Passed away peacefully Monday, October 3, 2005 after a brief illness. Bruce was born in Calgary Alberta in 1926, the third child of John & Ellen Simison.
Bruce, his older brother Jack and their 3 sisters, Ellen, Nola and Lois were a tight knit group having lost their parents when they were all quite young. They lived much of their early life in Victoria, BC. Following the death of their mother in 1938 they were sent to live with their aunt Lil and her family in Manitoba.
In 1943 Bruce joined the Canadian Army and served with the Royal Canadian Engineers as a heavy equipment operator. During his tour of duty he served overseas in both Germany and Egypt and on several bases here in Canada. In 1958 he transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force having harbored a passion for aviation since his youth.
In August of 1958 Bruce married Muriel Joan Cramer in Vancouver BC. Bruce and Muriel transferred around Canada to several different air force bases. During this time they became the parents to 3 children, son Dana and daughters Heather and Nola. In 1970 Bruce retired from the air force and he and Muriel moved their young family to Campbell River, BC.
Dad pursued work in a couple of different fields following his discharge from the service finally retiring to enjoy the fruits of his labor in 1991. He and Mom purchased a recreational vehicle and traveled across Canada and around the province of BC to visit with their children and grand children. In 1992 they traveled to Scotland and spent a month or so exploring the countryside and researching the family tree.
In 1994 we lost mom after a 3-year battle with cancer. Dad was at mom’s side throughout and cared for her at home right up until the last days.
His older sister Ellen in 1968, and his younger sister Nola in 2004 also predeceased Bruce.
He is survived by and will be lovingly missed by his son Dana, daughter Heather Lichty (David), daughter Nola Bordeleau (Allen) and his 5 grandchildren David, Arthur, Ellen, Carrie and Christopher. He also leaves to mourn his passing an older brother Jack (Barbara), his younger sister Lois and several nieces and nephews. All those left behind will miss Bruce very much.
Graveside service will be held Friday October 7th, 2005 at 1:00 pm at the Hwy. 28 Cemetery, Rev. Dave Allen officiating. In lieu of flowers donations to the Salvation Army appreciated.