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CHARLES BRUCE MCLEAN
Born: Jul 14, 1934
Date of Passing: Mar 07, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
McLEAN: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Bruce McLean at the age of 87 years. He passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, March 7, 2022 with family at his side. Bruce was born on July 14, 1934. He is predeceased by daughter-in-law Cathy McLean, brothers Bill (Mary) and Harry (Joan), and numerous nieces and nephews. Bruce is survived by his loving wife and partner of 63 years, Donelda (nee Louttit). He will be lovingly remembered by sons Kelly (Cathy, deceased) of Birch Hills, SK and their children Kaitlyn, Braden and Jennifer; Kevin (Bev) of Brandon and their children Sydney and Josey; and Kory (Carmen) of Brandon and their children Ella, Lily and Alek. He is also survived by sister Isabelle and numerous nieces and nephews. Bruce began his career as a firefighter with the Army Fire Service in Churchill, MB shortly after marrying Donelda in August 1958. He returned to Brandon when his first son was born and joined the Brandon Police Service in 1961. After a brief return to the Army Fire Service in Shilo, Bruce rejoined the BPS and served as a constable until his retirement in 1994. Bruce was the kind of police officer that can't be taught in training the compassion and empathy he showed to everyone earned him great respect amongst his colleagues and of the people of Brandon. Bruce was an avid volunteer at the CATP Museum and was a founding member of the Brandon Police Combat Club. After his retirement, Bruce took on another career when he started working for son Kory's Mad Dog Ice Cream. Working out of the driveway at their home in Forrest, Bruce was a familiar and welcoming face in the summertime. Bruce was well known for his sense of humour. He always had a joke ready, followed by a big contagious laugh. Bruce thrived amongst people. Known as "C.B." to his work colleagues, he made friendships that lasted a lifetime. The most important people to him were his family. Bruce was a dedicated husband to Donelda, and their three sons were his greatest pride and joy. Perhaps the only people who won Bruce's heart even more were his eight grandchildren; they were truly the apple of his eye. He leaves behind a legacy of love and friendship that lives on in those he held dear. The family of Bruce would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and care aides at the hospital, especially in the Palliative Care Unit, for the exceptional care that Bruce received in the final days of his life. The Celebration of Bruce's Life was held at the Victoria Inn on Friday, March 11, 2022. The Honour Guard was provided by the Brandon Police Service. Interment followed at Elgin Cemetery. Thank you to Barb Jardine for the touching service, and to his long-time friend Stan McMillan for his heartfelt eulogy to honour Bruce's life. Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to Forrest United Church, Box 48, Forrest, MB R0K 0W0, Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or a charity of your choice.
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Publish Date: Mar 19, 2022
McLEAN: Charles Bruce, age 87 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, March 7, 2022. Bruce will be lovingly remembered by his wife Donelda and sons Kelly, Kevin (Bev) and Kory (Carmen). The Celebration of Bruce's Life will take place at the Victoria Inn Grand Salon, 3550 Victoria Avenue, Brandon on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Elgin Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to Forrest United Church, Box 48, Forrest, MB R0K 0W0, Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or a charity of your choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
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Publish Date: Mar 10, 2022
As published in Brandon Sun on Mar 10, 2022, Mar 19, 2022
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
I knew Bruce when I was just a young guy getting into mischief in Brandon. Bruce was one of the nicest guys I ever met. He was friendly, helpful, and always there when you needed him for anything. We had many laughs together and he will be definitely missed by all who knew him. RIP Bruce!!! - Posted by: Greg Sutherland (Friend) on: Apr 05, 2022
Sending my condolences to Donelda and all family at this difficult time. When I worked at the Brandon Court House many years ago, I got to know Bruce when he was the court officer. Bruce made every court day brighter -- for everyone! - Posted by: Colleen Olafson (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2022
I worked at BPS with Bruce. It was always a pleasure, hearing his stories and his laughter throughout the building. To the family, I am sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories. - Posted by: Evelyn zeffer (was Sherman) (Co-worker from Brandon Police Service) on: Mar 14, 2022
So sorry to hear about the loss of Bruce. - Posted by: Linda Maliteare (freind) on: Mar 11, 2022
Our deepest sympathies. Bruce was a wonderful person. There was never a dull moment around Bruce. We will remember him with fond memories. Colleen and Denis - Posted by: Colleen and Denis Pooley (Friends) on: Mar 11, 2022
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