We heard the sad news of Bernie's passing with the following
Boyce passed away peacefully at home last Monday evening after a long
battle with Prostate Cancer.
service & cremation for Bernie will be held at :
Tuesday 27th January -
New Southgate Crematorium,
Brunswick Park Road,
London N11 1JJ
His wife Dawn invites everyone who wants to attend - and asks for
no flowers, please, Donations to either of Bernie's favourite
charities, Macmillan Cancer Support or the Prostate Cancer Research
Foundation, would be most welcome.
You will not be surprised that Bernie's last wish was that he could
have one more drink with all his old friends at his local.
Consequently we are all invited to belatedly share that drink with him
at the 3 Wishes Pub - 749 Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, London N21 3SA
after the funeral.
If you are unable to make it to the funeral or the pub, he asks you to
raise a glass with him next time you have one in your hand & share
that virtual last drink with him."
In the early days of LLs, Bernie was a great recruiter of potential
Members - indeed he was originally "responsible" for getting Pin (a Past
Chairman of LLs', now Secretary & Webmaster) along to London Lunchtimers
for the very first time. Pin remembers...
"I first met
Bernie when we were at Dirty Dicks (opposite Liverpool St station -
and a popular haunt for PAWs in the early days) when we had all
gathered to welcome Haydn Jones on one of his visits to the mainland
from one of UK's 'offshore banking' islands.
Bernie and I had 'met' on the CompuServe Masonry forum and during one
of our forum discussions had talked about drinking "when hands were on
the square". He added that it was usually "at 9:00" - but I reminded
him that in Johannesburg when we used to have "tailgate parties in the
car park" after some Masonic meetings frequently we would do the same
much later "...because the hands are also square at 3:00 in the
morning!!!" Well, it was then that Bernie said we had to meet for a
drink, and he insisted that I came to Dirty Dicks on a PAW night.
Naturally, we made a considerable effort to identify & make a bee-line
for one another!
particular night (early in 1996) there was a great deal of talk about
Masonry generally, one of the main topics being the proposed founding
of Internet Lodge (now UGLE 9659, Province of East Lancs.) which we
were both interested in. On 29 January 1998 that Lodge was
consecrated, with Bernie as one of the Founders, and I was privileged
to be his guest at the Consecration whilst staying with him and his
(then) wife at his home in Macclesfield.
Anyway, Bernie and I realised that we were not only 'Brothers' but
also "kindred spirits"! He made it quite clear of the dire
consequences if I did not accompany him as HIS guest to "...something
I'm sure you'll enjoy, Pin - London Lunchtimers". That was to be at
the May meeting in 1996, & since then...."
We will all miss his cheery humour, generosity and good nature. Let's
make sure we all raise a glass to him.
Bernie's funeral included LLs Life President Nick 'Le Grand' Alexander,
LLs Secretary & Webmaster Mike 'pin' Pinfield, and LLs member Steve
Bennett - who all expressed their condolences to his widow, fellow
Lunchtimer Dawn Boyce.
were also received from:
John & Connie Ross-Barnard, Gerry Brown, Suzanne Josefowicz, Chris
Haskins, Maxine Besser,