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SISK, Bernard A. “Bernie” – Chipman, NB

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.

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Jody Fraser
Jody Fraser

So sorry for your loss.

Cindy & Barry
Cindy & Barry

Our sincere condolences to you and your family Mary. Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Barb Kennedy
Barb Kennedy

So sorry to hear this. I worked with Bernie for many years. He was a very caring man and a great colleague! My condolences to Mary and all of his children.

Carla Bonnell
Carla Bonnell

This is a very sad day, and I’m sending my sincere condolences to family and friends. Bernie greatly impacted my life in many ways. He was my boss , my history teacher, and I loved watching him play music on the telethons. My heart is broken with all of you.

Sandra Phillips
Sandra Phillips

So sorry to hear of Mr. Sisks passing. He was one of my favorite teachers. Condolences to the family.

Lynn
Lynn

So sorry for your loss , I was very fortunate to have had an opportunity to work with Bernie ,he was an amazing man god bless

Cynthia
Cynthia

So sorry to hear about Bernie, my thoughts and prayers are with you Mary and your family. We will miss his visits to the library and finding all the books he loved to read. He will be missed by so many.

Allison/ Nancy Morton
Allison/ Nancy Morton

So sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed by many.

Georgina Wallace
Georgina Wallace

What can one say!! A fine man and colleague has gone on to his reward. Bernie was a model of the work ethic and the value of human rights. Fred and I highly respected him for his beliefs and the person he was. He faced both life and death with strong spiritual fortitude. Our sincerest condolences go to all of his family and especially Mary, Heather, Jason, Andrew, Philip, and the grandchildren. ~Fred and Gina

Norma Perry
Norma Perry

Our sincere condolences to all of the family. Bernie was a terrific teacher and a wonderful person and he will be missed by many. Anyone that knew Bernie was a better person because of him.

Anna (Speakman) James
Anna (Speakman) James

What a shock & great loss to our village! Bernie was such a wonderful man, teacher, mentor, coach, and volunteer. Thoughts and prayers to Mary and the family. Like many others, I was blessed to have Bernie as a teacher and recently worked on the board for the Youth Center with him. My favorite memory of him though was from high school. It was our graduation year and I was one of his managers of the Senior Boys soccer team. His team were playing an amazing game and won Provincials! I looked over at Mr Sisk and there he was,… Read more »

Terry Hunziker
Terry Hunziker

Great teacher and even better guy. Lots of great memories from CHS 🙁

Mallory Stewart
Mallory Stewart

So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. My condolences to the family.

Linda Northrup
Linda Northrup

So sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed.
Linda and Bob

Andrea Phillips
Andrea Phillips

So sorry for your loss. He was a fabulous teacher! Lots of great memories from CHS! My condolences to the family and all who knew him.

Susan Barton
Susan Barton

A good man gone too soon… As a colleague, I had nothing but respect for Bernie, and enjoyed teasing him on occasion. As a person, he was a dedicated husband, father and friend, composer and musician. He was always ready to stand up for what was right, and to encourage kids to do their best. They don’t make them any better than Bernie. He touched more hearts and lives than most – all in a positive way. I just feel so sad, thinking that he is gone. My heart goes out to you, Mary, and your wonderful family – Jason,… Read more »

Bert and Carol Kuehner
Bert and Carol Kuehner

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the family. Bernie was a fine teacher, one who genuinely cared for his students. We appreciated his efforts with our children and grandchildren.

Bert and Carol Kuehner

David Ivany
David Ivany

So sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love and hugs to all from us here at The Hollywood STAR ROOM.

Daryl Haddon
Daryl Haddon

Condolences to the family.

Shawn Smith
Shawn Smith

My condolences to the family. Mr Sisk was a dedicated teacher and committed to community work. A great loss to his family and to Chipman.

Stephanie Austin & family
Stephanie Austin & family

So very sorry for your loss. Like a lot of others, history class is where I remember him most and our senior year watching him and the boys bring home the banner. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time xo

Christie King
Christie King

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Sisk was a wonderful man and a great teacher. I’ll never forget our oratorical competition trips. He will be missed by many.

Dave Macdonald
Dave Macdonald

My heart felt symphony to the Sisk family. I spent many days meeting Bernie at the soccer fields. He was a treasure in the Chipman community and will be missed dearly. Your friend and referee Dave Macdonald.

Robert Morabito
Robert Morabito

Please accept my sincere condolences for the Sisk family. Mr. Sisk was one of the best as a Teacher and as a Coach.

Heidi (Drost) Sullivan
Heidi (Drost) Sullivan

I grew up spending my younger years playing with the Sisk kids running in and out of their house. I will always remember Mr Sisk’s kindness to everyone around him. May he Rest In Peace and our condolences to Mary and family.

Terry and Linda Ward
Terry and Linda Ward

Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you Mary and your family. He willl be surely missed by all that knew Bernie.

Rod & Sandra Austin
Rod & Sandra Austin

So very sorry for your loss. Bernie was a very special kind man. The best teacher ever! Hugs xo

Winnie Nichol-Plante
Winnie Nichol-Plante

So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers.

Miriam Laskey
Miriam Laskey

One of the best teachers of all time. He will be missed.

Tammy (Brown) Butland
Tammy (Brown) Butland

Thoughts and Prayers to Mary and family. Bernie was a great teacher and a wonderful person. He cared about his family, friends, students and community. He will be greatly missed.

Paul & Linda Sisk
Paul & Linda Sisk

Mary, so sorry to hear of your loss. Linda and I have you and your family in our prayers. God bless.

Katie Christensen
Katie Christensen

I’m so sorry for you loss. My condolences to The family.

Natasha Darrah-Poirier
Natasha Darrah-Poirier

My sincere condolences, Bernie was an amazing man and an incredible teacher. Mary my thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very difficult time.

Vicki & Paul Pollock
Vicki & Paul Pollock

Sorry to hear of Bernie’ passing. He will always be fondly remembered by all.

Tara Thompson and Family
Tara Thompson and Family

Sorry to hear of Mr. Sisk passing. The fondest memory I have is being in grade 10 history class and Mr. Sisk did an awesome British accent. He made us want to learn and have fun.

From

Tara

Lennie and Marilyn Boyd
Lennie and Marilyn Boyd

So sorry for your loss Mary and family…He was a great man in our little community….We all had so much respect for the man he was…He will be greatly missed…..Keeping you and your family in our prayers…..

Wanda Wilson
Wanda Wilson

So very sad to hear.

Kevin Sisk and Ramona Wildman
Kevin Sisk and Ramona Wildman

A long time since I saw Bernie but I clearly remember him to be a kind person. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Lynn and Brian Sleath
Lynn and Brian Sleath

Mary and family ,
Our condolences on your terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Katherine Deiter
Katherine Deiter

My sincere sympathy to and your family Mary. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

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Melanie McNamara (Bishop)
Melanie McNamara (Bishop)

So sorry for your loss.

Sarah Clark (nee Kuehner)
Sarah Clark (nee Kuehner)

It is with much fondness that I remember Mr. Sisk and with much sadness I send my heartfelt condolences to you, Mrs, Sisk, and to Jason, Heather, Andrew and Phillip. I’m very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a favorite teacher of mine, and a large part of my high school learning. I can picture him well, standing at the front of the room talking to us about history and especially current world issues. I credit him for my interest in the same today. Mr. Sisk was a very articulate and knowledgeable man, and was respectful, patient and gentle… Read more »

Crystal Wilson (Leavitt)
Crystal Wilson (Leavitt)

So sorry to hear about Bernie’s passing may he rest in peace. God gained another wonderful person. Many condolenses to Mary and family.

Haley Tozer (Barton)
Haley Tozer (Barton)

Sending my sincere condolences to your family at this time. We all have those teachers who stand out when we think back to being a student. Mr. Sisk was one of them. It was always a treat when he brought his guitar in to play for us or burst into a British accent when reading. I fully credit him with teaching me one of the most important skills I ever learned: public speaking. We would spend noon hours pulling impromptu topics out of a bowl to prepare me for oratory competitions. I’ll never forget the look on his face at… Read more »

Margaret Hay
Margaret Hay

So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing, wounderful person, always helping others. My thoughts an prayers are with all the family.

