In Memory of Maurice Francis Bruce II
With heavy hearts we announce that Maurice Francis Bruce II passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side, on June 1, 2023.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Ralph), daughter Noelle (Marc Poliquin), son Maurice III (Amanda Bruce), and cherished grandchildren Charlotte, Luke, Madeleine, Mirabelle, Bennett and Arabella. Also left to mourn are his siblings, Debbie (John Carew), Craig, and Margot (Robert Nash), brothers and sisters in law John and Susan Ralph and Simone and Stein Snarby, loving nieces and nephews, lifelong friend Joy Budden, and the many friends he made over his lifetime.
Predeceased by his parents, Maurice and Margot (Pike), parents-in-law John and Helen Ralph, and his dear friend Phil Budden.
Born and raised in St John’s Newfoundland, he left the island to follow a successful career path with Canada Post, ultimately choosing to settle in Ottawa, Ontario where he obtained his MBA from the University of Ottawa. Naturally curious, he loved to travel, and saw much of the world with his family in tow. In his retirement years he built many fond memories taking boat trips with his friend Phil, as well as many vacations to sunny destinations with his wife Mary. He was known as an excellent cook and treasured all of the family meals, holidays, and special events, whether he was the gracious host or a grateful guest. Quick to laugh and quicker of wit, his sense of humour will be sorely missed.
The family is grateful for all of the wonderful doctors, nurses, and support staff that assisted in his care, with special thanks to his doctors Reena Goindi, Garth Nicholas, Ghislain Doiron, Martin Rioux, Daniel Vincent, Richard Plantive, and Bayshore nurses Shari Anderson and Sophie Olivier.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.
Fond of the water, he found meaning in a nautical blessing used both in farewells and to mark the beginning of new journeys, wishing its recipients a safe passage and good fortune. So we wish now for him, and for those left to mourn him, “Fair Winds and Following Seas”.