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Bruce Friesen

Bruce Ronald Friesen

Saturday, April 9th, 1949 - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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Friesen, Bruce Ronald
April 9, 1949 - Jan 22, 2020
Passed away peacefully in hospital on January 22, 2020 with his family by his side. Bruce leaves behind his beloved wife and soulmate Joyce, brother Dennis (Faridah) Kingston, sisters Debbie (Gerry) Braun, BC, and Kathy (Greg) Hunter, AB, sister-in-laws Rose (late Alfred) Henderson, Hamilton, Pauline (late Bob) Boreland, Hamilton, Dora (Roger) Burke, Bath, Lillian Emery, Hamilton, and Betty (John) McCurdy, Dundas, brother-in-law Glendon (Ann) Smith, MB, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Son of the late Aron and Tena (Peters) of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1971 in Civil Engineer with Distinction. He began his career with Stelco, in Hamilton, going to Abu Dhabi with Cansult, working with McCormick and Rankin in Toronto, and finally going to Bolivia with Delcan. He returned to Ottawa in 1981 working with Delcan until his retirement in 2005, as Manager of Structural Engineering Dept. He left his mark, working on several Structural Engineering projects in Ottawa, including the Hunt Club Bridge, Cummins Bridge, Corkston Pedestrian Bridge and the Bytown Bridges. In 2005 Bruce & Joyce retired to Loyalist G & CC in Bath, Ontario. Special thanks to many doctors and nurses at the Kingston Cancer Center of Southeastern Ontario, and the L&A Palliative Care. Arrangements in the care of Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston Chapel, Arrangements have been postponed, A Celebration of Bruce's life will be held at a later date. For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bruce, donations may be made to Kingston Cancer Center of Southeastern Ontario and the L&A Hospital Foundation - Palliative Care. On-line condolences and donations at www.wartmanfuneralhomes.com
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    Wartman Funeral Home "Kingston Chapel"
    Address
    980 Collins Bay Rd
    KINGSTON, ON K7M 5H2
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    Location
    Wartman Funeral Home "Kingston Chapel"
    Address
    980 Collins Bay Rd
    KINGSTON, ON K7M 5H2
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Amy Didrikson

Posted at 09:37am
My heartfelt condolences to you, Joyce, and Bruce’s family. I was very sorry to hear the news of Bruce’s passing. It was always a treat to visit with you and Bruce as kids, and I will always remember Bruce as a smiling, joyful person, who could easily tap into his silly side (much to our delight). It was also really special to reconnect at my wedding. My heart goes out to you, Joyce, and I hope you’re finding comfort in good memories during this time.
GB

Gordon Baergen

Posted at 09:50am
I am very saddened by the loss of my dear cousin Bruce. My heartfelt condolences go out to Joyce and also to Dennis, Debbie and Kathy. Growing up in Wetaskiwin and in Tofield, our families lived close enough that we often visited the Friesens in their home. I also recall when the old black Studebaker showed up at our farm in Tofield. I recall Bruce being a bit shocked by some of the more risky antics that were part of life on the farm, away from the city. But, Bruce was always up for adventure and he participated enthusiastically.

I have always felt a kindred spirit in Bruce. We both pursued careers in engineering, we loved the same leisure activities ..... travel, cycling, golf, skiing, squash, etc. Although I haven't seen Bruce in several years, I can imagine that, when he was able, he will have had the same zest for life that so many of us remember him for. Again, I am very saddened that the life of this good man has been cut short. Joyce, I'm sure that you miss him terribly .... my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Love, .......... gordon
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Jeannine Arthur

Posted at 11:41am
Joyce, I’m sorry to learn of Bruce’s passing. He was a great neighbour. Jeannine Arthur
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Andrew Didrikson

Posted at 11:37am
Bruce was such a nice person and I always enjoyed getting together with him and Joyce when our parents would meet up. I'm glad we were able to reconnect again more recently after Bruce and Joyce moved to Bath. Joyce, we are so sorry for your loss.
- Andrew and Marisa
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David Kriger

Posted at 02:36pm
I am saddened to learn of Bruce's passing. Although we worked in different areas at Delcan and our work paths did not often cross, I remember Bruce as a quiet and friendly man. Please accept my sympathies on his loss.

David Kriger, Ottawa
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