1926 ~ BRUCE, William (Bill) ~ 2019
William (Bill) Bruce of Medicine Hat, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the age of 93 years, beloved husband of the late Iris Bruce (nee Robinson). He will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Jennifer (Malcolm) Sissons of Medicine Hat and Pauline (Robert) Sweeney of Sherwood Park; six grandchildren, Lisanne (Dale) Beard, Robert (Yvonne) Sissons, Gillian Sissons (Gordon Redden), Michael Sweeney (Julie Postle), David Sweeney, and Patrick Sweeney; ten great grandchildren: Amelia, Isla and Julia Beard; Nya, Foster and Archer Sissons; Claire and Zoey Redden; Aria and William Sweeney. He will be lovingly remembered by his brother David Bruce and many relatives in Northern Ireland. Bill was born February 16, 1926, at Sandholes, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. After attending The Royal School, Dungannon, he graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast and began his career as an aeronautical engineer at Short Brothers. On March 23, 1960, Bill emmigrated to Canada with his wife, Iris, and two young daughters. He worked first for Canadair in Montreal and then Northwest Industries in Edmonton. The last 17 years of his career were spent working for Transport Canada, Western Region (Engineering and Air Worthiness). After retirement, Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling with Iris and pursuing his photography and genealogy hobbies. In 2016, Bill moved to Meadow Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat. The family would like to thank the staff of Elkwater Cottage for the excellent care and attention Bill received. Respecting Bill’s wishes, there will be a private family celebration of his life in Edmonton. If friends so wish, a memorial donation may be made to the Alberta Aviation Museum (albertaaviationmuseum.com) or to a charity of one’s choice.
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