April 24, 1951 - May 26, 2018
On May 26, 2018, Bernard Jean Michaud, age 67, died peacefully at the QE II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, NS, surrounded by his much-loved family. Born in Toulouse, FR, in April 1951, he moved with his family to Tananarive, Madagascar, when he was four, and where he lived until he was 19. He immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1971 where, as a mechanical engineer, he worked primarily with Pratt & Whitney Canada, until he retired early in 1995.
In 1995, Bernard moved to North Rustico, PE, and worked with Atlantic Turbines. In 2000, he moved to Tilburg, Netherlands, to work with Standard Aero; then in 2010 to Raray, FR, to work with SECA, which became Vector Aerospace and now Standard Aero, as Vice-President of Engineering. He retired permanently in 2016, but continued to consult on all things aircraft engine-related until very recently.
During his long career, Bernard was known by his colleagues as exacting, careful, highly skilled, knowledgeable, and professional without forgetting his sense of humour. He cared deeply for the people with whom he worked, and was known to fight ferociously for anyone or anything he believed was being wronged. Since he literally travelled the world in association with employment, he garnered the loyalty and love/appreciation of many, many people.
He was also known for maintaining friendships and demonstrating strong loyalty to his family and friends. This loyalty and his love went beyond physical, social, or religious boundaries. He was a practicing Jehovah’s Witness, and his love of God guided his loving and kind interactions with everyone first.
In 1972, he met Lee Ellen and they had three beautiful children, Christopher, and twins Cara, and Marina. They remained very close out of their mutual respect and love.
Bernard is loved and deeply missed by his son, Christopher (Jennifer Arsenault) Michaud, his twin daughters Cara (Rick) Dempsey and Marina (Bob) Doyle, and his former wife Lee Ellen (Richard Lemm) Pottie; his grandchildren Juliet Jeanne Yeo Michaud, Jorja Storm Dempsey and Javis and Jkobe Smith, and Claire Marie, Parker Bernard, and Peyton Margaret Lee Doyle, all of Prince Edward Island; and his mother Christiane Doublet Michaud, his siblings Nicole, Franck (Sophie), and Stéphane (Céline) Michaud, in France. Bernard was an amazing uncle and Tonton to his many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, including Brice, Estelle, Stéphanie, Cyrielle, and Marlène Michaud, and Hélène and Claire Ligerot and Gabriel, Laura, Will, James, and Christie-Lee Pottie/Pate.
Bernard was predeceased by his father, Yves Michaud, his brother, Patrick, sister-in-law Béatrice Michaud, brothers-in-law Brian and Kevin Pottie, and his in-laws Clary and Lucie Pottie.
We thank our families and friends, and Bernard’s many friends and former colleagues, for your wonderful words of support and love, and memories of Bernard. We will treasure them.
We express our deepest thanks and appreciation to the CCU unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the CCU unit at the QEII. The highly knowledgeable and professional staff and specialists at the QEII guided us through a most difficult path with gentleness, openness, and caring, always treating Bernard and us with respect and tenderness.
Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel from where the service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Interment later in Stella Maris Cemetery, North Rustico. Family flowers only, however if so desired, memorials to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada would be appreciated. Visiting hours on Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com