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Born: May 12, 1942

Date of Passing: May 12, 2020

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May 12, 1942 – May 12, 2020

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, gigi and uncle.
Left to cherish his memory, are his wife of 50 years, Eleanor; sons, Ken (Nicole), Chris (Kim), Craig (Brandeis); grandsons, Evan, Braiden (Hannah), Zak, Trey, Kruz and Russell; sister Betty Churko and many nieces and nephews.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Edna and brothers, Al, Doug, Ray and Jerry.
Although Bruce never played any sports growing up, you would always find him at Kelvin Community Centre, supporting his older brothers playing lacrosse. It was during his younger years, that he was given the nickname "Meatball" which he was known by throughout his life.
On July 19, 1969, he married Eleanor and settled in East Kildonan, where they continued to live and raise their three sons. As a father, he was heavily involved with his sons' sports and juggling all their activities. He later became his grandson's number one fan at their sporting events. Bruce worked for the Winnipeg Free Press for 35 years, where he drove long distances outside of Winnipeg to deliver papers. He took great pride in his job and even though long retired, he spoke highly about his time at the Free Press just days before his passing. He will forever be remembered for his meticulous attention to detail and strong work ethic, which he instilled in his three boys. Bruce was not one to stay still and always had a never ending "to do list." There were many fond memories and friendships developed during the summer months at the Oasis Campground and later in the Grand Beach area, when he built a family cottage in Lakeshore Heights. He enjoyed fishing and puttering in the yard at home and the lake.
Many thanks to the medical staff in Unit #4 - 5th Floor at The Seven Oaks Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.
Cremation has taken place at Korban Funeral Chapel and the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation.

Words of Condolence may be left at

Rest in peace our beloved "Meatball."

Korban Funeral Chapel
(204) 956-2193

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • My most sincere condolences to Eleanor, Ken, Chris and Craig, I have many fond memories of the Smallwood family house. Bruce was always larger than life and he will be missed. Michael Daniels - Posted by: Michael (Friend) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • When I heard the news of Bruce's passing a lot of good memories came to mind. I know he will be having a great reunion with some special friends. Tammy and I offer our condolences to the entire family. This is a huge loss to you all. - Posted by: Neil Sawatzky (Family friend) on: Jun 02, 2020

  • We are so sad to hear of Bruce‚Äôs passing. Sending our sincere prayers and thoughts to Eleanor and family. Bruce was a wonderful friend at the beach and will be greatly missed. Roger and Audrey - Posted by: Audrey and Roger Batchelor (Friends) on: May 19, 2020

  • Bruce and I were close friends through our teenage and early 20s . We hung out at B&E on Kelvin Street. His passion in those days was fishing with Reg Ferrar most weekends during the the summer. We enjoyed a lot of parties and hanging out at Bryan Korol's house. When my job required me to move to Ontario and later to Vancouver we lost touch.It was ironic that Darlene and myself were just looking at some old pics with Bruce and Eleanor at a nightclub in Winnipeg in the early 60s. Our hearts go out to Eleanor and the Family. He has gone home to a better place. With our love-Jim & Darlene Scarsbrook - Posted by: Jim Scarsbrook (Longtime Friend) on: May 16, 2020

  • Bruce was a good friend of my brother Jim Scarsbrook in their younger days and always had something going on then. I remember parties at our house on Chelsea attended by Bruce, Hodge, Neil Donald, Ricky Zubricki, Mike and many notable others in their teenage years. You could tell they were having a good time by the loud music. I remember Bruce from our days in Elmwood and the good times I had with his brother Jerry. I used to run into Bruce at Woolco and it was always so good to see him. My parents were very fond of Bruce as a kid and adult. They might have run into Bruce and Eleanor at Lakeshore Heights. Bruce did a lot of volunteering at Melrose Park Community Club I believe and always was a driving force there to get things done. He's one of those individuals in life that you never forget. We'll miss you Bruce. - Posted by: Brian Scarsbrook (friend) on: May 16, 2020

  • I have fond memories of Bruce from the Oasis Campground. My sincere condolences to Bruce's family from Sue and I. - Posted by: Larry Desaulniers (Friend) on: May 16, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Eleanor and sons. - Posted by: Judy Shkolny (Friend) on: May 16, 2020

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