November 11, 2016 | Village of Mortlach

Bernie Forbes 

October 21, 1930 – October 27, 2016 Life Legacy from WJ Jones Web Page

It is with great sadness that we announce that Bernie Forbes has gone to the big Marsh in the sky. Bernie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Yvonne (Vonnie Ferguson) and children Karen (Mark), Kelly (Bruce), Kristie, Mark (Donna); grandchildren Leslie (Steve), Steven (Bronwyn), Scott, Tyson, Brian, Kandra, Halle; and great-grandson Magnus; brother Larry (Marilyn); brother-in-law David; and in-laws Don (June) Ferguson, and Dale (Pat) Ferguson, and Marjorie (Gordon) Ward. Bernie is predeceased by parents Clarence and Alice (Geottler), and sister Patti Gamble.

Born on a farm north of Mortlach, Bernie dedicated his life to farming and wildlife conservation, especially waterfowl and upland birds. From a very young age he learned how to hunt and fish. He became acquainted with southern Saskatchewan’s habitat for waterfowl, deer and big game and was always concerned for their welfare. Bernie spent 3 years as Saskatchewan’s Director of Wildlife and the next 20 years with Ducks Unlimited Canada, ending his career as Regional Manager of SK, MB and NWT. He said his greatest accomplishment was his participation in DUC’s Saskatchewan Heritage Marsh Project. DUC provided him many opportunities for hunting and fishing adventures resulting in many friendships throughout North America.

Bernie always had a vision: a purebred Polled Hereford ranch when he was a young man, later the DUC projects, his beautiful gardens in Victoria and painting. Up to his passing he was still farming and owned a bison ranch that he created when in his 70’s. Bernie’s last project was the Casey Jones Early Man Site, east of Mortlach. It saddened him that he was unable to see it completed.

Bernie was a true outdoorsman. It was fitting that he came into this world and now leaves it during hunting season. Whenever we hear geese fly overhead, we will be thinking of Bernie.
The celebration of Bernie’s life will take place at the Mortlach Memorial Hall on Friday November 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Della Ferguson will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to Village of Mortlach (Casey Jones Heritage Site), Mortlach, SK S0H 3E0.