Bernard "Bernie" Kondel

Monday, December 19th, 1932 - Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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Bernard Arthur Kondel was born on December 19, 1932 in Melville to Anton and Annie (Sinkiewicz) Kondel. He was the fourth oldest of seven. He received his education at St. Henry’s School until he started his first job at Swifts Creamery, from there he was employed with the City of Melville until he found his life long career working for the CN. After 33 years of service he retired in 1986. During layoffs and on the side he was a well-known house painter with a steady hand.
Bernard married the love of his life Florence Balaberda on October 19, 1953. They were blessed with five children, which in turn blessed them with fourteen grandchildren and soon to be the seventeenth great grandchild.
Bernie had an incredible love and dedication to being at the hockey rink cheering on the Millionaires. He was the Goal Judge for 50 years. At every game the fans could be heard yelling “Bernie turn the light on”. Many of his good years were spent camping. Bernie and Florence’s second home for fourteen years was at Meyers Beach campsite where they entertained many family and friends. He was an avid fisherman, loved biking and enjoyed nature. Travelling by train to BC and Toronto was always a must to visit family. He took great pride in having the shiniest car, as he was forever seen in the driveway with a chamois in his hand. He loved playing pool, shuffleboard, cards and cribbage, he always said “the hand is quicker than the eye” and yes, he was good at cheating, but we couldn’t catch him.
Without a doubt he had the most unconditional love for his beloved pets over the years.
He treasured all his visits from his family and grandchildren and was so proud of every one of them.
Bernard became a resident at St. Paul Lutheran Home in April 2019. In that short period of time he bonded with the staff, who were compassionate caregivers but most of all became his friends. He was a jokester, loved to tease them and they did the same in return. He has always been known as the Candy Man, so before leaving the room he insisted you grab a candy.
It is with great sadness that Bernard passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at St. Peter’s Hospital. We will miss him dearly.
Bernard was predeceased by his daughter Charmaine; parents Anton and Annie Kondel, stepfather Bill Werbicki; brothers Joe, Phillip, Daniel; sisters Marion Pilot and Evelyn Ziola.
Bernard leaves to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life, his wife Florence; his children; Cheryl (Dwayne) Waldbauer, children Jonathan (Stacey) children Kylee and Nathan, Justin (Briana) children Hailee, Liberty and Kelsey; Pat (Garnet) Unterschute, children Amanda (Ian) Devers, children Warner and Annaliese, Sean (Kathy) Unterschute, children Lindsay and Jakob, Rebekah Untershute (Kris) child Katie; Wayne (Leona) Kondel children Brennan and Dane (Teagan); Charmaine's children, Jeanine (Rob) Bauer children Talli and Amaira; sons Kylle and Lowen Rokosh; Darlene (Greg) children Brandon Novakowski, Blaise (Lisa) Children Gavin, Hope and Merrick Novakowski; Brittany Novakowski (Logan) Child Dream, Taneeka (Jason) Higgins and baby Higgins; his sister Diane Kondel; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    St. Henry's Roman Catholic Church
    729 Main St.
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    Fr. Andrew Sowa, OMI
  • Interment

    St. Henry's Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery
    Highway #47 South, 2kms East on Cemetery Road
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Mel & Sherri Stelmak

Posted at 11:55pm
So sorry to hear of Bernies passing .We have been away and just found out.Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family He was a very nice man .May God Bless Florence and all the family at this sad time . Mel & Sherri Stelmak and Family

Margaret Villanueva

Posted at 05:19am
Florence and family, wishing you feelings of comfort, moments of peace, and memories of joy during this difficult time. Warmest condolences. 🙏🙏
Margaret and José Villanueva

Karin Broda

Posted at 04:23pm
Florence and family, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Many fond memories as goal judge for many years! Rest In Peace Bernie. ✝️

Diana Hornung

Posted at 10:03pm
Sending our deepest sympathy to each of you. May peace and comfort surround you as you journey as a family in the days ahead. Hugs and prayers...
Darren and Diana Hornung

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