Hubert Bruce White

Hubert Bruce White

Bruce White passed away peacefully at his home on February 26th 2014, shortly after his 98th birthday. His daughter Lorna and dear friend Rose were with him.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth (nee) Ward, sister Marion Frame (Harry), brother Kenneth, brother Lloyd White (Flo), brother in law Arthur Annand, sister in law Ruth Ward, and nephew Neil Frame. He is survived by daughter Lorna White (John Ellis), sister Betty Annand, brother in law George Ward, and many nieces, nephews and good friends.

He was born in Calgary and came to the West Coast as a child, grew up in Vancouver, and served a Machinist apprenticeship at Easthope Brothers Steveston Shop, building marine motors. He moved to Powell River with his new wife, Elizabeth in 1942 to work as a machinist in the pulp mill. In 1950 he built White Bros. Machine Shop in Courtenay and started his own business with his brother Lloyd. They ran the shop until 1976 when it was sold, whereupon he continued machining out of his shop at home until he was almost 98.

During his “retirement”, he rebuilt 2 vintage cars, a 1919 Model T Ford and a 1931 Model A Ford. He was an active member of the Vintage Car Club and one of his greatest joys in life was driving, which he did until he was 96. Bruce’s family would like to thank Dr. Reggler, Dr. Blacklock, the Pharmasists at Shoppers in Courtenay, the kind and very capable homecare workers and nurses, the Tuka family, and all his friends who faithfully supported and visited him in his last years. Most especially we would like to thank Rose Taylor, who cared so well for him.

He never looked for praises

Was never one to boast

Just went on quietly working

For those he loved the most.

His dreams were seldom spoken

His wants were very few

And generally his worries

All went unspoken too.

He was a firm foundation

Through all our storms of life

A steady hand to hold to

In times of stress and strife.

A true friend we could turn to

When nuts and bolts shook loose

One of our greatest treasures

A man that we called Bruce.

Comox Valley Record

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