Obituary for COL (RTD) THE RT REV GEORGE BRUCE

COL (RTD) THE RT REV GEORGE BRUCE
20 June 1942 – 23 March 2024

COL (RTD) THE RT REV GEORGE BRUCE (81) passed away peacefully in the early hours of March 23, 2024, after a short illness at Kingston General Hospital.

Survived by his loving wife of more than 58 years, Theodora, and his children Christopher, Andrew (Kelly), Robert and Krista (Brian), and grandchildren Cameron, Graeme, Chiara, Bella, William, Natalie and Caleb. George is predeceased by his mother Helen, his father Harold and daughter Christina.

Emigrating from England to Montreal in 1958, George finished high school in Montreal. He attended the College Militaire Royal de St Jean and the Royal Military College in Kingston. Graduating with a degree in History, George was commissioned into the Canadian Intelligence Corps as a Lieutenant. He served in Gagetown, NB, Borden, Ontario, and the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College prior to a posting to Mobile Command Headquarters in St Hubert Quebec. George served two tours as Canadian Liaison Officer to the Defence Intelligence Staff in London, UK. After returning to Canada, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the SIU. George finished his military career as Director of Defence Intelligence at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.

During the final years of his military career, he studied for ordination. In May 1987 George graduated from Montreal Diocesan Theological College, which would later grant him in 2003 an Honorary Doctorate. In 1987 George was ordained deacon and priest in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and served in parishes in Ottawa, Winchester, Chesterville and South Mountain, and Perth. In 2000 he was appointed Dean of Ontario, Rector of Kingston, and Incumbent of St Georges Cathedral in Kingston. In 2002 George was elected 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Ontario, serving in that capacity until he retired in 2011.

George was a lifelong soccer fan and coach and for many years was involved in the scouting movement.

Many thanks to the staff at Kingston General Hospital and the many friends who assisted the family during George’s illness.

A visitation will be held on Friday April 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston, Ontario. A Funeral and Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday April 6th, at 11:00 am at St Georges Cathedral, 270 King Street East, Kingston, Ontario.

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