In Celebration of

Bernice Sherlock

October 10, 1924 -  November 17, 2022

Born in Toronto, October 10, 1924, Bernice Sherlock passed away peacefully at home on November 17, 2022. Predeceased by her husband Joseph Gerald, her parents Anne (Montone) and Sam Box, and her sisters Philomena (Jack) Wiles & Gloria (Joseph) Podkowa, Bernice is survived by her sister Florence (Stan) Clarkin. Loving mother to Michael (Lydia), Anne, Cathy (Glen) Molto, Mark, James (Barbara Ann) and Tim, and proud grandmother to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Central High School of Commerce, Bernice attended Jarvis and Harbord Collegiate for her Senior Matriculation and studied Psychology for one year at the University of Toronto. She then worked for Harrison Photo Service, Michie & Co., and for the Unemployment Insurance Commission before marrying Joseph Gerald Sherlock of Brantford, Ontario. As well as raising six children, Bernice assisted her husband in establishing Joseph Patrick Books - one of Canada’s leading Antiquarian book dealers specializing in Canadiana.

In later life Bernice went back to University to study English and Mediaeval History. She went on to work for the Civil Service Commission as well as the Health Disciplines Board, where she served as secretary during disciplinary hearings under Edward Abram Pickering, the founding chairman of the Ontario Health Disciplines Board and former wartime Private Secretary to Prime Minister Mackenzie King.

Bernice was an avid reader well into her 90s with wide ranging interests. Along with her husband, Bernice was a strong witness to her Catholic faith. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation to be held on Friday, November 25, between 5-8 pm at Turner & Porter (2357 Bloor St. West) Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 26 at Holy Family Church (1372 King St. West) Interment to follow at St. Elias Cemetery (10193 Heritage Rd, Brampton). A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring for family and friends.


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Tim Sherlock (Son)

Entered November 22, 2022 from Toronto

You will be greatly missed by all your family may you Rest In Peace with dad and all the family and friends who have gone before.

Glen Molto (Son-in-Law)

Entered November 22, 2022 from Mimico, Ontario

I had read that if you want to know what your future wife would be like in later life take a look at her mother. So I did that and concluded, "This is a good deal." Bernice belonged to that generation that was raised amidst the hardships and deprivations of the Great Depression and World War II. Unaccustomed to extravagant living she learned to get ahead with persistent hard work, resourcefulness, and frugality. The house that became their family home is a testament to that. Thrifty without being stingy she demonstrated an ability to enrich her life with small touches, such as, accessorizing her wardrobe with reused items or giving extra crunch and flavour to a canned soup with the addition of a fresh carrot . Well done, good and faithful servant. May angels lead you into Paradise.

David Reeve (Friend)

Entered November 22, 2022

She had a good, long life with a large loving family.

Donna, Rosanne & John, Kathy & Bryan, Linda & Mark, Richard & Liz Hrynkiw (Family Friends)

Entered November 22, 2022

We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to the entire Sherlock family.
Your mom was a wonderful woman, whom we all have special memories of.
A Celebration of Life, in spring, will be beautiful.

Tom Penney (friend of Mark)

Entered November 23, 2022 from Sydney,N.S.

Mark and family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. She must have been an amazing woman of great faith. May God help console you at this time of loss.


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