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Week of February 4, 2008
Bernard Feehan revered for his sense of justice
Retired judge and dutiful Catholic died at 78
By ALICIA AMBROSIO
"Dad always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and a trick up his sleeve."
- Kevin Feehan
Four X had two kinds of bread - the Standard loaf, which cost seven cents and the Toastmaster loaf, which cost nine cents. Sometimes he would wrap a Toastmaster loaf twice, with the original wrapping re-covered with the Standard wrap so that the lucky buyer would buy the seven cent loaf only to be happily surprised to find within it the nine cent loaf, he said.
He also said his father had a healthy sense of humour. "Dad always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and a trick up his sleeve. The world was an entertaining stage for his quick wit, foolish humour and love of life."
Ted Feehan, the youngest of the Feehan children, said of his father's sense of humour: "Right to the end, he never lost his tremendous sense of humor. If you were to ask him in the hospital if you could get him anything he would tell you yes - a Cadillac.
Kevin Feehan said, "A few weeks before he died, I asked him if he could do anything over again, what he would do differently. He said, 'I would do it all again, all the same. God gave me a wonderful life, and I wouldn't change a moment of it!'"
Bernard Feehan was born Feb. 11, 1929 in Saskatoon, the fourth of five children of Edward Feehan, the first superintendent of Catholic schools in Saskatoon, and Josephine Grattan, a teacher and community activist.
He is survived by his wife, Kay, and their seven children, Kevin (Mona-Lee Brophy), Gregory (Lynne Terriff), Sheila (Kerry Wiebe), Kathy (Brad Johnson) of Cincinnati, Richard (Kathaleen Quinn), Maggi, and Ted (Leslie White).
He is also survived by his sister Marie and 19 grandchilden. He was predeceased by three brothers, Father Leo (1971), Ned (1986) and Father Grattan (2006).
"When he passed away last Wednesday afternoon, the whole family gathered around his hospital bed and said prayers as a family. We then opened a bottle of Irish whiskey and toasted the best husband, father, and grandfather we could ever ask for," Kevin Feehan said.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan 29 at St. Joseph's Basilica.
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