New York State In-depth

The Community Remembers Elenora Bernard

Judge Sylvia Hinds-Radix

“The death of Elenora Bernard is a tremendous loss to our community. She was a stalwart. She was committed to ensuring that our community was well informed and participated in all important events, whether it was social or political. She will surely be missed.”

Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elenora Bernard, and the tragic circumstances make it even harder to bear. Elenora was a dear friend of Brooklyn’s West Indian community, always looking to help empower the next generation of business and community leaders, serving as a mentor to so many. Her leadership and presence will surely be missed. I pray that God will comfort her children, grandchildren, family and friends, and provide them with the strength to cope throughout this time of grief.”

dr Una Clarke

“I have known Elenora Edwards for over 40 years, a community and business leader in the Trinidadian/Caribbean American business leadership, one of the Founders of the Minority Women’s Business Enterprise. Her Cultural and Civic Engagement among Caribbean Americans has been invaluable. Her tragic passing has left a void that cannot be filled in our community.”

Ambassador Nick Perry

“I have fond and what will be lasting memories of Elenora as a caring mother, and someone who was in a very significant way responsive to the call for service to her community. She was a woman with a very generous spirit, that didn’t hesitate to give financially, and even of her time and energies in her service to the community that she lived in and loved. Not only East Flatbush, but all of New York benefitted from her notable community service over the years. Elenora had superb leadership abilities and used those strengths to contribute to community building in her capacity as a small business woman in the construction industry, and as the former head of retired Congressman Ed Towns’ district office. I know the entire community is devastated by the tragic way in which she left us. As we thank God for her life, I offer my sincerest and saddest condolences to her son Khari, daughter Sherry, grandchildren and the rest of the Bernard Family. May her soul rest in peace, as her life of good deeds and service lives on.”

Rt. Rev. Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales

“Our Shero Sleeps”

Ms.Elenora Bernard, Stalwart Supporter of our Community Causes. Khalil Gibran, speaks of “death” to exhort us concerning the Wisdom and Spiritual understanding of the transition from “death to life.”

Let us reflect on his words:

In the depth of your hopes and desires lie your silent knowledge of the beyond; And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.

Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherdess when she stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon her in honour.

My beloved Spiritual Sister, Eleanor Bernard was a woman of tremendous strength, courage, compassion and empathy Her heart was entangled with much love for her Brooklyn Community where she assisted in the development of a keen intervention in Healthcare and the establishment of a unified Brooklyn

Hospital Networking System. This was evident in the many challenges she faces fostered on behalf of her beloved East Flatbush Community and beyond.

Eleanor, as we so honorably called her, was the life of the party where ever she was in attendance including the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus events in Albany New York. Her magnificent sense of humor left an everlasting impression of joyfulness on my mind. She would remove dark clouds of sadness with jokes that would make us laugh with tears in our eyes and beyond control. She knew that laughter was a source of medicine for our mental health and wellness.

Any moment ignited by her comedic conversation created immense laughter that was healing to the body, soul and spirit.

Elenora knew how to drive rain clouds away and bring the illustrious sunrise into our rainy days. With an extreme sense of gratitude for nature at its highest expression, she recognized the value of both rain and sunshine in her jesters with rainfall salutation and sunshine adoration

Elenora had an amazing gift of humor from the Creator of our Universe. A gift she utilized to tell stories to ease our pains, to comfort our hearts, to bring light into our dark moments, to bring glory to the Divine Creator. She understood that we needed a break from the seriousness of life in a community struggling and fighting to stand on the political cusps of our democracy. Elena made us laugh.

Elenora, a mother, a community supporter and activist, a compassionate person shared her love, her empathy with so many people who were down trodden, providing assistance to everyone who sought her help. The community recognized that we have lost one of our great humanitarian and friend.

To the family of Elenora Bernard we express our deepest sympathy for her passing. Our prayers are continuously being offered, on the behalf of her beloved community, for the comfort of her dearly beloved and precious children and her family members.

Elenora, now you are asleep, resting with the Angels in the Universe. we are Convinced with your extraordinary sense of humor you will create the most glorious and majestic moments of laugher for the Angels who are specifically assigned to watch over Earth and our world.

Our admirable Elenora, we will always “Love You.” You are sincerely missed. Our hearts of grief are comforted by the words Khalil Gibran. According to the poem “On Death”, by Khalil Gibran, “And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.. “ We have garnered this truth from the remarkable poet.

Behold, Glorious Eleanor

“Death has not robbed us, just make ye divine.” Sleep on in glory!! RIP

Hazra Ali

“Elenora Bernard was like another mother to me and I’m devastated by her untimely death. She was a woman of passion, love and community. A brilliant entrepreneur, she was not only involved in many successful projects in the community but she pulled others up as she climbed. Elena not just employed many people from the community but treated them like family. She was a fierce advocate for equity for

Minority and Women owned business and supported myself and many other local elected officials. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with her Daughter, Son and grandchildren she has entrusted her legacy to. This great woman will never be forgotten. I am truly shocked and saddened by this tragic and senseless loss of life. I send my deepest condolences to the family she leaves behind to grieve her parting. Loosing a mother is a pain that never goes away. May she sleep in God’s eternal arms.”

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