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In Memory of Bernie Hamilton nee Barry

In memory of Bernadette Hamilton (nee Barry)
1960 - 2021Siobhanfinal1 no plaqueBorn on 28th April 1960, Bernie was baptised as Mary Bernadette Barry and quickly became ‘Bernie’ to family and friends alike. She was born in Chapel Row, Laurencetown where she lived for around 4years before the family moved to Millar Park.  She attended the local primary school St Colman’s Bann Primary School in Laurencetown and St Patrick’s High School in Banbridge.

Her first job was in Gilford Mill and then she moved to Moy Park and various other jobs, but she found her vocation when she started working in Crozier House Care Home, Bernie loved organising raffles, bingo, live music to keep the residents entertained she was a natural. She was very creative and loved to knit, she told us she learned how to knit with two seven-inch nails, she had a flare for short stories, the scarier the better, I am sure the half of Laurencetown could tell the stories!

Bernie and Val met in the local pub which was then called Halls Mill, Ryan came first, then Tommy, Wee John was the surprise, then Siobhan arrived keeping them all on their toes. After almost 40 years together they decided finally to tie the knot on 06 September 2019. 

Bernie was loved by her many many brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and all of her family and friends, she always made sure communion cards, confirmation cards, birthday cards etc. were always sent with love and of course a few pounds too.

Bernie hadn't been in great health for a year or so, but despite all that she had to deal with she kept her spirits up as best she could and spent the rest of her life with her loving husband and family.

She was a very big character and played a massive part in all our lives, she will be sorely missed and her family have amazing memories that they will cherish forever.  Seeing so many people here today to say goodbye to Bernie, shows just how loved she was and how much she will be missed, Bernie definitely left her mark on anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.  The family would like to thank Canon Powell and the clergy, Doctor McNiff and Banbridge Health Centre, Craigavon Hospital, Gilford Nursing Staff and Southern Area Hospice Services.

Bernie wanted us to celebrate her life here today, to have a party and send her off with happy thoughts.

Could everyone please give a round of applause for a great Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Friend, Care Giver and an amazing part of the Laurencetown Community, it was our pleasure to know her xxx 




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