VALE BERNARD ANDERSON
Bernard Anderson, an Old Paradian, World War II veteran and special guest of the Association at a recent function for all who served, has died in Rosebud Hospital after a short illness at the age of 93.
Bernard and fellow OP Des O’Connell (1931) attended the Old Paradians’ Association’s 2015 Annual Dinner at the Hyatt on the Park, on a night in which all Old Paradians in wartime were remembered.
That night, Des, aged 101, cited The Ode.
A final year student of the Old Bluestone Pile in the year hostilities commenced, Bernard enlisted in nearby Fitzroy in June 1941.
A corporal with the RAAF, he was discharged at Point Cook some four years later . . . and it was not without incident.
“Bernard served in both the Army and the Air Force,” his carer and friend Brodie Cummings said recently. “He got out of the Air Force after he crashed one of their planes. His sight went and that’s why he left.”
According to Brodie, Bernard led a very colourful life. She said he worked for a number of institutions – amongst them the State Government for which he served for more than ten years as a Truancy Officer.
“Bernard was also a member of the Lions Club in Rosebud and an active member of the local church, Our Lady of Fatima,” she said. “He was also a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in recognition of his work with people, and he wore the order’s medal on the night convened by the Old Paradians.
“He was in great spirits at The Hyatt than night. He thoroughly enjoyed the evening and he was as proud as punch.”
Bernard’s wife Dulcie and daughter Maureen predeceased him. He is survived by his sons Malcolm and Stephen, and another daughter Colleen.
“He was a cheeky old bugger, Bernard. He was very caring, would do anything for you and was a genuine person,” Brodie said.
“We wouldn’t have our freedoms without blokes like him.”