FAY MARION BERARD
July 8, 1933 - September 2, 2022
Our dear mom, Fay, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2022 at the age of 89.
She is survived by her children Michele (Glen), Renee (Greg) and Kyla; grandson Kyle; sister Anne and sister-in-law Ruth. Predeceased by parents Harry Sr and Jane; husband Rick; brothers and sisters Bill, Harry Jr, Charlotte, Jim, Kathy, and Tom.
Fay, the youngest of eight children, was born on July 8, 1933 in Novra, Manitoba and was raised in a log home. Mom tells stories of having to melt snow on the wood stove to have a bath in the winter. Being the youngest, she was lucky to be first to bathe with clean water. Fay’s mother died when she was 2 and her dad was gone most of the time working on the railroad so her sister Kathy raised her along with the rest of the kids at home. Fay thought of Kathy as her mother and was forever grateful for the love that she was shown.
In 1950, at the young age of 17, Fay and her sister Anne moved to the big city of Winnipeg. Mom got a job with the Canadian Grain Commission for $100.00 a month.
In her early 20’s she met and married our dad, Richard (Rick). They move into a new home in Transcona on McMeans Ave. where they raised three girls, Michele (Peanuts), Renee (Popcorn) and Kyla (Cracker Jack/Angel). Fay and Rick rented a cabin at Grand Beach every summer. Mom would stay and dad would commute back and forth for work. After Kyla was born, we rented a cabin at Bemidji, MN until dad passed away. We also enjoyed travelling with Mom and Dad to Disneyland, Las Vegas, Disneyworld and Texas.
Mom got to travel to Portugal and Florida with her good friend, Dorothy. She also spent a month in Treasure Island with her long-time friends, Carol and Joanne. Her travels also included vacations to Mexico and Hawaii with her family.
She was a total social butterfly! Fay loved her Friday night card group. She was very active, loved to golf, curl and Belgian bowl. She also loved to go to the Transcona Senior Centre for lunch on Tuesdays and enjoyed line dancing, pool and darts. Mom was a loyal Blue Bomber and Jets fan. Game day would involve wearing the appropriate team’s jersey and rarely would she miss viewing the games on tv. Fay loved the Kyle Family Reunions and the McMeans Ave block parties. She was always having friends over for an awesome meal with of course, homemade dessert. She always had a small gift for every guest to take home. Fay was very generous and enjoyed making others feel special.
She liked to dress up for Halloween (or any other opportunity to put on a costume). Her clothing always suited the occasion, and if necessary, she would not hesitate to do a little shopping to supplement her wardrobe. She was always good for changing two or three times during an event. If you know Fay, you know what we are talking about.
One of the best days of her life was when Kyle, her grandson was born. Now she didn’t just have to show pictures of her granddogs. Kyle, her grandson, had a very special place in Fay’s heart. Their relationship, and the love they shared for each other, will last forever and always.
Earlier this summer, Mom wrote a story called the Pampered Kitten.
Mom was a strong, fun-loving, positive person who will be missed by her family and many friends.
A special thanks to everyone who came to visit her recently, she was very grateful that you came to see her. Thanks to the palliative care team and her nurse, Richard. Special thanks to Christian, her pharmacist, from Plessis Pharmacy. He always asked about mom and would come up and visit her.
Thank you, mom, for you have left us with a lifetime of wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. We will love you and miss you. Happy Trails to You.
Mom was proud of her Irish heritage. She would raise her glass and toast her guests with:
“May the wind be at your back when you sail the Seven Seas and may it always be the other guy who says this drink is on me”
A celebration of her life will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at the Transcona Legion at 117 Regent Ave East, Winnipeg, MB.
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