Bernadette Hession

Bernadette Anne Hession (Fougere)

Thursday, February 22nd, 1923 - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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HESSION, Bernadette Anne
Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Joseph Brant Hospital on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the age of 96. Beloved wife of the late James Fredrick Hession. Loving mother of Cathy Lanc (late Stan), Maureen Hession, Phyllis Hession-White (Terry) and Jim Hession (Diane). Proud grandmother of Jessie-Marie (Greg), Lesley-Anne, Maureen and Daniel. Great-grandmother of Catherine and Edward. Dear sister of Marie and Angela. Bernadette was born in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. She completed her nurses training at St. Michael'‎s Hospital in Toronto, graduating in 1945 as a registered nurse. She met her husband Fred and they moved to Burlington in 1956. Bernadette loved to cook,entertain family and lived life to the fullest until the end. Her faith remained a constant strength throughout her life. She will be greatly missed. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00 am. Reception to follow. For those who wish, donations in memory of Bernadette to the Covenant House or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
    287 Plains Road East
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  • Reception

    Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
    287 Plains Road East
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Joanne Lovell

Posted at 11:48am
My sincere condolences to the entire family, particularly Cathy. Losing a parent is to lose a piece of one's self. My thoughts and prayers are with you. from Joanne Lovell

Jennifer Douma

Posted at 09:40pm
Bernie always made me feel welcome and interesting. I loved spending time with her and am grateful to Phyllis for allowing me to know her funny and charming mom. She was a lady who had strong values and faith. I am sorry for the loss but am comforted to know that her faith guided her and that she lived a long and happy life.

Paul Aird

Posted at 09:03pm
To the Hession Family,
I know you mom will be welcomed to heaven and will remember fondly as the best dressed lady in the front pew at St. John's Church in Burlington. We grew up knowing you all through our mother's and the C.W.L. bazzars. I will fondly remember Bernadette for her being smartly dress and always in her heels! She was either dress in lavender or red and was always stunning. She had a great long life and I will miss her. God Rest Her Soul.

Phyllis & Ed Mair

Posted at 05:03pm
Cathy and Jim, we are saddened to learn of the loss of your mother. May beautiful memories help to comfort you now and forever. Please express our sincere condolences to all of your family. Phyllis & Ed Mair

Scott Dale

Posted at 02:55pm
I met Bernie about 25 years ago in Vancouver. We met at Phyllis' house for dinner. After dinner I asked if she would look at my swollen ankle. She knew immediately that I needed to be admitted into a hospital. Once we got to the hospital Bernadette took charge and started telling everyone "I'm a retired nurse" before telling them what needed to be done immediately. They did not dare ignore her demands.

She probably saved my life. She has been my guardian angel and dear friend ever since. She prayed for me daily. She inspired me to be better. I never minded her telling me to stop drinking (or any other advice) because I knew her concern always came from a special place of love. Of course I knew that she was always right. When I was in the hospital bed she wrote the following keys to living life on a piece of paper that I kept forever. 1. Love Yourself. 2. Love God. 3. Forget the Past. 4. Help anyone you can.

She always talked about her kids, grandkids, and her late husband who she loved dearly. I was always amazed how many books she read every week. I loved watching her walking around her retirement home; hugging and saying "Hi" to everyone.

I consider it a privilege to have known her. I am so happy that I was able to say goodbye on her last day. I was only sad for myself because I knew she was happy and ready to let go. The world needs more Bernadettes. She was a radiant beam of light. I shall miss that beam of light. I loved her. Scott Dale

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