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Date of Passing: Jan 25, 2015

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BRUCE PALMER Peacefully on January 25, 2015 our beloved father, grandfather and friend Bruce Palmer passed away. Bruce was predeceased by his wife Veronica, brother Brian, mother Anne and father Edwin. Left to cherish his memory are his children Karen (RĂ©al), Peggy, Bart (Michelle) and grandchildren Danelle and Justin (Alexandra), sister-in-law Lorna and brother-in-law Sam, sister-in-law Shirley and many cousins. Bruce was born in 1935 and grew up in the West End and attended Daniel MacIntyre High School. He was passionate about football and was quarterback for the London Lords in Ontario and the Winnipeg Rods. In 1955, Bruce was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. In 1957, Bruce started working with the Winnipeg Fire Dept. #1 Station located downtown, where he advanced to Captain until he retired in 1995. Bruce married Veronica Wrobel in 1958 and soon started their family. First born Karen, then Peggy and youngest Bart. Bruce's love of nature and adventure took him and the family on many camping vacations. The family also spent many summers at his cottage in Winnipeg Beach. People were drawn to Bruce's friendly personality not afraid to strike up conversations with anyone that would stop to chat. His favourite nickname for his male friends was "Boss." Despite suffering a major stroke in 1995, Bruce rekindled his talent for painting and took classes once a week with the help of an artist. The family would like to thank his caregivers at Riverview for looking after Bruce during his 20 year stay. Also, special thanks to Len, Bill and David for those special Thursday meetings. A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at the Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place after the service at All Saints Cemetery on Main St. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Firefighters Burn Fund. Condolences can be sent to 204-586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 31, 2015

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • The "BOSS". I will always remember the times with THE BOSS. He was such a wonderful person to all, Bruce's family were always so friendly...Bart picked up his humor without a doubt !!!! LOL JO JO - Posted by: joseph sokolosky (friend and brother) on: Feb 10, 2015

  • Bruce was one of the legends on the WFD. Those who didn't know him, knew of him. I only met him a couple of times but he was a nice guy. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Co-worker) on: Feb 08, 2015

  • I had the privilege of working with the "The Boss" over the years and having him as my Captain at 8 station in the the late 80's. What a character. It was always fun coming to work. My condolences to his family. I'm happy his pain is over though and he's in a better place. God be with you Boss, take care. - Posted by: Ken Barnett (Brother Firefighter) on: Feb 07, 2015

  • Dear Real, Karen, Justin, Alexandra, Danelle, Bart, Michelle, Peggy and extended family: Bart was a unique personality. We have known him since prior to Real and Karen's wedding. He seemed to always be on the ball and it was always interesting to converse with him. We have the faith that he is in a better place now. Having said that, he will be missed. His legacy lives on in those he loved and those who loved him. Real and Karen, you guys were great in that you often had him over on Sundays for supper. This by any means was not easy but you always found a way to make it work. That was quite inspirational for us and surely a legacy to leave your children. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Gilbert & Lorraine Cloutier (In laws to Karen) on: Feb 05, 2015

  • I only found out a few days ago of the passing of your dad. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am currently visiting in Ontario and would have wanted to be at the funeral. Many old memories of your dad when I was a young teenager and Peggy's best friend. Your dad was very athletic when I first met the family. He would often take us to the gym, and we would work out together and then go for a swim. I always thought he was the "coolest dad" ever. He was a very funny man, "the boss" - Posted by: Barb Kostenuk (Friend of Peggy and family) on: Feb 05, 2015

  • Of course most of the "older officers" fondly remember your dad. But I tell the younger crowd including my son who recently joined the ranks that Capt. Palmer was the only superior officer I ever met that often called me BOSS! He was well liked and respected. - Posted by: Kevin Phelps (Fellow brother fighter) on: Feb 04, 2015

  • To Bart and Family, sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Mary Dudek, Val and Wayne Smith. - Posted by: Mary Dudek and Valerie & Wayne Smith (Friends) on: Feb 03, 2015

  • My condolences to Karen, Peggy, Bart and families on your loss. - Posted by: susan minter noga (backlane friend) on: Feb 01, 2015

  • To Bart and family. I'm so sorry to hear of your dad passing. I remember a lot of good times and your house and Winnipeg beach. He was a lot of fun and always treated me like family. My sincere condolences - Posted by: Peter Constable (Friend) on: Feb 01, 2015

  • What an awesome man, Bruce aka. mr. Income tax. His uncanny quick wit. Smart man, his math abilities, good nature. He had me laughing so hard at times I was in tears. Always made my day when I was in his presence. My condolences to the family. I would love to see his art work. Maybe post on Facebook bart! Lol cal thorsteinson. - Posted by: Cal thorsteinson (Friend) on: Jan 31, 2015

  • Way back in the 50's, at DMCI, Bruce was that good looking, shy guy, who lived for football. Good memories from so long ago. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Judith Hodgson (Moore) (Friends at DMCI) on: Jan 31, 2015

  • to karen,peggy ,bart and family so sorry to hear of bruce's passing and sorry that we are out of town and will not be there to share your sorrow. Our thoughts are with you all. Love Wayne, Karen & Christy - Posted by: wayne and karen evans (friend and fellow firefighter) on: Jan 31, 2015

  • To Bart and family; truly sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad did my income tax, as yourself later on. I'm Jerome Timmerman's mom, had been living in NB and now moved back to MB. Your dad's humor was uncomparable! We will all miss him. - Posted by: Elsie LeBlanc (friend) on: Jan 31, 2015

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