With heavy hearts we share the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Bruce passed on Saturday January 22 nd , 2022, in his 75th year at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario.
Husband to Linda (nee Amendola) the love of his life; beloved father of Kelly Pattison (Trevor) and cherished grandfather of Bella and Ophelia; brother of Jill Richardson (Terry) and Sylvia (Phil); predeceased by his parents Cy and Dorothy.
With his infectious smile and twinkling eyes, Bruce was loved by all who knew him. He had a wide circle of friends and if he asked how you were, it was because he genuinely cared. Bruce was a highly respected teacher and mentor during his career at Seneca College. Bruce was a charismatic, creative man who loved to immerse himself in many hobbies; he was a painter, a sculptor, a carver, wood maker, wooden model boat builder and most recently a Lego Technic
enthusiast. His own artistic interests were reflected in the unique art collection that he treasured.
A lover of the world, Bruce and his family explored almost twenty countries together. Bruce was especially proud of travelling to France and following the footsteps of his Father during World War 11. He was always on the look out for new flora and fauna and so excited to teach his family, particularly his grandchildren, about new things that he experienced and learned. Bruce had a respect for Mother Nature like no other. He enjoyed being in the woods, walking with his family, friends, and dog Phoebe.
A loyal Toronto Maple Leaf fan, Bruce loved to tell the story of his attendance at the final game of the Stanley Cup finals in 1967, the last time the Leafs won the cup.
Bruce was Linda's personal chef. He was an avid cook, continuously learning and trying out new recipes and methods of cooking. He enjoyed sharing this passion with many friends and family, in particular his son-in-law, Trevor. Bruce was his grandkids biggest supporter. He was a walking encyclopedia for Bella and available sometimes at 3:00am just for a chat. If she had an interest, he learned about it. His role as "Cheer Gramps" excited him to no end. His pep talks are irreplaceable. Ophelia, his youngest granddaughter's sense of humor and sauciness brought him to laughter each time he saw her.
Bruce was Linda and Kelly's hero. He was their mentor, their teacher, their craftsman, their protector, and their friend. Always supportive, always encouraging, always listening, always challenging, and always loving.
As per his wishes cremation has taken place.
A "Celebration of Bruce's Life" will take place in Cambridge, Ontario on February 20, 2022. Details will be posted on Facebook.
In lieu of flowers, donations to:
Durham Hospice Clarington, 1615 Dundas St. East, Lang Tower West, Suite #304, Whitby Ontario L1N 2L1 www.durhamregionhospice.ca (CLARINGTON) would be greatly appreciated.
Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com or 519-772-1237. Please visit Bruce's obituary notice on Facebook.