It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bernie Touesnard of Riverview who passed away at The Moncton Hospital on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Born in Annapolis Royal, NS, he was the son of the late Ernest and Eleanor (Profit) Touesnard. Bernie spent his entire working career with the federal government in the department of agriculture. He was a man that loved to give his time and energy to the countless organization, charities and people in need. Most notably, he approached each day with an incredible strength and positive attitude.
Lion Bernie was a devoted member of the Riverview Lions Club and would have celebrated 40 years of dedication in service with Lions Clubs International. In appreciation for his service, Lion Bernie was awarded a Life Membership with Lions International, a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, a Lions Foundation of Canada Fellowship Award and various Presidents Appreciation Awards. He was a very active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus where he served in many leadership positions in both the 3rd degree and 4th degree. He was a Past Grand Knight of Council 9270 at Immaculate Heart of Mary and Past Faithful Navigator of the Msgr Roy M. MacDonald Assembly of the 4th degree in Moncton. Bernie also served as the President of the local MS Society Chapter and in several capacities for many local organizations including the Riverview Boys and Girls Club, Wheels On Wheels, Riverview Disability Committee, Riverview Arts Society, Riverview Crime Prevention Committee and youth sports. In 2015, he was awarded the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award. Bernie, along with his wife Merna, were avid fans and supporters of the Moncton Wildcats organization. They took in billets and he proudly worked the clock at all their home games for several years.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Merna, son, Todd (Nikki) of San Francisco, grandchildren; Beatrice (Bea) and Weston as well as his many friends and his community of Riverview. Due to the current Covid -19 crisis, visitation and a funeral mass celebrating his life and accomplishments will be held at a later date. The arrangements are entrusted to Cobb’s Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Rd. Riverview (869-2007). Donations to the local MS Society, Riverview Boy's and Girls Club or the Moncton SPCA would be appreciated by his family. Online condolences and a complete obituary can be viewed at www.cobbsfuneralhome.ca.