Bernard John Zeamer
Bernard John Zeamer passed away at the Golden & District General Hospital on Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 at the age of 91 years. A celebration of life service was held at the Golden Senior’s Center on Monday morning, November 10th with family and friends officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Bernard.
Bernard was born at St. Joseph, Missouri on May 19, 1917. At age four he moved with his family to southern Alberta and in 1937 they moved to the Golden area where they purchased a quarter section of land just south of Parson. Together, Bernard and his father cleared most of the land with just a team of horses and hard work. Bernard worked on the family farm until 1941 when he began working periodically for the CPR. In 1947 he took on steady work with the CPR and worked there until his retirement in 1977. In 1955 Bernard met Terry, a young Saskatchewan lady and they were married in April 1956. Bernard enjoyed fishing, camping, snowmobiling and his most recent discovery – quading. He was riding his quad right up until his admission to the hospital for the last time. Bernard loved all his animals and treated them all like royalty. Every cow, horse and chicken had a name – even the pet raven that he befriended and fed for years. Every stray animal was welcomed with open arms by Bernard. Bernard enjoyed the company of his many good friends and neighbours and loved coming to town to have lunch at the local restaurants. He was a simple, no frills person who was respected and well liked by all. Bernard was very much a family man who cherished his two girls, his grandchildren and great granddaughter.
Bernard was predeceased by his father, mother, brother Richard, sister Leona Larsen and his grandson Brendan Hartwig. He is survived by his wife Terry of Parson; daughters: Eileen (Jim) Hartwig and Linda (John) Kosic; grandchildren: Katie Lariviere, Kristen Hartwig, Alison Kosic and Kimberly Kosic; great grand daughter Sydney Lariviere as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden.