Bernadette Mary Hooper
With family by her side, Bernadette Mary (McCluskey) Hooper of West Saint John, cherished wife of Ron Hooper, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Bobby’s Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Plaster Rock on June 13, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Gilbete (Bolier) McCluskey.
Saying good-bye to someone that you love is never easy but when one was as full of life and laughter as Bern, it is especially tough. She touched so many people with her wry humour, happy-go-lucky way, her welcoming home and her fabulous cooking (best homemade rolls ever!) and it has been said could literally made friends with anyone. Her family was number one but she somehow managed to fit in more hobbies than most people take on in two lifetimes. She was a member of Crazy Soles Line Dancing, Urban Legends Line Dancing, the Fundy Gardening Club, the best dog-walking club on the west-side and she practised tai-chi as well as put her hand to painting,
Before her number 1 guy Ron Hooper, her hobbies and her critters filled her days, her focus was completely on raising her two much-loved sons, Rod and Cory. After they grew up her focus moved to her next two favourite boys, Lucas and Logan. She gave them all the love and life that she possessed and found she had plenty left for Tammy, Shawna, Laura and Madison. Turns out that the more you give, the more you have to give. Bern seemed to know that naturally.
In addition to her husband of 29 years, Ron, Bern is also survived by her sons: Rodney Mahaney (Tammy) and Cory Mahaney; grandsons: Lucas Mahaney (Laura) and Logan Mahaney (Madison); sister, Juanita "Jay" Paradise (David); brother, Steven McCluskey (Sandra); daughter-in-law, Shawna Mahaney; along with cousins, nieces, nephews, other members of her extended family and many special friends. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her brothers: Joseph, Charles "Fred" and Winston.
Bern’s family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and volunteers of Bobby Hospice. The care, compassion and support shown towards Bern and her family will never be forgotten.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no formal visitation or funeral service. However, a casual gathering will be held to celebrate Bern’s life on Saturday, March 16, 2019 between the hours of 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Brenan’s Bay View Reception Centre, 1461 Manawagonish Road, West Saint John (634-7425).
For those who wish, remembrances made to Bobby’s Hospice would be appreciated by the family.