RUSSELL, Bruce Lewis (Rtd) RCN, 77, beloved husband of Shirley,
passed away peacefully at the Ashcroft & District Hospital on May 3rd,
2004, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bruce was born June 17, 1926 at Clam Harbour, Nova Scotia.
He was predeceased by his mother, father and brother Royce.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife Shirley, his son from a previous marriage, Bruce Jr. (Heather) of West Vancouver and his step-children Dr. David Shergold (Elizabeth) of Toronto, Richard of Edmonton and Susan (Rob) of Prince George. He is also survived by his sisters Ruby and Sheila and his brother Bub of Nova Scotia.
He was loved and admired by his family who will cherish his memory forever. Bruce will be sadly missed by his family and friends for his loving ways, humor and wise counsel.
Bruce joined the RCN in 1943. He was a Veteran of the Second World War and served on many ships until his retirement in 1963.
His proudest accomplishments included working with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (RCSCC Fraser) where he provided 25 years of zealous service.
Bruce served many years with the Royal Canadian Legion. He became president of RCL #113 in Ashcroft and he spent a number of years working with his bud, Judy Stuart as her right hand man.
He was greatly respected and valued for his integrity and he will be fondly remembered
for his leadership and caring.
Bruce was also involved with the Fall Fair as treasurer and the OAP, where he loved to play Bridge.
Bruce loved the outdoors. He loved his fishing trips and his hunting trips. He also loved gardening.
He was fond of his 10 grandchildren and enjoyed seeing them.
Memorial Services were held at 1:00 pm on May 15, 2004 at the Ashcroft Community Hall.
“For who are as free as the sons of the waves? ”
Rest in peace Brucie-Baby…. We’ll miss you.
In loving memory of my husband Bruce Russell
May 3, 2004
When I am sad and lonely
and everything goes wrong,
I seem to hear you whisper,
“Cheer up and carry on.”
Each time I see your photo,
You seem to smile and say
“Don’t cry I’m only sleeping,
We’ll meet again someday.”
Loved and never fogotten
In loving memory of Bruce Russell who left us on May 3, 2004.
A year ago you left us,
And part of us went too.
Everything seems different
Facing each day without you.
Our hearts will always hurt,
But our memories will never fade,
We know that you are happier
Than if you had stayed.
We miss you Brucie Baby,
And we always will.
~ Now you are as free as the waves ~