With great sadness we announce the passing of Bruce Jeffers on October 28, 2015.
Bruce was born in Medicine Hat, AB in 1935 and spent his early years on the family farm near Gleichen. With World War II winding down his father ended his military career and moved the family to Vernon. Bruce arrived at the Vernon train station on a beautiful April spring day and began his new life on a farm in White Valley. The Jeffers farm encompassed the heart of present day Lavington where Bruce enjoyed an idyllic rural life in a close-knit community where he made life-long friends and even found his future young bride Wanda.
With a new planer mill leasing land on some of the Jeffers farm, Bruce, having experience working in the woods high above Lavington and now starting a young family, shifted from the seasonal survey crew on the Trans-Canada Highway and began an almost 40 year sawmilling career where, especially in the early days, he enjoyed filling all roles required to run the operation. Throughout these years he maintained his passion for hockey and curling and was especially proud to be one of the original Lavington volunteer firefighters when the department was formed in 1973.
Although Bruce was happiest at home with family and socializing with friends, he enjoyed many trips including a recent venture to Australia to visit his daughter and walk his grand-daughter down the aisle for her wedding.
Bruce leaves behind his beloved wife and constant companion of 59 years, Wanda; brother Ken of Vernon; daughter Terry (Keith) of Brisbane, Australia; son Doug (Sandra) of Calgary, AB.; granddaughters Meghann of Surrey, BC and Kelsey (Mick) of Brisbane, Australia; along with extended family throughout Vernon and the Lower Mainland. Bruce also leaves behind a family of special friends that, over the years, became part of his own family.
A quiet, reserved man; Bruce was always young at heart with a twinkle in his eye who touched the hearts of most who met him and will be greatly missed by all … especially those who required his self-taught wide-ranging handyman skills!
Although the illness was brief, the family is extremely grateful to the caring staff of Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Hospice House.
At Bruce’s request there will be no service.