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Bruce Elliott

Bruce Elliott

Saturday, September 20th, 1941 - Friday, September 25th, 2020
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It is with deep sadness, and disbelief, that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend, Mr. Gordon ‘Bruce’ Elliott at his home, with his loved ones by his side, on Friday, September 25, 2020 at the age of 79 years. Bruce was born on September 20, 1941 at Calgary, Alberta. He was raised along the Bow River in Cochrane, Alberta; which proved to be his source of adventure and entertainment, as a youngster. Bruce was an incredibly hard working, self-made man. His work life, as a young man, included time in the Oil Industry; which took him as far as the Arctic Ocean. While raising his family in the Bow Valley, Bruce worked as a Blaster for Steel Brothers; he owned and operated a “Honey Wagon”; a back hoe, a trucking service and a tire shop “Canmore Tire”. Bruce finished his working career caring for and investing in the safety of various highways. He started working for Alberta Transportation in Strathmore, Alberta and transferred to Canmore; where he worked for Carmack and Volker Stevin. Bruce was a strong athletic man, known as “Big Iron” to many. He was an amazing hockey player and fast ball player. He loved to hunt, fish and had a love for the sport of Rodeo. His summers included mentoring and hauling steer riders across many provinces, and working for the Calgary Stampede, for over a decade. In his retirement, Bruce focused on time with his family, built knives, built bird houses, rode his motorcycle and hauled manure!! He said hauling manure was the best job he ever had. “He spread the sh-- and got paid for it!!” Bruce was passionate about life and made friends wherever he went. He enjoyed talking to people and telling a good joke. His family extended beyond the walls of his home. He shared a lifetime of memories and stories that will never grow old.

“The world is a quieter place with him gone”
“Dad, Thank you for being a dedicated and caring father, growing and learning together until the end. We will be forever grateful for your investment in us.”

Bruce will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his wife of fifty-four years, Marietta; his son, Shane (Cindy); his daughter, Bobbie (friend, Jamie); his two beautifully hearted grandchildren, Joss and Bailey. He will also be sadly missed by his brother, Jack (Amy); as well as numerous family members and dear friends. Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Norm and Bessie; his sisters, Norma, Marj and Dixie and a brother, Ken. A Memorial Service will be held outside at the Benalto Rodeo Grounds, Benalto, Alberta on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Please bring lawn chairs. A Luncheon will follow the service and camping is available for a small fee. Cremation entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, Memorial Donations in Bruce’s honor may be made directly to the Sundre Hospital Futures at www.sundrehospitalfutures.com or by mail at Sundre Hospital Futures, Bag 3, 709 - 1 Street NE, Sundre, Alberta, T0M 1X0. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Doctors and Staff at the Sundre Hospital for their kindness and compassionate care that guided his way home. The care he received there during the last part of his life was phenomenal. Also, thank you to the Eckville and Sylvan Lake Ambulance crews for your kindness and support. We are forever grateful. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 5014 – 50 Street, Eckville, Alberta. 403.746.2024 or 1.800.481.7421.
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Service Details

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    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Benalto Rodeo Grounds
    Address
    BENALTO, AB
    Notes
    Please bring lawn chairs. Memorial Service will be outside.

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Posted at 04:40pm
With deepest sympathy, Bruce's colleagues from Volker Stevin offer our warmest condolences.

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Jeff King

Posted at 03:30am
I would like to share some thoughts that I have about my Uncle. It’s funny that I even say Uncle because in my mind and many others he was so much more. I lost my grandfather at 4 and my other grandfather later in life but didn’t have the relationship that most would have had. So, in reflection with many aunts and uncles they filled that void for me. But I can honestly say that my Uncle Bruce was someone that helped me too have a Grandfather figure in my life. After all who wouldn’t want someone that lit up a room, stories forever, ride bulls, milk cows, drive a caddy, shoot guns, make knives etc... In my eyes he was more than an Uncle, for me he was my friend, my teacher in a lot of lessons but most of all a Granpa I never had. So much in common but different. My past with him will be remembered but my future with him will be told. Told to my children, friends and coworkers. Not to compete, not for anything specific but more as a new this guy once....
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Kim Mark

Posted at 12:57am
It was with shock and sadness when i learned of Bruce's passing. I got to know Bruce when i met him while walking my dogs around Eckville. Always a pleasure to stop and chat with him. He had such a huge personality that will be missed.
My sincere condolences to his wife and children.
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Morgan W. Quinn

Posted at 02:20pm
Please accept my most sincere condolences with the passing of Bruce. I first arrived in the Bow Valley in 1974 and was hired at Steel Bros. to paint the company houses. It is there I met Jack and he asked if I might be interested in working at the plant. That was my introduction to Exshaw and Canmore. While working for Steel Bros. I played fastball for the Exshaw Steels for two seasons and Bruce was the catalyst that made this team competitive. I had never played the game before and it was through his mentorship that I learned how to improve. After two years I switched over to the Crushers but always treasured the introduction to the game Bruce provided. When he started Canmore Tire, I was a regular customer and often conversed with both he and his wife. He was truly an interesting man and would always enjoy engaging with conversation. I always regarded the Elliott brothers as legends in the Bow Valley and was honoured to have met and interacted with them through the 70s and into the 80s. I still remember the stories that went around depicting their fierce zest for life. Bruce will surely be missed.

Morgan W. Quinn
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Gary Moore

Posted at 12:45pm
To Marietta and Family
My deepest condolences
When Bruce worked for me with Alberta Transportation at the Chestermere Shop, Bruce always had a story that would bring a smile to everyone around. He will be missed

Gary Moore
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