Bernice Dafoe

Bernice Audrey Dafoe (Whiteland)

Thursday, September 9th, 1926 - Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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Bernice Audrey Dafoe (Whiteland)
September 9, 1926 to July 18, 2019

Bernice Audrey Dafoe (Whiteland) passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus at the Brockville General Hospital on July 18, 2019 in her 93rd year. Bernice was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill (1988) and leaves behind her loved son Don and his wife Nancy of Sarnia Ontario. Bernice was proud of the grandchildren she leaves, Lindsay Marshall (Ethan), Laura Silvestri (Darryl), David, Lesley Laht (Andrew) and Drew (Ruthy). She was so happy to have ten great grandchildren, Pearson, Blythe and Ruby Marshall, Ainsley, Florence and Julien Silvestri, Graham, Ellis, and “one on the way” Laht and Penelope Dafoe.

Predeceased by her parents Alfred and Lora (Chapman) Whiteland, and her in-laws Raymond and Beatrice (DeWolfe) Dafoe. She leaves her older brother Charlie (late wife Jean) and was predeceased by her sisters Gwen Lane (Harry), Shirley Blanchard (George), and brothers Keith (Ella Mae and Sally) and Howard. She leaves many nieces and nephews. She expressed special thanks to her nieces Pat Blanchard and Laura Reilly for their care.

“Ber” will always be remembered for her acting and sense of humour with family along with her skilled writing of poetry. “She should have been in pictures”.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the doctors and nursing staff at both sites of the Brockville Hospitals for their wonderful care in the last week of Bernice’s life.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, August 31st at the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James St. E. Brockville, followed by interment at Oakland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation would be acknowledged and appreciated. Send condolences or make a donation online at
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 11:00am
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
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  • Interment

    Oakland Cemetery
    1524 County Road 2 West
    Brockville, Ontario K6V 5T3
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  • Reception

    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
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Sandy & Mark Legacy

Posted at 04:47pm
Don,Nancy, Uncle Charlie and Family we are so sorry to hear of Aunt Bers passing. She will be remembered as a sweet lady who meant the world to her brothers and families. We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Linda J Hanna

Posted at 10:07pm
So sorry to hear about Ber's passing. She was a great neighbour to my mom and dad (Doreen and Bill)

Connie Frye Posted at 08:40pm

To Don, Nancy and your children and grandchildren, I am very sorry for your loss. I very much enjoyed knowing Ber, she was always so stylish and funny. A very Classy Lady. Also to Charlie and the Whiteland family my sincere condolences. May God hold her in the palm of His Hand.


Posted at 08:49pm
Was honoured to be able to meet Kevin's Aunt Ber. She was a wonderful woman. My deepest condolences to the family.

Dixielea Dunn

Posted at 08:20pm
Charlie and Family. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one.


Posted at 05:55pm
I am very sorry to hear of your mum's passing.We met the other day at the hospital ; I was at the information desk.Again my condolences to you and your family.Yet another chapter of Abbott Street is written.
Jim Tickel.

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