Bernice Ingrid Doreen Trollope

September 4, 1921March 26, 2021

Our beloved mother passed away peacefully at home on March 26, 2021, at the age of 99. Bernice was the wife of William (pre-deceased), and mother of Paul (pre-deceased), Karen (Pradeep Kumar), Leonard and Andrew. Cherished grandmother of Sonia and Raman. Bernice was born in South Africa into a close-knit Norwegian settlers’ community. Her father was serving as a missionary in Madagascar, and so it was primarily her mother who brought up the four children. Bernice graduated from high school and then attended the University of Natal, earning a BA degree in 1942. Shortly after graduation Bernice joined the South African armed forces, where she learned to drive supply trucks and got training in radar monitoring. She met her future husband William during that time, as he was an engineer in charge of setting up radar stations along the coast of South Africa. They married on March 26, 1951. Several years later they emigrated to Canada, settling initially in Quebec where William worked as an engineer with Canadian Ingersoll Rand, and their four children spent their childhood years. During that time, Bernice was active in St Peter’s Anglican Church in Sherbrooke, serving in the choir and in the ACW. In 1981 the family moved to Ancaster, Ontario where William worked as a consulting engineer with GL Tiley and Associates. Bernice joined St John’s Anglican Church, and once again was an active member of the congregation. She played the organ for services at Wentworth Lodge for 29 years, only retiring at the age of 89. Bernice was a devout Christian whose special qualities were grace, service and kindness to all. She will be deeply missed. Bernice had spent several years at Extendicare following a fall, and we wish to thank Dr. Irene Tuttle, nurses Kim, Dennis, and Jocelyn and PSWs Michael, Leny and many others for their care during that time. When Mum became increasingly frail, we brought her home where she spent the last months of her life. During this time, Bernice’s youngest son Andrew provided extraordinary support, monitoring Mum’s health and coordinating homecare services. We wish to offer special thanks to Carolyn Kelsey for her dedicated and loving care during the final months of Mum’s life. Marlatt Funeral Home will be making arrangements for cremation, and a private interment will follow in the St. John’s Anglican Church Cemetery. Donations in honour of her memory should be made to St John’s Anglican Church, Ancaster.


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Mark Franklin

March 28, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the family. Bernice was a very good friend of my parents and they enjoyed their visits. I know that she will be missed. She led a good and interesting life and has gone on to a greater reward. Rest in Peace.

Esther MacLeod (Franklin)

March 28, 2021

Dear Karen, Leonard and Andrew,
Your mother was a good friend of my parents, John and Rita Franklin. I have some photos of them having happy times together when they went on their Canadian Churchman tour of the Holy Land and Oberammergau in 1984.
When my parents left St. Peter’s and retired to Toronto, they continued their friendship with your mother until my parents’ death.
My Sherbrooke friends, Louise and Salim Hashmi, have very good memories of the excellent start which your mother gave their daughters in the nursery school which your mother ran.
Karen, your mother used to talk to my mother about you (as mother’s do) and I remember my mother’s interest in your dried flower notes project. Also, I have read and enjoyed Cloud Messenger and saw there the support that your mother gave you.
I send my sympathy to you all at the loss of your loving and lovely mother.
Sincerely, Esther Franklin MacLeod