625 North Road
Coquitlam, BC V3J 1P2
Phone: (604) 936-9987
Fax: (604) 936-6912
Email: info@burquitlamfuneralhome.ca
815 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C5
Phone: 604-936-9987
Fax: 604-468-2575


Bernard McCormack

Bernard "Bernie" Victor McCormack

Thursday, August 29th, 1935 Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

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Obituary for Bernard "Bernie" Victor McCormack

Born August 29th 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bernie passed away suddenly on June 2, 2019, his family by his side. He is predeceased by son Jon McCormack. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sheila, his children Wendy (John), Garth (Denise), and Karen (Laverne), his 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and his brother Ken.

He graduated from Burnaby South High school and trained as a pilot with the Air Force in Claresholm, Alberta. He was hired on by Air Canada (then TCA) and while still in the Reserve Air Force, survived a T33 Trainer mid-air collision. He was one of two survivors.

Bernie and family moved to Jamaica in 1969 on an exchange with Air Jamaica. Later, all moved back to Canada. Winnipeg for a few years with one final move to our family home in Coquitlam.

He retired in August 1995 after a long, exciting and beloved career with Air Canada. He was a member of the AC Pilot’s Association and a lifelong aviation and history buff. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Memorial Service will take place at 2:00 pm on June 17, 2019 at Burquitlam Funeral Home, located at 625 North road, in Coquitlam.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation.

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    Monday, June 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Burquitlam Funeral Home
    625 North Road
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    Monday, June 17th, 2019
    Rev. Jennifer Swanson

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Edward (Ted) Strachan

Dear Sheila, Garth, Wendy. Karen and all the beautiful people who were part of the McCormack Clan:
It was a pleasure to re-meet you and be introduced to the vast family that originated with Sheila and Bernie.
I shall forever remember the memorable and mostly, humorous times. that we shared together.
I project my sympathy for the loss of Bernie, but I can never forget the moments of life and love we all possessed together.
Rest in Peace Dear Brother of the Air!
Ted Strachan
Comment | Posted at 05:29pm via Condolence


I am the reporter who wrote about the 1957 crash in Squamish. Our entire team is saddened to hear of his death. He was a wonderful interview and clearly a man with a lot to offer. Grateful to have spoken to him. Our heartful condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts are with you.
Jennifer Thuncher/ Editor The Squamish Chief
Comment | Posted at 04:25pm via Condolence

Karen Sandwith

Thank you for your condolences. You article has been shared many times over, with many positive comments. Thank you very much for your support. Sincere regards.
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In beloved memory of Bernard Victor McCormack.
Bernie, You will live on in our hearts. In honour of your love for trees.
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Rita Fairbank

May care and the love of those around you, provide comfort and peace to get your through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences. Rita Fairbank.
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Lou Garland

There are few things in life more valuable than a great neighbour and friend and Bernie was both of these for us. Living next door for the better part of 18 years has been an ongoing relationship that only got better and better. We loved our lane way chats and the many stories related with ever escalating excitement. So many ways he touched our lives. Loved and lost too soon, but indelibly burned into our memory. Too his loving family and friends, our deepest sympathies. Ella and Lou
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Wendy Livingstone

Thank you, Lou & Ella! I am happy to get to know you both! (I'm sorry it isn't under different circumstances!) Blessings, Wendy. xoxo
Posted at 01:53pm

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