Ardith Shirley
Ardith Shirley

I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr Sisk was my teacher and a much respected colleague who taught me many lessons over the years. While I am sure much of what I know about history and human rights comes from my time spent in his classroom, I am sure the most important lessons he taught me were observed in the kind of person he choose to be in our community …he made every space and person he touched a little better with his quiet, positive presence. A true gentleman – a model of kindness, respect and ethical living… Read more »

Tanya Quigley
Tanya Quigley

So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. He was an amazing teacher and colleague. My sincere condolences to his family.

Mark Lafferty
Mark Lafferty

An excellent teacher and even better human being. My condolences to the family.

Anna Pierce
Anna Pierce

Mary & Jason (Lesley), Heather (Katen), Andrew, Phillip (Kaitlyn) & Grandchildren:

Thinking of you “all” at this time and wishing you you “all” the very best!

Anna & Ken

Norrman Delano
Norrman Delano

Remembering, a fellow teacher and STU classmate. Way back when, we did our Practice Teaching together. From my family to your family our condolences and know our thoughts are with you at this time.

Elisabeth Frost
Elisabeth Frost

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Sisk’s passing this morning, but have spent the past few hours returning to memories from high-school days that would otherwise remain buried beneath the mundane, yet pressing, ebb and flow of day-to-day activities. Mr. Sisk was my high school Engligh/Social Studies teacher and always had a quiet smile, despite the many trials and tribulations involved with shepherding the minds and hearts of newly-minted high school students. I remember him (frequently) bracing himself in front of his classroom door to repel the tide of anxious-to-depart 13-and-14-years olds. He never seemed to raise his voice,… Read more »

Talitha
Talitha

I have fond memories of being in Mr. Sisk’s history class. He was always kind, compassionate and understanding. He always tried to see things from other people’s point of view. To the family: I am very sorry for your loss!

Nicole and Bob Steele
Nicole and Bob Steele

Mary and family,
Please accept our most sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Nicole and Bob Steele

Raymond Pierce
Raymond Pierce

Dear Mary, Anita, Jason, Heather, Andrew and Phillip.

I am deeply saddened by Bernie’s passing, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sorry I am not able to be there on Wednesday for Bernie’s Celebration of life and see my family again and Bernie and Mary’s many friends.

Love Raymond
Toronto Ontario

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Veronica Breen
Veronica Breen

Our condolences to Jason and Lesley and the Sisk family. Although we met Bernie only once, he made a lasting impression. Love to everyone. RIP Bernie.
Veronica and Bill Breen

Maurice and Gisèle LeBlanc
Maurice and Gisèle LeBlanc

Mary, sorry for your loss.

Anne Marie and Tom O'Connor
Anne Marie and Tom O'Connor

To Mary and family & Aunt Anita and Family, very sorry to hear about Bernie today. He was a wonderful person. We have wonderful memories of Bernie singing and playing his guitar in Pokeshaw, NB on the beach under the stars. His laughter was contagious and his smile was genuine. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. God Bless.
Love Anne Marie, Tom, Michael, John, Andrew, Paige and Aunt Alice. Toronto Ontario.

Kevin
Kevin

Sorry for your loss. Mr. Sisk was one of the best teacher I had. Rip gone but never forgotten.

Rosalie Smith
Rosalie Smith

Sending my most sincere condolences to Phil and your family. Your Dad was a good man.

Mary Lou McNulty
Mary Lou McNulty

Mary and Family ….So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing.
Unfortunately we will not be able to be with you tomorrow. Our thoughts are with you all.
Love, cousin Mary Lou and Keith

Terrence and Terry Dickinson
Terrence and Terry Dickinson

Sorry for your loss. Condolences to Mary and family.

Angel Hutchison
Angel Hutchison

My condolences to friends and family.

Diane & Mike Wiley
Diane & Mike Wiley

He was such a beautiful person. Condolences to Mary and family