The passing of Bernard Allan Sisk of Chipman, husband of beloved wife of 46 years, Mary (Pierce) Sisk, occurred peacefully on April 27,2019. Born on July 29, 1949 at the Saint John General Hospital. He was the second son of Paul M.A. Sisk and Anita (Landry) Sisk.
He was predeceased by his father, Paul M.A. Sisk and both his father-law and mother-law Jack and Marjorie Pierce.
He is survived by his four children: Jason Sisk (Lesley) of St. John’s Nfld, Heather Amin (Katen) of Goa, India, Andrew Sisk of Montreal, and Phillip Sisk (Kaitlyn) of Pembroke, Ontario. Brothers, Don (Kathy), Paul-Edwin (Maria-Elena) and Arthur (Isabelle) as well as sisters, Pauline, Monica (Vincent), and Irene (Bill). Grandchildren Bridget, Kai, Elliott, Swarnabh, Sankalp, Emery, and Lincoln. Also survived by five brother-in-laws and eight sisters in law. He has fifteen nephews, and 13 nieces. There are also twelve grand nephews, and seven grand nieces.
There will be a celebration of Bernie’s life with the family at the Chipman Heritage Centre on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 12:00 – 4 PM. with eulogy and remembrances beginning at 12:30 followed by celebration of Bernard’s life , with remembrances from family and friends and some of his favourite music. The family will gather for internment of the remains at the Chipman columbarium, at a later time.
After completing his B.A. and B.Ed. Degrees at Saint Thomas University in 1974 he began teaching. Bernard taught for 36 years first at the old Chipman High, then at Chipman Forest Ave. School and served as Dept. Head of the English and Social studies Dept. for most of these years. He completed his M.Ed. degree at UNB in 1979 ,writing and publishing his thesis on incorporating Human Rights issues into the Social Studies curriculum of N.B. He was very active in the NBTA/NBTF most of his career serving on the Board of Directors for six years as well as on local and provincial committees of the teachers’ association. He coached soccer at the school for most of his career and continued to do so into retirement. He also coached public speaking for twenty-five years as advisor to the student oratorical club. In 1992 he received the 125th Anniversary Medal from Senator Noel Kinsella on behalf of the Federal Government for co-authoring education materials sponsored by the Canadian Studies Foundation entitled “Human Rights and the Law” and “Foundations of Freedom”. They were designed to teach students the significance of the repatriation of Canadian constitution and the entrenchment of the Canadian Rights and Freedom into the constitution. He was an active volunteer in the community serving as the founding president of the Chipman Youth Centre for two years and continue to serve on the board for a total of twenty years. He was recognized in 2008 by the Chipman Summer Festival as Citizen of the year. Also that same year he was awarded the Ernie and Susan McFadren Educational Award for his contribution to Education. In 2018 he was awarded by the Minster of Public Safety of N.B. a certificate of recognition for his volunteer work with youth on crime prevention activities.
Bernie was a big fan of Gordon Lightfoot and folk rock music. As he played his guitar and sang, he claimed it was his scream therapy which helped him cope with the sometimes stressful aspects of life. He was been a Habs fan since age ten when Bernie Geoffrion was scoring fifty goals. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren playing soccer or having water fights whenever they were able to visit in the summer.
Anyone wishing to make donations in his memory may do so to the Chipman Youth Centre, the Canadian Red Cross or a charity of their choice.
The Sisk family wish to express their many thanks to all those who supported Bernie and the immediate family through a challenging time with encouraging cards, gifts of food, wonderful visits from his former university friends, former colleagues, relatives, neighbours, and former students . Special appreciation goes to the palliative care team led by Dr. Jillian Goodyear and included the extra-mural nurses Jennie Gallant, Shellly Barton and Sherrie Farrell They were excellent. Thank you as well to Dr. Allison Engelhardt and the Chipman clinic personnel for being able to arrange so many medical tests so quickly and to Dr. Galvis, the oncologist, for her insights about the disease and her understanding our points of view.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium. (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca.