In Memory

Marcello Bernardo

1941 – 2019

Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Friend, Colleague, Educator, Mentor, Entrepreneur, Athlete, Artist, Author, Musician ... an Inspiration.

Marcello (‘Cello’) was a man of many talents and will be fondly remembered by countless people.

Without a doubt, we know there was one thing Cello valued above all else; Family.
Perhaps his greatest skill was making everyone feel welcome and loved.
In reading this, it is likely you are part of that Family – the Wabikon Family; it is truly magnificent in size.

Cello’s life began in a loyal and loving village in northern Italy, yet in his lifetime he also called Huntsville, Toronto and Temagami home. Together with his soul mate Margaret, the dynamic duo known to so many as “M&M” dedicated themselves to enriching the lives of others through their teaching careers and their unwavering devotion to Camp Wabikon.

Cello was a quiet leader who believed that actions speak louder than words. He shared his respect and appreciation for nature through the artwork he created on stone, wood and canvas. His trumpet music spoke to thousands of hearts and has the ability to elicit great emotion.

Since Cello’s passing we have been gifted with messages of love, compassion and strength. Each cherished message helps to keep his memory alive and fill the void his absence leaves behind.

He was, quite simply, an incredibly special and exemplary human being.

If you have a special Cello-memory to share with us, we would be grateful to receive it. By remembering and sharing, Cello will remain with us forever,
in our hearts.

For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Cello, please consider The Wabikon Foundation as a worthy recipient of your generosity.
Likewise, donating to a children’s camping charity of your choice would honour Cello’s pursuits.

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