BERNICK, Ben­jamin (Ben)

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Re­mem­ber­ing Ben

Sadly, na­tive son, Ben­jamin (Ben) Bernick passed away in mid-Novem­ber 2016, in Ot­tawa, where he lived with his beloved wife Bila and their son Jor­dan, who were his great­est loves.

Ben grew up in Syd­ney where he went to Colby School, Wood­ill Jr. High, and Syd­ney Academy. He and Bila mar­ried in Syd­ney. After Jor­dan was born they moved to Is­rael, where they lived for 20 years. In Is­rael Ben work for the US Em­bassy where he coached and played for the very suc­cess­ful Scor­pi­ons soft­ball team. Ben and Bila re­turned to Canada, fi­nally set­tling in Ot­tawa where they lived for the past 15 years.

Just last sum­mer Ben and Bila re­turned to Cape Bre­ton to spend time with friends and rel­a­tives. Even though Ben had been away from home for ap­prox­i­mately 35 years, his deep love for the is­land never di­min­ished. While in Cape Bre­ton Ben and Bila spent time in Dundee, Syd­ney, In­go­nish, Mar­ga­ree Har­bour and yes, they even drove the Cabot Trail.

Those who knew Ben grow­ing up, in Syd­ney, would re­mem­ber him for his “take no pris­on­ers” and fe­ro­cious com­pet­i­tive spirit in what­ever sport he did es­pe­cially ten­nis and bas­ket­ball and his ad­ven­tur­ous ap­proach to life.

To his clos­est friends Ben will be re­mem­bered al­ways for be­ing there when it re­ally mat­tered and his quick wit. We will truly miss Ben and thank him for be­ing such an im­por­tant part of our lives grow­ing up in Cape Bre­ton and be­yond.

Ben, you will be with us al­ways.

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