Carman Edwin Alexander Bisbee, born London, Ontario 14 November 1925, died Hamilton, Ontario 24 July 2015. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Marion, (Laycock Berneske) in 2002. Carman spent most of his ninety years living in Waterdown and East Flamborough township, enjoying many friendships, some of which went back to his childhood. He was a proud volunteer in the Second World War, serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. After the war he worked as a carpenter, before joining the City of Hamilton as a building inspector, ending his 35-year-public-service career as Secretary-Treasurer of the Land Division Committee of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton Wentworth. Carman’s life was filled with many passions that he pursued to the end of his life, including gardening, woodworking, cooking and playing with antique gas engines and tractors. During retirement he and Marion explored many far corners of North America in their fifth wheeler, collecting more friends and stories along the way. He enjoyed music as a member of the St. James United choir, along with the Probus Club and Heritage Society. Carman enjoyed showing off his prized Model A, the car his uncle taught him to drive when he was 14, to anyone who was interested. Carman believed strongly in responsibility to community, serving for more than 25 years as a volunteer driver for the Red Cross, delivering Meals on Wheels, as well as a Trustee at St James. He is survived by his brother Lawson (Edith), daughter Jane, son Michael (Jeannette), nephews Ed (Beckie) and David (Linda), nieces Jane, Jennifer and Joan (the ‘Berneske girls’) and many wonderful friends with whom he was happy to share this life. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at KITCHING, STEEPE & LUDWIG FUNERAL HOME, 146 Mill St. N., Waterdown on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. Interment Garden Lane Cemetery.
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