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GRIBBEN, Arthur John Victor (Bernie)

November 13, 1945 – May 20, 2012

Bernie passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Southwood Hospice at the age of 66 years.

Bernie was born in Cornwall, England on November 13, 1945. He immigrated to Calgary in 1975. He was a long time member of the Lions Club international. He started his Lionistic life at Beiseker, Alberta in 1982, transferred to the Calgary Southridge Lions Club in 1989 where he served for 20 years before joining the Lions Club of Calgary in 2009. He oversaw the development of the Lions Village, a 90 unit affordable rental housing for seniors and persons with disabilities. On May 14, 2012, Bernie participated in a site visitation and tree planting with Lions Clubs International President Dr. Tam.

Bernie’s tenure as District Governor, 1999-2000, only strengthened his desire to be of service to his fellow man. Bernie passionately embraced the goal of Lionism, “to become Knights of the Blind”. Singlehandedly overseeing the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC), he was the guiding light in restoring eyesight to over three million people throughout the world.

Bernie promoted the CNIB’s activities and fragrance garden, Instrumental in the development of the Lions Pride in Community award, A Lions Historian of great proportion, Edited Lions District 37-O Newsletter. He was inducted into the Lions Hall of Fame, a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, Bill Webber Fellow, Jack and Denise Isaman CNIB Fellow. He was the recipient of several International Presidents Appreciation Awards for outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism. Bernie encouraged everyone to live every day as it was their last, leave nothing undone today, he was the living example.

Left to mourn are his wife Esther, daughter Sam (Rick) Martine, sons Ken and Phillip and four granddaughters Jaala, Autumn, Brooke, and Baylie; sister Rosemary (Colin) Jose and brothers Bill (Joyce) and Allen (Linda). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews in Canada and the United Kingdom. He also leaves many close friends. Bernie’s service work was admired by many all over the world.

A Celebration of Bernie’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Lions Housing Society, c/o Lions Village, Box 895, Calgary, AB T2P 2J6. (

In living memory of Bernie Gribben a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Hazel Perrier :

    My deepest sympathy in your loss of Bernie. He certainly fought a courageous battle. He was a very dedicated Lion and husband and will truly be missed by all who knew him.

    Love Always,
    Your Cousin
    Hazel Perrier

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  2. Claudia Stanton :

    Our deepest sympathy to Esther & the children, as well as Bernie’s siblings & their families. Words cannot express how very sorry we are to hear of your loss. He was a truly wonderful person & a great fighter. May he now be at peace. We are all better for having known him.
    From the Stateside Gribben clan

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  3. Calvin Moncrieff :

    Thinking of you Auntie Esther. So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing.
    Love, Cal and Patti Moncrieff

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  4. Sandy Housken :

    My heart and prayers are with you. Gather your friends around you now and remember the good times, the special places and celebrations that made your life together so great. Memories will help.
    Sandy Housken

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  5. Lou Zaganelli :

    On behalf of the children, teens, staff and volunteers at Hull Child and Family Services, we send our prayers and love.
    Bernie was our friend.
    He was generous with his time; he was genuine in his concern for our kids and for many others with special needs. He led by example and many followed.
    We will miss Bernie.
    This is a sad day; but it also is a day to be inspired by a kind, good-spirited and wonderful man.
    Thank you Bernie.

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  6. Glen & Jeanette Leyden :

    Dear Esther and family,
    Our Deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your beloved Bernie. Through his devotion and giving of himself throughout Lions He will be greatly missed by many. We know you have many memorable moments to cherish as do the rest of his friends. Peace be with you and yours at this time

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  7. Mary Digweed :

    Dear Esther,
    May it comfort you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
    May he rest in PEACE.
    Mary Digweed,

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  8. Dear Esther,
    Our heartfelt condolances on the loss of your husband Bernie. He was a lion to look up to and we did.

    Gord High President
    Calgary Fort Calgary

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  9. Elaine High :

    Dear Esther,
    My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your husband.

    Elaine High

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  10. Russ Croft, DG 2001-2002 :

    I am saddened to hear about Bernie, unfortunately, too late to be able to make arrangements to get to Calgary.

    Bernie had one other trait – making sure that those who followed in his footsteps would be properly trained to do the job. In this task he was superb! We Lions will greatly miss his insight and knowledge.

    May he rest in Peace;
    Our thoughts are with you.

    PDG Russ and members of the
    Rocky Mountain House Lion Club

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