Adele Marie Simpson (née Bernard)

February 3, 2021 16 Condolences Print Obituary

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Adele Marie Simpson (née Bernard) passed away at the age of 59 years. After a long, difficult battle and constant suffering due to many health issues, Adele is free of pain and at peace, probably playing cards with her brother Terry and father Maurice, while her mother Eleanor bakes her a pecan pie. Adele will be missed and remembered by Bryan, her devoted husband and best friend of 35 years, children Amanda, Nicolas (Karen), and Chelsa, sisters Katherine (Steve) and Colleen, grandsons Michael and Luke, nephew Kyle, many cousins, aunts, uncles, and other extended family members and close friends. Adele loved animals, so we would be remiss not to mention that she is also survived by her best friends Abby, Zoe, and Cooper, granddog Winston, and nephew Koa.

Adele, a Groundhog Day baby, was born on February 2, 1961 in Calgary, Alberta to parents Maurice and Eleanor Bernard (née Askew). She grew up on Capri Avenue where she had many fond memories of shenanigans with the neighborhood kids, many of whom she remained in contact with throughout the years. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1979 and soon after began working for Bank of Montreal. In 1980, Adele gave birth to her first daughter, Amanda, and soon after moved to Edmonton where she would stay until her passing. Despite being surrounded by green/gold and blue/orange, Adele remained a devoted Calgary Flames and Stampeders fan until the day she died.

In 1983 she gave birth to her son Nicolas, followed, in 1986, by her youngest daughter, Chelsa. Adele continued to be immensely proud of her children for all of their individual accomplishments. As a young working mother, alongside her husband Bryan, Adele was heavily involved in the Baturyn Community where she served as VP of the community league and Chair Person of several committees. Adele had to step away from these responsibilities after a series of hospitalizations due to the increasing severity of her Crohn’s Disease. Throughout her adult life, in spite of her health difficulties, Adele continued to look for opportunities to give back to the community, such as fundraising to establish Kids Kottage in Edmonton. In 2011, after 31 years, Adele made the difficult decision to retire from Bank of Montreal.

Over the next decade Adele’s health continued to decline, meaning that she spent most of her time confined to the house. To escape from the reality of her situation, she continued her commitment to community service by helping the fledgling Facebook group “You Know You Grew Up In Calgary When..” grow and flourish. Her goal was to create a safe space and bring people together to reminisce about the history and their personal memories of Calgary. In this community, Adele reconnected with old friends, and formed friendships with people who would become like family.

Adele’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Karen Bidniak, Dr. Robert Bailey, and Dr. Constance Chik, who cared for Adele and stood by her side for her entire adult life, and the doctors and nurses of the home TPN team who gave us two more years with Adele, and walked with her right to the end.

At Adele’s request, no service will be held. Donations in Adele’s memory can be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (crohnsandcolitis.ca).

  1. You were a huge inspiration to us all. Forever Remembered with much love and respect.

  2. Rest well cousin Adele. For me, a cousin who grew up apart from the Bernards and without the close ties and security one’s extended family can provide, your FB posts and messages to me were a very welcome “homecoming” of sorts. You will always have a fond place in my heart. I am sure we would have argued politics with frightful vigor and still managed to be friends.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

  3. Adele, I’m so shocked to read this. You were my first assistant branch manager when I started my career at BMO 13 years ago. I remembered those laughs we had just like yesterday. Your smiles always embraced my days. You were always there to help answering my questions, correct my endless mistakes with patients. My sincere condolences to your family, rest in peace and fly like a free bird with those strong wjngs!

  4. I’m so saddened to hear about your loss. Even though I never had the privilege of meeting you personally, I always felt we were a kindred spirit!
    My deepest condolences to your family and friends.
    May you rest forever in Gods/ Jesus eternal heavenly peace…

  5. Miss Adele you brought back so many beautiful memories of my past and with living and growing up in Calgary. May you Rest In Peace and my prayers and love to your beautiful family. God Bless

  6. It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember
    Please except my sincere condolences
    Take comfort in the knowledge that there is one more angel in heaven
    Adams/ Bruce families

  7. Bryan, Amanda, Nicholas, Chelsa my condolences on your loss.

    It doesn’t seem that long ago when we , Adele , and others all worked together -still in high school, and the fun and the memories. The years have gone be so fast.

    Rest In Peace my friend, until we meet again.

  8. I did not know Adele personly but she was a big part of the of the admin for our group you know you grew up in Calgary she will be greatly missed thank you for all you did for this wonderful group my deepest condolences to her family RIP Adele god has another angel.

  9. I love the “you know you grew up in Calgary when” website. I have connected with old friends and neighbours. THANK YOU Adele for letting us all relive our memories. RIP.

  10. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Mother, Adele. She touched so many peoples lives, thru her many contributions to many organizations and communities. I grew up on Capri Avenue as well, however your mom was slightly older than me so our paths never connected in the community. It is funny how our little neighbourhood has continued to stay connected, especially thru Adele’s efforts with her FB communities of Calgary. Adele’s passion to give back even came thru her postings on the FB pages. Adele has left an amazing legacy, which will continue and we will all be forever grateful for her tireless efforts. May she rest in peace, joy, health and love. Love and prayers to your whole family during this time. Heather Allison

    “God saw you getting tired.”

    God saw you getting tired,
    When a cure was not to be.
    So He wrapped his arms around you,
    and whispered, ‘come to me.’
    You didn’t deserve what you went through,
    So, He gave you rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful,
    He only takes the best
    And when I saw you sleeping,
    So peaceful and free from pain
    I could not wish you back
    To suffer that again.
    by Katie Evans

  11. So sorry for your loss to you and your family. Adele was a big community contributor. She will be missed.

  12. Sending my condolences to Adele’s loved ones. I also didn’t know Adele personally but enjoyed her dedication to, humour and no nonsense attitude to the Calgary Facebook groups. May she Rest in Peace.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Adele and I worked together at BMO. over the years. Adele had a great sense of humour. We had many a good laugh.

  14. I Grieve with Thee… Rest well knowing your works are appreciated….

  15. Adele Marie Simpson was a great person, and I had loads of amazing interactions with her. She taught me a lot about homes, and I will miss her. I hope that she rests in peace now.

  16. My condolences Bryan, Chelsa, Nicholas, and Amanda .I had the pleasure of knowing Adele for 33 years. We worked together for BMO both at Westmount and Main office. I learned a lot from her and even when we weren’t working together I could still go to her. She was always there for me. When She retired she was the one that made sure we kept in touch.she was a great friend. I hope you are enjoying all the lime crush and chocolate covered cherries you want. I will miss bugging you that Edmonton sports teams are better than Calgary’s.
    You will be missed my friend.
    Rest In Peace.

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