‘You were simply the best, Bernie’
Following the death of the legendary runner and all-round character Bernie Portenski (see obituary by Roger Childs downpage), veteran journalist Allie Webber, of Paekakariki, wrote this moving tribute for us:
‘Thanks you so much Roger, this is a great tribute to a fantastic woman. Bernie was my hairdresser for nearly 20 years and when she left Kapiti I followed her to Miramar.
‘All the things said about her as an athlete apply to her as a hairdresser.’
‘She was upbeat, positive, and always on her game and wanted to be the best.
‘She was always keen to try something new and encourage clients to do the same.’
She was a great conversationalist, and could talk about anything in an interesting and funny way.
Above all, she was a great human being, a great woman, a great coach and a really hard worker who never lost an opportunity to live every minute of her life with purpose and joy.
Who she was in life influenced so many of us. She was on my case to exercise, get fit, eat well and lose weight. She was always interested in what was happening in my life, celebrated the good stuff and remembered to ask about the tough stuff.
Bernie Portenski you were simply the best!