Bernard Hoo

April 2, 1923June 27, 2013

Surrounded by the love of his family, Bernard Hoo, a very special and wonderful man passed away on June 27th at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre. Bernard was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He has now been reunited with the love of his life Barbara Helen Hoo (nee Barry) who predeceased him on June 2, 1992. Bernard is survived by his eight children who he always talked about with pride - George and Sheila of Elliott Lake, Jack and Rita Olmstead, and Larry of Brantford, Jim and Mary of Harley, Mike, Mary and Chris Coates, Rosanne and Mike Malecki and Teri Hoo all of Brantford. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren who brought much joy into his life. Bernard was born on April 2, 1923 in Hungary to his parents Bernard and Mary. He was predeceased by his sisters Olga Tanguay and Irma Rimovsky, brother Louis and brother- in – law Andy Rimovsky. He was also predeceased by granddaughter Janine. He is survived by brother Frank and his wife Elaine. Bernard was a very proud WWII veteran who served on the front line with the Queen’s Own Rifles. Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 on Sunday June 30, 2013 at Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home 96 West Street Brantford. Service will be held in the chapel at 11:00 am on Tuesday July 2, 2013. Interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Following the gravesite service, a reception will be held at the Brant Artillery Gunner’s Club at 115 Henry St., Brantford where Bernard was a proud lifetime member. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre or the Alzheimer’s Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. A special thank you to the staff on Bluebird Terrace who always treated our father with the dignity and respect he deserved. Hats off to you Dad. We know you’re having a good time dancing with Mom now. We love and miss both of you but we are at peace knowing that the two of you are back together again. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2013
  • Life Celebration Service Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bernard Hoo

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Eleanor Davies

July 7, 2013

Terri, my deepest sympathy to you and family. Remember you from working together and how fondly you spoke of your dad.

Nicole Powell

July 4, 2013

I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss you. As silly as it sounds, I thought you were going to live forever because you secretly seemed to be some sort of superman and were invincible. I guess someone up there had another plan in mind and knew that your place was to be with Grandma.
You left us all with so many wonderful memories and stories to tell our friends, and children as they grow, and there has never been a way to thank you enough for being the kind of grandfather you were. You were always rough on the inside but you had a heart of gold and were really just a big teddy bear. You always made sure we knew you loved us in your own special way, usually by greeting us with one of your famous whisker rubs. We knew that no matter what we did, we would never escape the torture to come following that devilish laugh of yours.
To choose one word to describe you is near impossible. Grandfather is too simple, and amazing just doesn't cut it. You were a provider, a taxi driver, a hunter, a chef, a dancer, a gardener, a joker, an observer, a leader. You were still so much more than this but I would take up far too much space to continue but you will always be a soldier, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and the patriarch of our family and forever in our hearts.
Yesterday the sun was shining bright and there were loud claps of thunder that could e heard across Brantford. I stepped outside, looked up to the sky and smiled. I knew at that moment that you and Grandma were together once again, dancing in each other's arms for eternity, never to be separated again.
I love you and miss you terribly grandpa.
Until we meet again

All my love,

July 4, 2013

Sincere sympathies from Masco Canada Limited.

Liz Hornby

July 3, 2013

Losing a parent at any age is difficult. My sympathies go out to you and your family.

Kathleen Cullen

July 3, 2013

Rita and Jack, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know you are in pain now, but it is the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you will remember; the laughs, the stories, the smiles. Even though it may seem like you can never recover from your loss, these very memories will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. My prayers are with you and your family.

Chris Olmstead

July 3, 2013

In my 34 years on this earth, I had never heard you complain once. You were the toughest and strongest person I have known, yet you were always loving in your own rough and tough way.
I have many fond memories that I will lovingly share with your great granddaughter so that she will know what you sacrificed for our country and your family, as I will try and do the same for her. I will happily share my only memory of you panicking after you encouraged me to carry a log that was way too big for me to carry, which ultimately resulted in a broken ring finger.
Every time I rub my unshaven face against hers, (and do it with an evil laugh), I will tell her with a big smile that "that was the one thing I looked forward to the most when I saw your great grandpa"
It has been 21 years since I have felt this type of pain when grandma passed away, but it eases ever so slightly when I think about how you two have been reunited and are now in each other's arms.
Thank you for everything you have done for our family and me. I will miss you terribly, just like I miss grandma, but I know you are in a much better place.
All my love,

July 2, 2013

Dear George and Sheila
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
-Stephen and Shirley O'Neill

July 2, 2013

Roseanne and Mike, our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time. You are in our thoughts.

Your family at Patriot Forge.

Joanne MacNeil

July 2, 2013

Teri and family, your dad sounds like a great man and a wonderful father and patriarch. The memories of him and of your mother will keep them close in your hearts forever. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

July 2, 2013

To our dear friend Teri and her family, our heartfelt condolences at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Winsor-Toope Family, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland