DR. ROBERT CURRY BRYCE
Wing Commander (RCAF retired), BSA University of Manitoba (1955), BEd, MEd, PhD University of Alberta (1963, 68 and 70).
Pilot, scholar and administrator Bob Bryce died March 10, aged 70, after a brief illness. Spending his formative years in Saskatchewan, Bob studied in Manitoba then taught in Alberta schools, becoming a principal in 1965. Returning to university, he earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration and an outstanding reputation as a professor and graduate student supervisor. Throughout the 1970s, Bob conducted leadership workshops and professional development activities across Canada and by invitation to Australia. In 1981, Bob was seconded to serve as Interim Chief Executive Administrator for the County of Strathcona, Alberta, where he was urged to remain as County Chief Commissioner. Bob opted to return to his first love of teaching, serving as Dean of Education at the University of Regina from 1983-91. He served as chairman of the Society of Education Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC) from 1990-92 and retired from academia in 1994. Concurrent with his university studies, Bob served with distinction as an RCAF reserve officer. Earning is “wings” in 1953, Bob flew piston and jet aircraft including Harvards, T-33s and B-25 Mitchells. He resigned in 1967 as Wing Commander and Senior Administrative Officer of 418 Squadron (Edmonton). Retiring to Vernon, BC, Bob combined his administrative and aviation skills with the Pacific Group, Air Force Association of Canada. He was the group’s Immediate Past President at the time of his death. Bob also devoted many hours to Vernon’s Citizens on Patrol (COPs) program and shortly before his death, donated his homebuilt aircraft as a teaching aid for the city’s Airport Training Council. His dedication to the Canadian Air Cadet movement was recently recognized with a perpetual trophy, the Lt-Col Robert Bryce Citizenship Award. Outside of “work”, Bob enjoyed flying until 2003, curled and pursued a lifelong passion for running. At age 68, he completed a full marathon. Bob’s greatest pleasures in life were his friends and family. In 2002 he was devastated by the sudden death of his beloved wife of 46 years, Patricia. Bob was also predeceased by parents George and Margery and brothers Stan and Ralph. He is survived by his loving children: daughter Brenda Spitzer, son-in-law Gene and grandchildren Sandra and Alison of Whitecourt, Alberta; son David, daughter-in-law Charlene and grandchildren Brittany and Chantelle of Edmonton; son Richard, daughter-in-law Terri and grandchildren Reed, Patrick and Jay of Sydney, Australia. A service for Bob will be held 1pm Friday, March 19 at Connelly-McKinley’s Sherwood Park-Millwoods Chapel, 4820 Meridian St. (access off Hwy 14 South) in Edmonton (phone 680-468-4222 or www.connelly-mckinley.com). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Red Lion Air Cadet Squadron (write to 223 Red Lion sponsoring committee, Box 1171, Vernon BC V1T 6N4) would be appreciated.
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