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January 4, 1945 – Batley, Yorkshire, England
April 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

On April 4, 2018 at the age of 73 years Bernard lost his long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cathy; his daughter Janet and son-in-law David; his grandchildren James, Reid and Caern; his brother Alan; his ‘cabin’ family and numerous friends.

Bernard loved the mountains and enjoyed hiking, skiing, climbing, and exploring. He was a world traveller, creative genius and builder extraordinaire. He immigrated to Canada in 1967 and found his way around the Rockies on foot and on skis. He returned to the UK for a brief time in 1969 but returned one year later with Cathy at his side to continue exploring and build a life in the Calgary area. Bernard was fascinated by world cultures and took many opportunities to travel. His creativity and ingenuity led to unconventional problem solving in just about every aspect of his life. He will be missed.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Bernard Summerscales, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB, T2A 3V9, Telephone: 403- 248-8585.

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  1. Cathy, Janet, Dave and family, we are so sorry for your loss and hope you are finding peace in your time together this week. Our thoughts are with you and we are sending love your way. The Caseys

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  2. Shari Johnson

    Janet and Family,
    I am saddened to hear of the passing of you father, Janet. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sending you a big warm hug of love to help you get through this sad time. I’ll check in on you in the coming weeks. Much love,

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  3. Cathy and Family:
    I first met Bernie many years ago, he was one of the key people in the planning and building of Ribbon Creek Hostel in the Kananaskis. Which has since proven to be a mountain haven for thousands of young people who wanted to explore the mountains. His commitment to family and friends, his profession, his community of mountain lovers, and to enjoying the mountains was complete and passionate. I later saw him at many ski trips in the Rockies where his knowledge, enthusiasm, love of music and song, and good nature were much appreciated. And…he taught me how to sharpen skis. He, indeed, will be deeply missed.
    “those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end,
    we sang and danced forever and a day…” (from Brian P’s tribute to Bernie)

    Lorne (and Dale)

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  4. Amanda and Derek Standen

    May the memories you hold in your head and the love your have in your heart get you through this very difficult time. We will remember Bernard as a wonderful friend, a man who could share such incredible stories and experiences. He will be missed by so many.

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  5. Kathleen Winfield

    Very sorry for your loss – Bernard fought a valiant battle against this disease. His strength and perseverance can be an inspiration for us all.

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  6. Sue Winsor and Doug Weston


    We were very sorry to hear of Bernard’s passing. Both you and Bernard confronted his illness with determination. Thinking of you.

    Sue and Doug

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  7. We are so very sorry to hear of your devastating loss, Cathy. Sincere sympathies to you and your family.

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