In Celebration of

Bernice Audrey Lepper

March 1, 1931 -  January 14, 2023

The last of her generation in the family, Bernice died at home on Saturday January 14th at the age of 91.

Predeceased by her loving husband Art in 2011, Bernice was the proud mother of Cathy (Doug Hitchcock), Peggy (Peter Blatherwick) and Pat; loving Grandmother of Tim (Cassandra), Alli (Matt), Andy, and Mary (Morgan) and GG to Nora. She was Aunt “B” to her many nieces and nephews and their families.

Bernice was a life-long Guider and “Brown Owl'' to many, especially the children at Sick Kids Hospital. She was the Deputy Commissioner of Guiding for Ontario in the 1980s and continued to meet with her Trefoil Guild until she was 85.

She was an active member of the Anglican churches that she attended throughout her life in both Kapuskasing and Toronto.

Bernice was a member of the Caledon Ski Club for many years and travelled extensively with Art during their retirement. Her favourite place to be was the island cottage on the Severn River, the "Lepper Colony” where she spent her summers since 1958.

We will be forever grateful to the PSWs who assisted Pat with Mom’s care in her final weeks.

A visitation will be held at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke on Friday February 24th from 2:00 until 4:00pm and 6:00 until 8:00pm.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Church of Christ the King, 475 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke on Saturday February 25th at 2:00pm.

If desired, donations in Bernice’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Alzheimer Society of Canada or a charity of your choice.


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Martha Robertson 

Entered February 18, 2023

I remember Bernice fondly from my time working at Merton Street with Girl Guides of Canada. She was a dedicated volunteer, a thoughtful and considerate colleague, and a fun person to spend time with. I am sorry to hear of her passing, and I send my condolences to her family.

Wendy & Lamber Marrett 

Entered February 19, 2023 from Etobicoke

Dearest Pat, Cathy and Peggy, Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your mom. Bernice and Art were truly one of a kind. We will and have missed our weekends away with our gospel choir and band. They were the highlight of the year. I personally will miss our talks and quiet time together. May God go with you all. R.I.P Bernice. All our love. 

Entered February 19, 2023

I never met your mother, Cathy, but I can see now where you got so many of your positive qualities. So sorry for your loss.


Entered February 19, 2023

Dear Cathy, Doug and family, i am sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences. You are fortunate to have your mom with for such a ling time…all those memories to cherish. Peace to all. Loe and prayers.
Judith Bennoch

Ann Blatherwick 

Entered February 19, 2023 from Toronto

What a lady! Her Majesty, I called her. I will always remember the welcoming smile and bear hugs, her contagious laugh, how she made you feel so important, her sparkling eyes and mischievous character! Time with her was always well spent. How lucky I am that my brother, Peter, married her daughter, Peggy, so I could have her in my life. She was great friends with our mother (Jean Blatherwick) and I imagine the two of them, skiing and laughing and having a ball in Heaven! Bon voyage Your Majesty! We will miss you.


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