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BRUCE THORSTEN (published on April 13, 2011)



BRUCE THORSTEN March 01, 1937 April 10, 2011 It is with heavy hearts we sadly announce the passing of Bruce, loving husband of Betty, devoted Father to Lori (John), Bryan (Tina), Bob (Pamela) and Lynne (Scott), amazing Grampa to Dustin (Charity), Shawna (Sean), Trevor (Missy), Nastassja, Caitlyn, Anika, Alyssa and Great-Grampa to Tristan. Also surviving him are brothers Hugh, Ted and John and sisters, Ruth, Shirley and families. To say Dad lived a great life doesn't really do it justice. Travelling the world with Mom, from Gimli to Calgary to Grand Rapids to Gillam to Red Deer to Riydah, Saudi Arabia, just to name a few. Born in Kenora, Dad was the first born son and second child of Vera and Oscar Thorsten. The family lived in various locations in the 30s and 40s chasing jobs in the Depression and war years living in Somerset, MB and then Sioux Lookout, ON. Bruce grew up with a love of the outdoors, and imparted that love into his children and grandchildren, in spite of the fact that he lost his own father in a hunting mishap in 1953. Mom met Dad when she saw him playing hockey for an air force team in 1957 and was immediately smitten. Married later that same year, Bruce and Betty were virtually inseparable for the next 53 years, travelling the world. After leaving the air force Bruce worked for Manitoba Hydro on northern dam projects in Grand Rapids, Kettle Rapids and Long Spruce. The family grew up primarily in Gillam, spending many weekends camping and fishing. After leaving hydro in '77 Bruce took a position with Bechtel Corp., which brought him and Mom to Saudi Arabia for five years. During this period they were fortunate to holiday in places like Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and many other exotic locations. In later years, Bruce and Betty lived in Brandon working for Brandon Bearing and then retired to the Teulon area. In retirement Bruce continued his love of the outdoors, returning twice per year to Sioux Lookout to fish with his lifelong friend Gino, and managing a large summer garden. Bruce's legacy will live on in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild who will miss him dearly. Funeral to be held Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., at MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, # 7 Highway in Teulon. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to a charity of your choice. MacKenzie Funeral Home, Teulon in care of arrangements.


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