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Obituary for Bruce Whaley

Bruce Ernest Whaley (BES)
Was taken from us suddenly and tragically in a car accident on Sunday September 28, 2014, at the age of 56 years. Bruce was born on September 20, 2021 to the late Raymond and Margaret (nee Honsberger) and son to the late Muriel (Keeling Boe). He was a devoted and beloved husband and best friend to Susie (nee Kash) for 26 years. Bruce was a proud and dedicated father to Hannah (23) and Adam (21). Brother to Linda (Gary Steele), Susan (John Sherwood), Carol (Musa Kalaora) (Neal Young), Janice (Peter Feanny). Brother -in-law to Paula (Peter Berton), Gina (Paul Dineen), Daniel (Hayley Tyson), Linda (Michael Riley) (Paul O’Sullivan). Playful and loving uncle to 29 nieces and nephews. Great-uncle to 2 Great-nieces. Godfather to Samantha and Charlotte Halahan. Wonderful, kind friend to so many. Bruce began his life 2 months premature weighing just 3 lbs. Once his father saw him trying to kick his way out of the incubator, he knew Bruce was a fighter and would survive. At 15 months his Mother, Margaret, died after battling long and hard with ileitis and colitis. In September 1961, Ray married Muriel, also widowed, and Bruce suddenly had 3 older sisters. Two years later, he became a big brother to baby Janice. He attended Page Avenue P.S. where he met at age 6 his lifelong friend and our best man, Bill Halahan. He went on to Bayview Junior High and later graduated from Georges Vanier High School. Part of his summers took him away to Mount Hope on his grandparent’s farm. He treasured his time there working beside his Uncle Murray, Grandma and Grandpa with the cows and hay. He also spent time at the family cottage in Muskoka. His love of nature and especially water was forever. As a teen he fought forest fires as a Junior Ranger and sailed on the tall ship Pathfinder. After graduating from University of Waterloo in 1981, he continued exploring. He got his pilot’s license at Hamilton Airport while staying across the road at the farm. His career took many turns, until he settled into Orthotics where working with his hands and the joy he got from people created just the right balance. At 25, he met Susie (19), while working at the Creative Child Toy Store in Toronto. Amazingly, the family cottages were across Lake Muskoka within sight of each other. From then on, they were an inseparable team. For 30 years, 26 of them as man and wife, they enjoyed so much. This summer marked 25 years at their own piece of heaven on Black Lake. He loved history, new places, long walks, food, opera, film, theatre, art, bargain hunting, music of all kinds, saunas, people, playing, animals, his daily crossword (or two), parades, rides, hot sauce, holidays, traditions, seashells, the sun and especially family. Bruce was also a wonderful, sensitive writer. For those of us lucky enough to receive his written words, you know how treasured they are. With the birth of their children, Hannah and Adam, his playful personality bloomed. He encouraged all that they did and was fiercely proud of how strong, independent, and talented they have become. Our lives are profoundly and forever changed from being touched by him. There was still so much to see, do, and share together. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. It would put a smile on his face if you would take a walk with those you love, work in your garden and feel the sun on your face. We will love you and miss you forever Bruce. Memorial service Sunday October 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM at R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St). We will have an informal Shiva at our home Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00 PM- 8:00 PM.

“I’m so glad we did what we did, when we did it.”
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