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William 'Bill' Bruce

William 'Bill' Bruce

Lieu de décès : Charlottetown, Ile du Prince-Édouard, Canada
Date de décès : 5 février 2015

Peacefully, on February 5th, 2015 in his 101st year, with family at his side at the Atlantic Baptist Nursing Home, Charlottetown, Flying Officer William James Bruce, WWII veteran pilot slipped the surly bonds of earth, passing the controls to God to fly with His angels in the sky Dad loved so dearly. We will watch for you in every cloud Dad.
He is survived by his children; Jim (Sheila), Bedford, NS, Patricia, Cardigan, PEI, Linda (Bryson) Brown, Lethbridge, Alta., John (Faye Drake), Stratford, PEI, and Nancy (Wade) MacPherson, St. Margarets Bay, NS. Also survived by his 6 grandchildren; James, Michelle, Nigel, Becky, Tessa and Vanessa, as well as eight, great grandchildren; Tishanna, Biaggio, Emily, Nathan, Katie Carter, Zoe and Cameron. Sadly predeceased by his wives Alma (Beck) and Joan (Taylor-Ballum), as well as his beloved grandchildren Heather Carnevale (Tony) and Kalen Brown.
He is also survived by his sisters, Frances 'Fi' Campbell (Everett, deceased), Sydney, Cape Breton and Jeannie (Jack) Thiele, North River, Cape Breton. Predeceased by his parents, Dr. James Bruce and Adelia (MacLeod) Bruce; brothers Richard, Robert and Joseph; sisters Margaret 'Peg' McConnell and Shirley Peters.
Growing up in Cape Breton, Bill’s early years were filled with adventure. Like his father, Bill was an avid sailor, racing the 'Billy Boy' at the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club. During WWII, he was a flight instructor for allied pilots and, later, was a flying instructor for civilian pilots in Sydney. As owner of Bras d’Or Airways, operating out of Sydney airport, he flew amphibious aircraft to St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sable Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, providing passenger and air cargo services, as well as hair-raising emergency flights into rural communities across Cape Breton.
No visitation, by family request, with a private committal service at a later date in the Clifton Cemetery, Bunbury, PEI.
If so desired, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the PEI Alzheimers Society.




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