Bruce Cecil Cantalope
April 8, 1944 – March 17, 2007
It is with great sorrow we announce that Bruce, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the Vernon Hospice House, March 17, 2007 with his family at his side. Survived by his loving wife of 44 years Lois (nee Smale); his daughter Darys Tinling (Ed); sons Blaine (Shirley) and Wade (Julia); six grandchildren; Bobby-Dawn Saunders, Lance Saunders, Chelsa Luedee, Sean Cantalope, Braden and Andrew Cantalope. Two sisters; Joan Nelson and Annette Cantalope (Alan). Predeceased by parents Howard and Olga. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.
Bruce was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 8th, 1944 and was raised on the family farm in Edenwold. He moved in the fall of 1958 to Regina, to complete his high school education at Luther College. He also studied business administration at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus for one year. In 1959 Bruce started working part-time at Goodyear Tire. In 1963 Bruce married Lois Smale. In 1970 he moved his family to Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1972 Bruce and his family moved to Coquitlam, B.C. During his 14 years with Goodyear Tire Bruce became the youngest Assistant Manager, the youngest Manager and the youngest District Manager for Goodyear across Canada.
In 1974 Bruce moved his family to Vernon, B.C. and joined Kal Tire. Three years later he and his family moved to Prince George as Manager of the 22nd Ave. Kal Tire Store and Zone manager for the North. During his 7 years in Prince George, Bruce became a partner in Kal Tire and the Vice President of Stores. In 1984 he moved his family back to Vernon to work out of Head Office. Bruce continued with Kal Tire until his retirement in 1999.
Since Bruce’s retirement, he enjoyed being involved in other businesses including Silver Star Carwash and Elephant Storage Centre. Bruce especially enjoyed his family, friends, golfing and traveling.
The family would like to thank all the nursing staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the kind care he received. We would also like to give our heart felt hank you to Hospice House, the nurses and especially Jocelyn, for the comfort and care given to Bruce and the family. A special thank you to Dr. Wittel, who went the extra mile or even two for Bruce. A big thank you to all our special friends for their support and prayers over the last year and a half. Without you we couldn’t have made this long journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Cremation preceded the Celebration of Bruce’s life, which will be held Wednesday, March 21st at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow in the church hall.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Bruce to the Vernon Hospice Society (new addition), 3506 – 27th Ave., Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4.
A private family inturnment will be held at the Regina Memorial Gardens. A Memorial service to be held in Regina will be announced at a later date.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 542-4333.