June 11, 2021
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It is with great sorrow that we announce the extremely sudden passing of our patriarch Bruce Stuart, a loving husband, father, brother, son and Boppa on June 11, 2021 at 60 years of age.
Bruce was the glue that held our family together. He treated everyone who crossed his path with a sense of gentleness and kindness, all while possessing a truly unmatched strength that carried him through all seasons of his life, coupled with a contagious laughter that could make anyone smile.
Son of the late Ron and Clara Stuart (nee MacKenzie), Bruce was born in Ottawa on September 11 1960 and lived here his whole life. He leaves behind his loving wife of 31 years Anita (nee Fauteux), his adoring children Kaitlin (Josh Hambleton) and Russell, step grandson Hudson and the absolute apple of his eye, his first grandchild Mackenzie, whom at 6 months old, already had her Boppa wrapped around her little finger. He leaves behind brothers David (Sam) and John (Lindsay), sisters-in-law Liz Fauteux and Yvette (Ken Gray) as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bruce retired from the Federal Government in 2018 after a 34 year career, having worked at Industry Canada, spending the majority of his career climbing the ranks to Director General of Public Affairs at Natural Resources Canada, and ending his career as Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs with Health Canada. More recently he stepped into the consulting world and was currently on a project with CNSC. Colleagues described him as a wonderful boss and a true leader.
Bruce loved his wife, Anita, fiercely. Their marriage was a testament to true love. They married in 1990 and raised Kaitlin and Russell in a loving home. Together they shared a passion for baseball, bringing them to Dunedin every year, where they watched the Blue Jays spring training and formed irreplaceable memories. Bruce was an ever-present father, a best friend and confidante, coaching Russell’s baseball and hockey teams for many years for the South Ottawa Little League and Minor Hockey association. He passed on his passion for writing and the Boston Bruins to his daughter Kaitlin, who claimed her father as her hero. Bruce never missed an opportunity to watch a game, go to Starbucks, or for a drive to Constance Bay with his family, where some of their best conversations took place.
Bruce fought his demons with courage, honesty and strength and died with 19 years of sobriety. He was a hero to his family. His loss has left a wound that will never heal.
“I’ll always love you, wherever you go. And though we are parted, I want you to know that if things go wrong, dear, and fate is unkind. Look over your shoulder, I’m walking behind.”
In memory of Bruce, treat yourself to a chocolate milkshake. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, donations to the Humane Society of Ottawa are appreciated.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Daley Family Funeral Home, 6971 Bank St. on Friday June 18 from 1-8 pm. Due to covid-19 restrictions, visitors are to be preregistered. Please contact the funeral home between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule your time. We respectfully request that attendees wear a mask and that 6 feet of social distancing measures be observed inside and outside of the funeral home. A limited number of people are permitted in the funeral home, line ups are not permitted. A funeral service will be streamed on the funeral home facebook page at 11 am Saturday June 19.
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June 11 2021
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Bruce Stuart June 11 2021..
Décès pour la Ville:Metcalfe, Province: Ontario