Bernard "Bernie" Rodych September 5, 1930 – January 11, 2017 It is with great shock and sorrow that the family of Bernie Rodych announces his passing. He is survived by: the love of his life, Mary, of 61 years; his children: David (Debbie) of Calgary, Victor (Rachel) of Lethbridge, Patti (Terry) of Saskatoon, Cindy (Michael) of Winnipeg and Karen (Ben) of San Diego; 16 grandchildren: Danielle (Allan), Erin, Andrew (Jordan) and Lauren (Jordan); Rachel (Scott), Jan, Stephanie and Abby; Kelli (Dylan) and Colin; Matthew, Jessica, Nigel and Rhea; and Madison (Sumit) and Kennedy; 5 great-grandchildren: Savanna, Hugo, Rosalie, Opale and Huxley; and many nieces and nephews. Bernie loved being around others, exchanging smiles, laughs, and book-length anecdotes, and bantering about current news related topics. Bernie was a spiritual man for whom faith, God and family were most important. He was a very hard-working man of principle and integrity. In a world of constant and accelerating change, Bernie had the uncommon ability to adapt to new things and to the ways of new generations. Bernie always opened his very long arms to envelope new family members; and he frequently reached a long arm backward to procure a hidden cookie from behind his favourite chair. We will always remember his love and his joy of life. The youngest of six children, Bernie was born in Winthorp, Saskatchewan on September 5, 1930 to Theodore and Mary Rodych. After completing grades 1-9 in Winthorp, Bernie attended high school at St. Joseph's College in Yorkton, where he made many lifelong friendships. Upon graduation, Bernie went to work for his brother Walter in the R.M. of Frontier, Saskatchewan. Soon Bernie was working for the Royal Bank, bouncing from town to town about every three months. A move to Northern Trust, which was bought by Montreal Trust, saw Bernie work for Montreal Trust in Regina, Vancouver, and Winnipeg until 1977. In 1977, Bernie, Mary and their three girls moved to Saskatoon and a new job with Co-Op Trust. After 11 years with Co- Op Trust, Bernie finished his career with Central Guarantee Trust. Upon retirement, Bernie worked for the City of Saskatoon for 10 years adjudicating property tax assessment appeals. Bernie was an enthusiastic, life-long volunteer. It began in Regina through the Optimist Club and St. Martin's Parish Council. In Saskatoon he was proudly involved with the Knights of Columbus, Sherbrooke Senior's Residence, St. Augustine Council, and, until last year, The Provincial Housing Authority for Saskatchewan. Bernie's hobbies included: golf, curling, bowling, bridge, watching the news, going for coffee, and … watching the news. Bernie was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Mary, and his siblings, Mike, Rosie, Julia, Walter and Jean. A Vigil for Bernie will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13 and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Both services will be held at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church (602 Boychuk Dr.) in Saskatoon. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200 www.mourningglory.ca In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Knights of Columbus Charities (Chapter 10587, St. Augustine's Parish, 53 Malcolm Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 4M3).
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