It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bruce Trainor (dad) age 81, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather on April 19, 2014 in Courtenay BC. He passed away suddenly after enjoying a wonderful Easter dinner with his youngest son Rob, daughter-in-law Colleen and grandchildren Brett and Brook.
Born in Calgary on Aug 15, 1932 he joined the RCAF in Clinton, ON and while attending radio officer’s school, he met his wife Ilean Wilma Janzen and they were married October 17, 1953.
Bruce quickly switched to flight crew and became a navigator and achieved the rank of Captain. In Dad’s words, during his 25 year military career, “I never worked a day in my life” because he absolutely loved what he did. Upon retiring from the Armed Forces in 1975, Bruce sold real estate retiring in 2000 after a second 25 year career.
Bruce concentrated on hobbies involving computers, research, genealogy, photography, stamp collecting, reading and rescue dogs. He loved the internet, driving, 2 bit tours of the valley, online photo contests, and kept an active blog. He had more cameras than children and grandchildren and travelled frequently to various parts of Vancouver Island to take pictures.
Bruce was a brilliant man with a passion for knowledge He was quick witted and quick to laugh, well-read and enjoyed debating and conversing with others. He will be missed by those of us that were privileged enough to know him. Dad I’m sorry your sudden passing prevented us from driving the Deh Cho Bridge together or drinking that ridiculously priced 25 year old bottle of SCAPA together. Thanks for the many years of loving leadership Dad, we love you. Rest well.
Bruce is survived by his four children, (Rhoderic, Leslie, Alan and Robert) 9 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A private service for family and friends was held on Sunday April 27, 2014.