Bruce?Gellatly,?84, died?peacefully?in Courtenay,?British Columbia on February 2, 2016, surrounded by?family.?Bruce joins?Audrey,?his wife of 60 years, who passed away in 2014. He is survived by his children Barb, Mary and Sean Gellatly, Anne Armstrong; eight grandchildren; and, three great-grandchildren.
Bruce contributed significantly to Canada’s university community. Bruce helped build the University of Waterloo from the ground up. Working from its inception in 1957 to 1983, Bruce provided financial management that enabled the university to pursue its vision and establish its reputation. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1984 in recognition of his achievements.
Bruce joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) as Vice-President Administration and Finance in 1983. In a period of financial restraint, Bruce helped lead UBC from a provincial institution to a leading national research university.
Bruce contributed to the community in many other ways. He was active in the Anglican Church, was Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir and Chair of the Richmond Hospital Foundation.
Bruce’s devotion to serving the community was met only by his dedication to his family. Since retiring in 1996, Bruce provided unparalleled care and commitment to his ill wife Audrey.
Bruce was also a sportsman; joining the Old Timers Hockey league on trips to Europe and Japan in winter and working on his golf handicap in the summer.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 9 at 2 p.m. at Comox Valley Funeral Home, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay, British Columbia. Flowers gratefully declined. A donation may be made to a charity of your choice.