Bruce Fraser FordSeptember 24, 1936 ~ October 18, 2017 (age 81)
Dr. Bruce Fraser Ford died at his home in Sechelt on October 18, 2017 surrounded by family. Bruce is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife Jane, his daughters Susan (Shawn), Andrea (Rod) and Jocelyn, son Jeff (Jenn), grandchildren Emma, Wyatt, Amelia and Violet, and sister Beatrice (Jay). Bruce is pre-deceased by his brother, Bob Ford. Bruce was born on September 24, 1936 in Toronto, Ontario to Ellen and Herbert Ford. He grew up playing hockey and skating on Grenadier Pond. His fondest memories were of canoeing and boating at Camp Temagami as a teen. Bruce studied biology and earned his BSc in 1959 at the University of Western Ontario and graduated with his medical degree in 1963. While at Western, he joined the football team as quarterback. He met his wife Jane Alexander in St. Andrews New Brunswick in 1960. Bruce interned at Toronto Western Hospital and spent three years in country practice in Coburg, Ontario before moving out West in 1967. Bruce went into residency in internal medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, then became the Senior Medical Resident, and was Head of Emergency Services for three years. In 1972, he started his own private practice in Dundarave, West Vancouver, retiring in 1996. Much loved by many of his patients, he was approachable, genuine, earnest and caring. He listened and made time for his patients whether on regular rounds at Lions Gate Hospital or house calls in the evening and often late into the night. He was an executive on the Board of the Canadian College of Family Physicians and was a president of the BC Chapter. He and his family have fond memories of weekends at Whistler. Bruce was a talented athlete and loved canoeing, hiking, skiing and especially golf. Family vacations were spent at Lake O’Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park hiking in the mountains. Bruce’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the coastal hospice nurses and community care workers for their wonderful support.