A naval veteran of WWII, Walter Bruce Allan passed away peacefully at the Hartford Retirement Centre in Morrisburg on Saturday, August 11, 2012. He was in his 88th year.
Bruce is survived by his wife Addie, and by his children, Paula (Walter), Pattie (Ed), Susan (Geoffrey) and Steve (Liana). He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Nick, Scott (Carolyn), Karen (John), Kelly (Brian), Kevin (Ariel), Andrew (Lindsay), Graham (Stacey), Spencer (Jess), Victoria and Julia.
He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren, and by his extended family and friends.
Born in 1925, Bruce worked for 30 years with Canada Post beginning in the mail room in Winnipeg, working his way up to the position of Director in Ottawa.
His early life was dominated by his love for all sports. Bruce was an avid hockey player (Winnipeg Monarch Jrs.) and was offered a tryout with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He loved football and played for two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He also participated in track and field, where he held more than one Manitoba provincial record.
Bruce was a three-letter man in high school and continued his athletic endeavors while serving in the Canadian Navy during WWII.
The family extends special thanks to Dr. Peters, Dr. Grewal and Dr. Ingram-Crooke for their excellent care and to Kim and Sylvia, and their staff at the Hartford Retirement Centre for their remarkable care and compassion for both Bruce and Addie during Bruce’s time there.
Visitation will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road, on Thursday, August 16, from 6-8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel on Friday, August 17, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.
For those wishing, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.colefuneralservices.com.