It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, cousin, and friend.
He leaves to mourn and to cherish many great memories, his children Jennifer (Nelson), Quinn, Reginald Jr, 17 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. His grandma Esther Berens, uncle Michael, 3 brothers Orville, Earl (Gladys), and Joshua Bittern, 3 sisters Susan Franklin, Mildred Doerksen (Ron), Audrey Ballantyne (Roger), many close friends from Poplar River and Berens River, and very close friends Roy Bittern and Budski, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family in Berens River, Poplar River and Winnipeg.
Reggie was predeceased by his wife Verena in 2019. His parents Norman Bruce and Violet Bruce, brother Arnold Bruce, in laws Norman and Clara George, sister in laws Pamela George, Roxanne Bruce, brother in laws Jerry Franklin and Carl Berens. Grandparents John Berens, Sandy and Janet Bruce and numerous loved ones who have passed.
Reginald was born at Norway House on March 14,1958. He was married to his late wife Verena for 37 years. He lived at Poplar River until they moved to Winnipeg in 1992 where he resided until his passing. During his lifetime he worked as a carpenter, fisherman, laborer, and construction worker. He would often point out the many buldings he helped build in the city including the mts center. He also loved to hunt and trap with his dad and brothers growing up. He worked hard to provide for his family until his health allowed. He was very gentle, humble, respectful, giving and had great love and compassion for others. He would often go and sit with those who were sick in the hospital when he knew they were there to pay his respects. That’s the kind of man our dad and brother was. He loved all his family and showed it by being very supportive and spending time with those he loved. Most of all he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior in the months before his passing. He will be greatly missed by all who know him especially his smile and contagious laugh, his generosity, his guidance, and wisdom that we will carry in our hearts forever and the many wonderful memories that he shared with us that made us laugh with joy. We will love and miss you dad, brother Reg!
The family would like to thank the staff at HSC MICU, ICU, units JK3 and GD4, Seven Oaks, Grace Hospital, Poplar River Chief and Community Council, the community and those who gave and helped us out during our difficult time. Friends and family, cousins for always being there. Kicheemeegwetch and God bless!