Saturday, June 20th
Raymore Roman Catholic Church
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Bernard's memory will forever be cherished by Pam, his wife of 39 years; children, Lindsay (Jeremy) Goertzen and Wayne Gotto; grandchildren, Sawyer and Sienna Goertzen; mother Margaret Gotto; brother Ross Gotto; sister Sandra Gotto; sister-in-law Marvis Fry; brother-in-law Kevin (Linda) Pal; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Bernard was predeceased by his father William; grandparents, Bramston & Anne Gotto and James & Gertrude Cossar; mother- and father-in-law, Matyas and Matilda Pal; and brothers-in-law, Eugene Pal and Ralph Fry. Bernard was born on April 25, 1953, in Lestock, Saskatchewan, to William and Margaret Gotto. His early school years were spent in Wishart. In 1967 the family moved from the Wishart area to Raymore, where Bernard continued his education at Raymore School. This is where he met Pamela (nAC.e Pal). They married on November 15, 1975. Together they raised two children, Lindsay and Wayne, and were later blessed with two grandchildren, Sawyer and Sienna Goertzen, who were the light in "Papa's" life. Bernard and Pam spent their early married life together in Regina, where he worked for Wholesale Industries. In July 1980 they moved out to Raymore to start their family. Lindsay was born on August 25, 1980, and Wayne followed exactly two years and two weeks later on September 8, 1982. Most of Bernard's life was spent as a truck driver, driving long haul throughout Canada and the United States for Richards Transport, eventually coming back home to drive some more local routes to be home more often and closer to family. At the time of his death, he was employed with the Last Mountain Co-op in Raymore. Bernard had a very strong work ethic and was always there to help out and lend a hand and do whatever was needed to get it done. Throughout the years, Bernard enjoyed camping, boating and fishing, stock car racing and chuckwagon racing. He was a huge Saskatchewan Roughriders fan, proud owner and season ticket holder. He loved hockey as well, and in his younger years, he played hockey often; he was one of the biggest fans of the Chicago Blackhawks whether they were winning or losing. He enjoyed working in the yard, cutting grass in the summer, pushing snow with his tractor in the winter months; and a few years ago, bought a motorcycle and enjoyed crusin' around on that. Bernard and Pam enjoyed taking winter holidays every years to Sosua, Dominican Republic, where they had time to relax and enjoy the sun for the last 23 years - meeting and becoming great friends with many local Dominican families and becoming godparents to three Dominican children of their close friends Frank and Margarita. Bernard loved his family more than anything and would do anything for them. He will be forever in our hearts.