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Bernard Igwe 1942 – 2018

Posted By Drake Smith On February 26, 2018 @ 4:44 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

In Memorial

Bernard Ezuma Igwe

1942 – 2018

With great sadness we announce that, after a long illness, Bernard Igwe of Kamloops, BC, passed away in Royal Inland Hospital on February 15, 2018.  He was 75 years of age.  Born in Enugu, Nigeria on November 10, 1942, Bernard is survived by his wife Comfort, and by sisters, brothers, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bernard Igwe was a professor of English at Thompson Rivers University.  Prior to coming to TRU, he taught briefly at Simon Fraser University, before joining the then University College of the Cariboo in 1989 as an English instructor.

Bernard served on the board of Kamloops Immigrant Services Agency for so many years and was, at some point, the president of the agency.  He played an active role in the Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association (TRUFA) and was the chief shop steward for TRUFA for eight years, championing the rights of TRUFA members.

Funeral Service for Bernard Igwe will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Nicola Street, Kamloops.  In place of flowers, if you wish, please make donations in Bernard’s name to New Life Community, Kamloops.

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Condolence from Juliana West on February 28th, 2018 7:29 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Bernard will be missed greatly.

Condolence from Susan Neale on February 28th, 2018 2:42 pm

My deepest sympathies to Comfort and Bernard’s family and friends. I met Bernard many years ago when he was a graduate student in Vancouver. I have fond memories of his kindness and warm laugh and his love of African music, beautiful clothes, dancing and soccer.

Condolence from Gwen & Bill Topfer & family on February 28th, 2018 3:28 pm

To Comfort and Bernard’s Family……we are thinking of Bernard and you on this sad day. Bernard was a fine man and our lives were enriched by his friendship…

The Topfer Family . Victoria BC

Condolence from Joe and Maley Leong, Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association on February 28th, 2018 4:07 pm

On behalf of the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association, Maley and I would like to express our sincere condolences on the death of Bernard Igwe. He was a gentle and friendly man and will be sadly missed for his dedicated work and volunteerism.


Joe Leong
Executive Director, Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association

Condolence from Maddie Topfer on February 28th, 2018 8:50 pm

My deepest and sincerest condolences to Comfort and Bernard’s family and friends. He was a wonderful man, very smart, kind, giving, and had a wonderful laugh. I always loved coming to visit Bernard with my family as he was always so warm and welcoming. I and many others will miss him deeply and I am truly saddened by the loss.

Maddie Topfer

Condolence from James T. on February 28th, 2018 11:42 pm

It was the winter of 1991 and we were a class of sarcastic misfits attending an evening English Comp. class with Professor Igwe at the helm. We were the first class to give him a nickname and he graciously allowed us to use it for the entire semester. We all called him Bernie.

Thanks, Bernie. You were a great instructor and I will always remember how much you cared about your students and championed them to do the best work possible.

Condolence from Valerie McHarg on March 1st, 2018 1:42 pm

My deepest sympathy to Bernard’s family on the loss of this fine man. I had the pleasure of working with him on the faculty association of UCC for many years. Bernard was a fierce advocate for those less fortunate, and a tireless worker. He will be missed.

Condolence from Stephen Topfer on March 2nd, 2018 9:08 am

My condolences to Bernards friends and family. He was a great man, generous, smart, loving and in possession of a terrific sense of humour and an awarding win laugh. I have lost a mentor, a friend, a brother, he will be missed.

Condolence from Eva and Werner Bechtel on March 2nd, 2018 10:05 am

We are giving our condolence to Bernard’s Igwes wife and family. We are sorry to hear that Bernard passed away. Bernard was a man with integrity and respect. We will miss him.

Condolence from Thrift City New Life Community on March 2nd, 2018 2:07 pm

On behalf of the staff & volunteers of Thrift City we are truly sad for your loss.
We pray that the Peace Of God brings showers of Love & Warmth at this difficult time.
God Bless you, Comfort.

Condolence from Angela Achoba on March 2nd, 2018 4:10 pm

Bernard I will truly miss your fatherly advice and inspiration but your words stay in my heart forever. Comfort please accept our condolence and may God give you the fortitude to bear this enormous loss.

He will be missed by many! Bernard, rest in the bosom of our lord. Amen!

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