(Irvin) Bruce Allen
January 12, 1947 – January 18, 2013
It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Allen announces he passed away peacefully at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on January 18th at the age of 66. Bruce is survived by his children, Melanie (Chris) and Steven, as well as their mother Joan, who remained Bruce’s close and treasured friend. Bruce will also be missed by his brother, Stan (Marilyn), sister-in-law Marney, in-laws Frank (Kathy) and Mary (Liam), and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Bert and Bertha, and siblings, Gerry and Mona.
Born in Enderby, Bruce moved to Vernon in 1958. The varied opportunities afforded in this environment fulfilled Bruce’s diverse interests, and so, after graduating from Vernon Secondary School he remained and built a life here.
Bruce’s entire career was spent working as an accountant. He had an incredible work ethic, and was rewarded greatly through the loyalty of his clients, many of whom remained with him until the end.
Throughout his youth and adult life, Bruce enjoyed organized sports. He loved both the athletic and social components of team sports such as hockey, baseball, flag football, bowling and golf. He made many lasting friendships and had many happy memories of his adventures in sports.
Bruce’s most treasured past-times involved working with his hands. He devoted many hours to labours of love – renovating his homes and building structures for his children such as ramps, ice rinks and doll houses. Outdoors, Bruce was rarely seen without a construction or gardening tool. His gardens were his most prized possessions; he planted and tended to them with such care, and was enormously proud to tour friends and family through the rows, pointing out how well his fruits and vegetables were growing.
Nowhere was Bruce more content than at his cabin on Okanagan Lake where all of his favourite things came together. Out at the cabin he could build, garden, play games, swim, socialize, and sit by a campfire into the night. Surrounded by his beloved pets, family, and lifelong friends, Bruce cherished his time on the lake above all else.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Tea Room at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home in Vernon BC.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to ISMRD, a non-profit organization that advocates for individuals affected by the same family of disorders as Bruce’s son, Steven. Information about how to make a donation can be found at: http://www.ismrd.org/help_us/make_a_donation
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME
Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com