It is an honour to celebrate the life and memory of Bernie Conrad who was one of the four founding members of the first International Ukulele Celidh in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
Bernie was born in the Dawson Memorial Hospital in Bridgewater, N.S. and grew up in Halifax and Rose Bay. In 1963 he graduated from Centre Consolidated School where he was a member of the Air Cadet Squadron. His post secondary education indudes Waterloo University College, Dalhousie University, Saint Marys University, and Mount Saint Vincent University. This all prepared him for his 30 years of devoted teaching as an English teacher and an ESL teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax, N.S.
Over the years Bernie received several awards. Those included the Halifax Harold Student Award for student achievement, the Stathacona Trust Awards in Maarhsmanship in Air Cadets,and the Hilroy foundation Scholaship award with four of his colleagues.
Bernie enjoyed playing tennis at Burnside, badminton at Centre Consolidated School, bowling with the Men's Teachers' Association, attending Neptune Theatre,and travelling to Eurpose with students. After he became a member of the Halifax Amateur Radio Association and Secretary for HARC, Bernie was very proud to participate in the many Amateur Radio events where he assisted with workshope for the Boy Scouts and did the communication at car rallys and, was the amateur radio operator at Peggy's Cove after the Swiss Air Crash.
The many activities and time spent at his cottage on Lake Mush-a Mush were a souce of enjoyment for many years.
Bernie was a charter member of the Osprey Ridge Golf Club, travelled to Nassau, Puerto Rico, The US Virgin Islands, Jamaica, England France, Belgium, Holland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany, and enjoyed a hobby "chipping away." Most of his life, Bernie was surrounded by music so, in his retirement, he decided to learn to play the guitar and later the ukulele. He joined the South Shore Ukulele Players in 2003 and later would become a member of the Uke Mates. He totally loved his ukulele and played it every day.
Bernie was a dog lover and enjoyed his Odin, Dudley, Bosley, Ashley, Amber, and Tessa. He was also a wonderful son, husband, brother, father and grandfather and, we will all remember him with great affection, and pride.