Credit Unions Mourn Loss of Former Manager and Friend

J. Léonce Bernard, a former P.E.I. Lieutenant-Governor, long-time politician and former General Manager of Evangeline Credit Union, has died. Bernard died at the Prince County Hospital in Summerside on Tuesday, March 26th at age 69.

Born in Abram Village, he received his early education at Evangeline School in Abram Village, becoming a member of the first class to graduate from the school after the completion of its construction, in 1962. He then went on to take courses in bookkeeping and accounting while serving as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Soon after, he married Florence Gallant of Cap-Egmont, located in the same area as Abram-Village. Together, they had four children, Michel, Pierre, Francine and Charles, as well as three grandchildren.

Before entering politics, Bernard served as office manager with McGowan Motors in Montague, and as General Manager of Evangeline Credit Union, in Wellington, PEI.

Bernard was always a strong supporter of the co-operative movement, both provincially and nationally, having served as President of the Conseil de la coopération de l’Î.P.É, as well as Vice-President and Treasurer of the Conseil Canadien de la coopération. At the time of his passing, Léonce had been serving on the Board of Directors of the PEI Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation.

He was also active in community affairs, having held executive positions throughout the years with such organizations as the Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities, the French Language School Board, the Wellington Boys & Girls Club and the Evangeline Tourism Association.

Online condolences in honour of Léonce can be extended at: http://www.inmemoriam.ca/view-announcement-355994-j-leonce-bernard.html.

(Click here to view a recent article published in The Guardian newspaper about Léonce Bernard’s passing)