On the evening of May 29, 2018, Bruce passed away peacefully surrounded by family
after a brief stay at Sechelt Hospital. He was 88 years old.
Bruce was born in Avonport, Nova Scotia on May 15, 1930. He was the third child of
Leverette and Kathleen Carey. Bruce is survived by his wife of 69 years, Grace, and their four
children; Esther, Peter (Heather), Gloria (Tom) and Steven (Debbi), eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother Arthur (Marge) in Nova Scotia.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Barbara (Dexter) and brothers, Ronald, Malcolm and Carl.
After leaving school at an early age he worked in several pulp mills, settling at Howe Sound
Pulp in Port Mellon where he received his millwright's ticket. He worked there for 38 years and
always said it was a "good place to work" employing three generations of Careys.
In 1957, Grace and Bruce bought their five acre property on North Road in Gibsons, BC.
where he lived up until his death. Over the years, they had a mini-farm with a couple of cows,
pigs and chickens. They spent years clearing the land together, cutting the trees for firewood, and
tilling the ground for their huge gardens. Always being generous, Bruce took great pleasure in
sharing what he had grown.
Bruce had many outdoor activities that he shared with Grace. They spent countless weekends fishing and camping in their truck and camper. There were the annual hunting trips as
Bruce welcomed everyone into their home and enjoyed listening to family, friends and
close neighbours talking about their lives. He valued honesty and hard work in others; traits he
possessed himself. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time and vacations with
them. Seeing his great-grandchildren always brought a sparkle to his eyes and a huge smile to
his face as he headed to the cookie jar.
Special thanks to Dr. Swab and the staff at Sechelt Hospital for their excellent care and
compassion shown towards the family during this difficult time. Donations may be made to
Hopkins Hospital Auxillary. At his request, there will not be a service.
Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary
Hopkins Branch, PO Box 917, Sechelt BC VON 3A0