October 19, 2017
Crosswell; Bruce passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 96 years.
Predeceased by his brother Percy, first wife Lori and stepdaughter Gail.
Bruce is survived by his wife Dorothy; children: Joanne (Alfie), Lynn, Regina (Darrel), Lesley (Horst), Terry-Lee (Rick), Tracy (Terry), Rebecca (Nick), Elaine (Roy), Angela (David), Marilyn (Monty), Candice (Kent), Sharilyn (Allan), Dale (Debbie), Darren (Shelley), Shohn (Holly), extended son Allen Wayne, extended daughter Rhonda Honda; as well as 34 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren.
Bruce was a man bigger than life and loved by everyone he met. Born on the prairies, he went to grade school until grade 2. At the age of 17 he was hired on by Milligan Bros to do horse logging.
Upon joining the Royal Canadian Navy at 18, he achieved his grade 10 and then was trained as a mechanical engineer. When he returned from the war, he made his mark in several communities in logging; then started working for MacMillan Bloedel where he logged with Lars Sunstrom who re-introduced him to the faith of his youth.
Bruce loved his God, Jehovah, and was a faithful Jehovah’s Witness to the day of his passing. He worked hard as a faller until his retirement at the age of 65. When not working he had a passion for gardening and tried to share his passion with his family growing vegetables, corn and even peas just for the rest of the family, as they were not his favourite at all. Not only did he work hard weeding and growing the wonderful produce, but he also would save the seeds from the harvest in order to replant the next year
A Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 5055 Maebelle Rd, Port Alberni, BC.
Stories and condolences may be left for the family at www.chapelofmemories.ca.