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.