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Born: Mar 07, 1953

Date of Passing: May 09, 2020

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March 7, 1953 - May 9, 2020

After a lengthy illness, Bruce passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital.
Bruce is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Janet Koss; sisters, Bonnie Unrau (George) and Beverly Downey; sisters-in-law, Joan Koss and Jean Petteys; nephews and nieces, Ryan (Tracy) Christopher, Alysia (Brett), Tyler (Stacey), Kyle (Kevin), Nathan (Teighlor), Zachary (Tessa), Kayla, Meghan (Jamie) and all their children. Bruce is also greatly missed by his canine couch companion, Stevie, who is lost without him.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Frances Toland; parents-in-law, John and Jennie Koss; and brother-in-law Richard Petteys.
He grew up in Weston and was a member and past president of Brooklands Weston Legion. After almost 30 years at the City of Winnipeg Property Assessment Department Bruce retired in 2001 and was then "eligible" to attend the Retiree breakfasts every second Thursday with the other old guys. He enjoyed friendships with former work buddies, the Weston gang, friends from Paradise Restaurant on Leila and our wonderful neighbours. And rarely a day went by that Bruce was not at the Sal's on Leila enjoying the company of friends he made there, including the staff.
He had a keen interest in history, sports, and current events, especially politics.
Bruce loved and had numerous dogs throughout his life including the five he and Jan shared - Zoe, Finn, Abby, Sadie and Stevie. Four were adopted from the Winnipeg Humane Society where he and Jan volunteered. Jan kept finding them and Bruce always agreed to give them a home. His sometimes - gruff exterior hid a soft and generous heart.
A special thank you from Jan to Dr. Mayba, Dr. Peretz, Dr. Mathew and the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital Renal Clinic, for everything they did for Bruce, giving us those extra years together. We almost made it to our 35th anniversary.
Love and thanks to Bev and Diane for being there for us during Bruce's last weeks. I could not have gotten through this without you.
Thank you also to the staff at the Victoria Hospital for the care and kindness given us in Bruce's final days.
Due to current circumstances with COVID 19 a small private service has been held.
If desired, donations in Bruce's name can be made to The Salvation Army.

Bruce, love you forever - Jan


Publish Date: May 16, 2020


Passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Victoria Hospital.
Full obituary will follow in Saturday, May 16 edition.


Publish Date: May 12, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 12, 2020, May 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Sincere sympathy to Bonnie and Bev and Bruce's wife Jan on the loss of their brother and husband. May you forever treasure your memories and keep him in your hearts for years. - Posted by: Janice Clarke (Former neighbor on Gallagher Avenue) on: Jun 07, 2020

  • I was extremely sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Bruce was a soft spoken gentleman with many friends that shared many a laugh together. From playing pool with Bruce at the Weston Legion to our glory days in Property Assessment, we traveled a long road together. Bruce endured hardship and was fortunate to have a loving wife at his side to comfort and console. My thoughts are with you Jan and your family. Take care. - Posted by: Ken Desrochers (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2020

  • My condolences at this difficult time. We knew each other for near a half century. Jan and Bruce enjoyed togetherness, something we all need to appreciate. May pleasant memories of time taken to enjoy friends and each other carry you through this time. - Posted by: Blaine MacKinnon (Friend) on: May 18, 2020

  • Sorry to hear about Bruce passing. Great guy he was a little older than me but I remember him from Weston community club and the legion. Condolences to the family from the Wyer family.RIP Bruce. - Posted by: Nigel Wyer (Friend from the hood) on: May 18, 2020

  • I too worked with Jan and Bruce at the Assessment department. Bruce and I worked in the same section and I always enjoyed talking to him. He would say the funniest things with a very serious look on his face. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathies to you Jan. Take care. - Posted by: Cathy Walters (Colleague) on: May 18, 2020

  • Jan I am so sorry for your loss. As a work colleague and friend I appreciated Bruce’s quick dry humour, and his knowledge which he often shared with me. Bruce was kind, good hearted and a mentor to me. I will never forget my first day as his supervisor when Bruce accompanied by Bob and Al told me they knew I didn’t have the technical knowledge for my job but that didn’t matter because I would learn over time. In the meantime they had the knowledge covered and would have my back as long as I was always honest with them and trusted they knew their stuff. I can not express enough how much that meant to me relieving my stress and giving me confidence. I continued to learn a lot about leadership as Bruce shared his honest views and advice which I greatly appreciated. Bruce will be missed and fondly remembered. My thoughts are with Jan and the family on your loss. - Posted by: Don Barr (Friend and former collegue) on: May 16, 2020

  • Please know we offer our sincere condolences to Bruce's wife, to his extended family, and, of course, to Stevie. We came to know Bruce from encounters at the counter in the Sal's on Leila. We enjoyed his company and the stories he shared. We knew of his life-long struggles with health and the most recent consequences he endured. We know he suffers no more. We will surely miss his presence. - Posted by: Carmen and Rick Dondo (Friends) on: May 16, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I knew Bruce from our Weston days growing up in the hood together, but he was a year ahead of me in school. Right out of high school I started working for the City of Winnipeg in July 1972 in the Printing and Stationary Department. As a nervous 18 year old, I was so relieved starting my first day on the job to find out that two of my coworkers were from Weston. Bruce Toland and Sam Shields showed me the ropes of working for the city in those early days. In those couple of years that followed we became quite close friends outside of work playing fastball together, hanging out and meeting up at the Canadiana hotel for a few adult beverages. Unfortunately as life would have it we kind of lost touch as Bruce moved on to a different role with the city, I moved on to policing and eventually my own business. Whenever we occasionally bumped into one another over the years however we always picked up where we left off. My thoughts are with all the family on the loss of Bruce. Truly one of the good guys of whom I have very fond memories. RIP Bruce you will be missed. - Posted by: Grant Hardman (Friend and former work colleague) on: May 16, 2020

  • I worked with Bruce at the City Assessment Department in the late 70s. Bruce and I were on Art B.'s crew. Bruce made the job fun and interesting. Both of us liked to talk about any old thing. Bruce knew a lot about life and its adventures, and was most willing to share. Jan, I am very sorry that you lost Bruce; a loss always feels too soon, doesn't it? My deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Dave Summers (colleague) on: May 16, 2020

  • Bruce was a regular guest at the Salisbury House on Leila that I manage. I have known him now for 5 years and he was just the nicest man. He was always very friendly to me and my staff and we always looked forward to his visits and also the days when he would come in with Jan. They were such a sweet couple. From myself and all the staff at Sals. We are truly saddened by Bruce’s passing. He will be missed by all of us and never forgotten - Bonnie Brandt - Posted by: Bonnie Brandt (Bruce was a regular guest at the Salisbury House ) on: May 12, 2020

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