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BARRY BRUCE

Born: Mar 11, 1937

Date of Passing: Jan 14, 2016

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BARRY BRUCE It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Col. Barry Peter Bruce C.D. (Ret) on Saturday, January 14, 2016, peacefully with his family by his side. Barry is survived by Geraldine, his wife of 60 years, his son Barry Bruce (Sophie), daughter Sandra, his grandchildren Barry, and Samantha. On March 11, 1937, Barry was born in Erickson, Manitoba, to Peter and Dorothy Bruce. Barry was known by many to have a great sense of humour, generous, compassionate and larger than life personality. Even as his health declined, he was a fixture at the Victoria General Hospital because of kindness, positivity and infectious sense of humour. Barry was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He had many adventures in life and experiences that made his family proud of him; soldier, business owner, entrepreneur, volunteer and avid fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets. Barry started his career with Anthony Fosters as a sales manager and climbed the company ladder to eventually become president of Anthony Fosters. Eventually Barry was the owner and president of Western Profiles Ltd. Barry served as an Infantry Officer with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, initially enrolling in 1960. After nine years with the "Camerons", Barry reclassified to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps as a Lieutenant with the Winnipeg Service Battalion. In 1975, he returned to 17 (Winnipeg) Service Battalion, serving as Deputy Commanding Officer and Commanding Officer until 1980. Barry was appointed as the Deputy Commander of Manitoba Militia District and in March 1990 was appointed Commander. Military service was a proud accomplishment to Barry with a career spanning over 30 years that allowed him to build many long term friendships. The family would like to thank the Doctors and staff at Victoria General Hospital for their excellent care during his illness. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barry's name to: The Victoria General Hospital Foundation, The Canadian Blood Services, Wounded Warriors or CancerCare Manitoba. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book, please visit our website.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • A real gentleman. Rest In Peace comrade - Posted by: Mike Nickerson (Military) on: Apr 16, 2017

  • I have very fond memories of Col Bruce, my first Commanding Officer of 17 Wpg Svc Bn. He always felt more like a father and I could never imagine him ever raising his voice...even to give commands. He was the most approachable, compassionate and truly caring individual I ever had the priviledge to serve under. He stood behind his soldiers and he honored myself and a close friend by speaking at the funeral of Val Speidel who also served under his command and was of victim of a horrific accident while on convoy. He was the guy you could always count on to have your back, and treat you fairly no matter your rank. Looking forward to the celebration of his life at Minto, with deepest condolences, Sgt Karen Tyler (nee Mitchell) ret'd - Posted by: Karen Tyler (army buddy) on: Apr 13, 2017

  • I still have fond memories of Barry . Often he will come into mind as a generous , caring and wise person . He was a significant influence in my life . - Posted by: Gordon Seier (Business) on: Feb 21, 2017

  • Sandy, to you and your family my most sincere condolences. I always remember your dad with a big smile on his face whether in the mess, on duty or discussing his business. Best regards and a hearty salute Bruce! Mark Minenko - Posted by: Mark Minenko (military colleague) on: Feb 11, 2017

  • Geraldine, Barry Jr., Sandra, and family, we are deeply saddened to here of your loss. Barry was Dad's younger cousin by 12 years, yet they passed within months of each other. It was truly too early for him. Dad loved and respected Barry very much and that love and respect for him was definitely passed on to all of us. It has been a long time since I have seen him, but we kept in touch through Facebook and email, sharing old family photos and history as well as updating him on the family here in Edmonton. I will miss being able to do that. I know my Mother and my sisters share my sentiments. Our deepest condolences on your loss. - Posted by: Craig MacKay (cousin) on: Jan 26, 2017

  • I work with Barry first at custom profile and pipe then at western profiles for over 30 years . He was a great boss and a kind sole . Barry I will missed you rest in peace my friend , Thanks Luke - Posted by: Luke Bourcier (Coworker ) on: Jan 21, 2017

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