Burnard, Bonnie

Burnard, Bonnie

March 4th, 2017

Bonnie Burnard

1945 - 2017

On Saturday, March 4th, 2017, Bonita Amelia Burnard (née Huctwith), at University Hospital, London, ON, after complications due to illness. Deeply loved and already sorely missed by her children D'Arcy (Ivan) Perkovic, Melanie (Lloyd) Mills, and David Burnard. Cherished Grandmother to Emma, Brandon, Alex, and Daniel. Bonnie was a ferociously loving and loyal mother. Dearly loved by her brothers and their children, beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A celebrated and award-winning author, Bonnie also leaves behind a close circle of lifelong friends and colleagues, both within and outside of the literary community across Canada. A reception to celebrate Bonnie's life will be held on Friday, March 10th, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. A private family service will take place at a later date. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Canadian Lung Association or to the charity of your choice.

 

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Marjorie HarrisMy prayer and thoughts are with you Mel and family...hugs
Ted & Diane BrodieOur thoughts and prayers go out to D'Arcy, Melanie and David. We always admired and loved the strength your Mother demonstrated. Also know that she certainly was a ferociously loving and loyal Mother.
Liz PlaceMy thoughts and prayers go out to D'Arcy, David & Melanie at this time of your great loss. It's an honor to have been Bonnie's friend for over 45 years. She will be sadly missed by those whose lives she touched.
Suzanne WilliamsSending D'Arcy, Melanie and David lots of love and support from all of the Williams. Bonnie had a special place in our hearts.
Trudy Brandon-EmmonsD'Arcy, Melanie and David, we were so saddened to hear that our dear cousin had passed on. It has been a few years since I last seen her. Thinking it was at my dad's (Alex Brandon) 80th Birthday Party. She was a wonderful, kind woman and will be missed by many. Keep all your happy memories of her close to your heart and she will be with you always. Our most sincere condolences to you all.
Connie Gault"She was looking, she supposed, for an artifact unique to another century, something rarely seen any more, some small thing meant to be solid against rot. She assumed the treasure would be shiny, expected the sun to throw the necessary light." from A Good House
Maria GeorgoulisD'Arcy, Melanie and David my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Your mother was a kind and loving woman who always made me feel welcome in her home. She will be missed.
Byrna BarclayWhen Bonnie's novel, The Good House, won at the SAsk. Book Awards she said that hers was "a light among many" but oh how brightly it shines now, for her family, and the literary community in Canada.
Robert M. PerozakD'Arcy, Melanie, David and Family, A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, your Mother will not be forgotten. ~Rob, Marilou, Mariah & Robinson Perozak
Stephanie MattinMy heart breaks for my dear friend and sister-in-law D'Arcy, my brother Ivan, and their children Emma and Alex. Thinking of David, Melanie and Lloyd and their children Brandon and Daniel as well during this time. Bonnie always welcomed me graciously into her home, and I will forever cherish the fond memories I have from the past 20+ years. My husband Ryan, our children Ava and Chase and my mother Darinka send our deepest condolences to the Burnard family.
Natalie BootD'Arcy, Melanie and David - my sincerest condolences. I can only echo what others have already said. Your mother made me feel welcomed in her home and there are so many happy moments to treasure.
Marie Elyse St.George SaskatoonYears ago, in Saskatoon, I was truly honoured and delighted when Bonnie requested my paintings for her early book jackets. Our work seemed to fit. I loved and respected her writing and was grateful for her interest and appreciation of my visual art. Clearly Bonnie was the center of a large and loving family and will be sorely missed.
Marie Elyse St.George SaskatoonYears ago, in Saskatoon, I was truly honoured and delighted when Bonnie requested my paintings for her early book jackets. Our work seemed to fit. I loved and respected her writing and was grateful for her interest and appreciation of my visual art. Clearly Bonnie was the center of a large and loving family and will be sorely missed.
Audrey PrendergastI have very fond memories of Bonnie, from our Regina years. "Casino" is still in my library, along with "The Good House." Her death is a very sad loss and I send sincere condolences to Bonnie's family and friends.
Carmen JonesDear Family, I did not know Bonnie personally. I must say that reading 'A Good House' one summer, while camping near Ipperwash made an amazing difference to my holiday. I appreciate her talent & extend my condolences to you all.
Crystel CowenMelanie, Lloyd and all your family, My heartfelt condolences. Although I did not know your Mom personally, I so appreciated your gift of "A good house" and I'm grateful for that opportunity to appreciate her talent. Reading her book made me feel like we'd shared something really special. May happy memories comfort you.
jennifer jonesMy condolences to the family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.
Susan SwanBonnie was a fellow writer who did a lot to put Canadian literature on the map. I read with her at venues here and in the UK when the world was still waking up to the fact that writers existed north of the 49th parallel. Last night my partner the editor Patrick Crean and I were looking at the stories in her wonderful collection Casino and commenting on how well her fiction stands up over time. She was a superb craftswoman and a staunch believer in literary activism. I once got into a messy public fight with a critic over the nominees for a Governor General's award list. I was feeling discouraged when the phone rang one morning and Bonnie said in her cheery way: Susan, we need good jurors in this country and you are one. She hung up without saying anything more. That was Bonnie, talented, big-hearted and to the point. I will miss her.
Marlis WesselerThe last time I was out for dinner with Bonnie, I suppose she was looking her age, and a waitress called her ‘dear.’ That did not go over well. But recalling her encouragement, her strength and her ability to have fun, I have to say, whether she’d have liked it or not, that she was a dear, in her own inimitable way. My sympathies go out to D’Arcy, Melanie and David, and all whom she held dear.
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