughly enjoyed keeping active tending to his garden and beautiful flowers. He will be deeply missed by his loving family.

Alfio is survived by his loving wife Anne, 2 daughters, Maureen (Robert) Martin, Chilliwack, Debbie Gardner, Kelowna, 2 grandchildren, Kristy Rogge, Maple Ridge; Kent (Jana) Martin, Kelowna and 4 great grandchildren, Connor, Linden, Nathan and Sarah. Also left to mourn his passing is his sisters and brothers-in-law, from Sparwood, Clara and Nay Marchi, Emma Chala, Sue McRae (Kamloops) and Les Smith (Surrey) as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Albert and Elio, his sister Lydia, and his nephew Brian Bernardo as well as numerous extended family members.

The Celebration of Life was held on Monday, March 31st with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers tributes may be made to the Lilac Terrace, PO Box 1587 Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0. Messages of condolence may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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