Bernadette (Dicks) Hoadley, RN

January 23, 1934 to June 6, 2019


On May 22, 2019 Bernadette suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Heath Science Centre.  During that time members of her family stood vigil with her.  On June 6 Bernadette left this world for a far better place, safe in the arms of Our Lord.

This would be the end of her time on this earth but not before she travelled an amazing journey while she was here.

Bernadette was born and spent her early childhood at Tides Point on the Burin Peninsula where her father was the lighthouse keeper.  When the Dicks family moved to St. John’s, Bernadette chose a career as a health-care professional.  She enrolled at the St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and graduated with her RN at the top of her class in 1956.  Her excellence in nursing school was the foundation for what would become a career marked with efficiency and dedication. All her life Bernadette was so proud to be a St. Clare’s grad trained by the Sisters of Mercy.

Upon graduation Bernadette became a public health nurse. This career choice enabled to experience cottage hospital nursing in several area of the province. It also afforded her the opportunity to administer nursing care to coastal community aboard the Easter Seals vessel.

After moving to Ottawa in 1962 she worked at the National Defense Medical Centre and at the Ottawa Civic. For the last years of her career, she did private duty nursing until she retired to return to St John’s in 2006.

Bernadette’s trip to her eternal reward will be welcomed by family who preceded her – a cherished and loving daughter to John and Madeline Dicks (parents), Michael and Joseph (brothers), Leon (nephew).  While her earthly journey has ended, she has left many to value her memory and the mark she made.

Most especially – sons Scott and grandson Nicholas (Alberta), Mark (British Columbia) – sisters Irene Pearcey, Marguerite Hammond, Mary Power, Ada Casey – brothers Dominic and John (Jack).  Very special thanks to her niece Brenda Pearcey-Cardwell for her dedication and commitment to Bernadette’s final wishes.

The staff and residents of Tiffany Village Retirement, where she resided, will sadly miss Bernadette.

Cremation has taken place and at Bernadette’s request there will no visitation.  Service to be held 9:30 A.M. June 10 2019 at The Carnell Memorial Chapel.  No flowers by request.



9:30am, Monday June 10th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Dear Irene ,Sharon and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your recent loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Betty Simms

To the family of Bernadette
I am sorry to hear about best
Friends she going to be miss
Take care Sandra

I am so sorry to hear that Bernadette has left us but Heaven has a very special new resident.we were in the same Nursing class-at St Clare’s She was a very caring and professional student and later as a graduate nurse She was so generous to us girls from out of town ,often having us join her for dinner with her family ..
We were in contact since she returned to the city,,we attended our Alumni Dinners and talked early in May about tickets for the dinner this year which will be on Monday night..
My thoughts and prayers are with her children ,and her brothers and sisters and other members of her family especially her neice whom i often met when she accompanied Bernadette shopping
Rest In Peace Bernadette we will miss you

We will miss her but know she is at peace!
Thinking of everyone.

Marguerite and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

My deepest sympathy on the passing of Bernadette. I came to know her well when she became one of the early residents of Margaret’s Place. She championed many projects in our condo building and she was especially kind to anyone who needed help.

Bernadette shared with us many stories and photos of her sons and grandson. Although they were far away, they were always in her thoughts.

May her soul rest. in peace.

Irene and families ,sincere sympathy, your sister was beautiful cherish your good memories.

To the Hoadley and Dicks families, please accept our sincere condolences. There has always been a close bond between the Dicks and Pearcey families that shows up with heartfelt support during such sad passings of a loved one. RIP Bernadette.

Irene, Brenda so sorry for the loss of your sister, and aunt Bernadette. I hope that the care, love and devotion that you provided to keep her comfortable in her final days will help ease the sadness of her passing. Irene may the love and memories your hold in your heart always bring your comfort and smiles. She was so lucky to have family like you.

Mary, Gordie & I are so sorry to learn of your sister’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of you all in your sorrow.

Mary, Irene, and the Dicks family. I’m sorry for your loss. Bernadette is in a happy place and will be watching out for all of you. Love and God Bless.

Mary, I was saddened to learn of Bernadette’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and convey sincere condolences to Scott and Mark and all of Bernadette’s siblings and their families. It’s hard to put sympathy into words but know that you will be missing your Mom and sister! Hoping that the sad moments of today and beyond will be eclipsed by all the truly beautiful memories of Bernadette’s life. May she rest in peace.

Don Jackman and family( Paul, Sean and
Catherine..Peace and Love to Marguerite
And the Dicks Family.

We are glad you are now at peace. Thinking of everyone, Emily and Blair.

We have been thinking about you often this past week. We know you are surrounded by loved ones. Love Always, Sara, Pat and Parker xo

Rest peacefully Bernadette.. I know u are not alone .. safe in Gods hands now! I’ll miss our communication on social media. You brought a smile to my face so often. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🥰

Beautiful lady. RIP