With his family by his side, Bruce ‘Gussy’ Stitt, a lifetime resident of Morrisburg, passed away at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2011, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 83.
Bruce was born in Morrisburg, on May 23, 1928, to his parents Douglas and Hilda Stitt (nee Smith). As youngsters, he and his brothers Wes and Glenn ‘Beanie’ were very skilled hockey players, and they played on several hockey teams in the area.
In addition to hockey, Bruce was an avid member of the Morrisburg Curling Club and the Royal Canadian Legion.
During his lifetime, Bruce was employed with the Seaway Authority, Brown’s Foundry, and held various janitorial positions. He was also employed in the construction of the Morrisburg Arena.
Bruce retired from his working years with the Corporation of Morrisburg.
Gussy, as he was known to many, was a die-hard Montreal Canadiens fan and very proud of the village that he lived and grew up in. Even when he wasn’t working, you could catch him back on the mall picking up garbage and cleaning off the main mall.
Bruce was a friend to everyone who knew him and always on the ready to lend a hand with any project that might occur.
On January 6, 1951, he married Betty Ruth Wallace and together they had three children, Larry, Marilyn and Rosemary.
Bruce is survived by his children Larry (Brenda), Marilyn Hummel and Rosey Stitt all of Morrisburg.
He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Shawn (Kelly) Hummel, Crystal (Craig) Belanger, Robbie Stitt, Sarah (Daniel) Couto and David Patterson, by his great-grandchildren Morgan, Mason, Reagan, Nolan, Emma and Lyla, and his brother Wesley (Janet) Stitt of Canton, New York. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Bruce was predeceased by his wife Ruth and brother Glenn ‘Beanie’.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 10th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating. Cremation followed.
Pallbearers were Allan Bell, Bo Gale, Lee Kelly, Ron Lapier, Ron Hodgson and Lynden Casselman.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Canadian Cancer Society or CHEO would be appreciated by the family.