July 30, 1917 – June 27, 2019
Bruce was born in Roblin, Manitoba. At the age of 20 he became the goalie for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs (the hockey farm team of the New York Rangers) where he remained for three years. Bruce went on to serve with the RCN in WWII for the next 5 years. He then settled into 20 plus years of working for the CNR railroading and moving frequently with his wife Betty and two children Linda and Larry. He eventually purchased the Stardust Motel in Salmon Arm and later worked for the BC Liquor Store in Penticton before finally settling into retirement in Qualicum Beach in 1980.
Bruce had a good, long life of 101 years. He always had a smile, a cheerful hello, and a strong handshake that he took great pride in. He was the kind of man that had a zest for life. He exercised his mind and body daily by keeping up on the newspaper, current events, and hockey games. He was diligent about his daily exercises of walking, riding his bike, and weights. He was known for his five servings of vegetables a day and fabulous home-made muffins. Bruce was warm and welcoming which was evidenced by his many friends and the fact that his family thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him. He always had time for you. He was a great listener, but he was also a great story teller who had countless entertaining stories about his life.
Some people have an energy about them that is infectious to be around, that was Bruce. He will be missed, and yet because he was adored by so many, he will forever live on in our hearts.
Bruce leaves his daughter Linda, granddaughter Diane (Rick), great grandsons Zac and Chase, grandson David (Nicole), great granddaughter Alannah, daughter-in-law Marianne, grandsons Sam and Lee, nieces Lorna, Susan (Jim), nephew Gerald (Mary-Lynn) and cousins and many friends.
Predeceased by wife Betty (1993) and son Larry (1995). Brothers Bill and Ted and sister Hazelle. Cliff (son-in-law).
Thanks to the care and compassion of the staff of the 2nd floor of Qualicum Manor and thank you to Dr Henderson and Dr Biglow.
No funeral by Bruce’s request.
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