Bruce Whittingham

In Memorial

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Bruce Elsdon Whittingham. Bruce was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba March 19, 1940 and passed away in the early hours of Sunday June 13, 2010. Bruce courageously fought four previous battles with cancer in the last nine years before succumbing to this last battle. Married November 14, 1981 to his soul mate, wife and business partner Liz. Predeceased by his father William George (Barb) Whittingham, and his mother May Whittingham. He will be deeply missed by Liz, daughter Lee (Larry) Kram, son Scott (Kris) Whittingham, grandchildren Brittany, Ryan & Chelsea, Brandon & Garrett (and their mother Sheli Whittingham), Ty & Jack and two great grandchildren Taya and Breeyon, stepbrother’s Steve and Brian, stepsister’s Lynn and Donna, godfather Jack Brockest, cousins Don (Brenda) Kreutzer, Darlene (Murray) Deacon and many friends and colleagues.
Together Bruce and Liz experienced many joyous times with family and friends many of them while traveling and boating. His love of family and friends was foremost in his heart. His thirst for learning was insatiable and he endeavored to be the best he could be at whatever he was doing. His many passions included flying, boating, technology and real estate.
He had earned many real estate awards including being in the top 10% many times. His most cherished award was the Re/max hall of fame.
Bruce had an incredible love of life, positive attitude, a quick wit and sharp sense of humour that could always be counted on to make you smile. He was a great example to all of us who knew him and he will be sorely missed. He wanted all of you to know how humbled he was by your friendship and support particularly in the last few months.
An endless thank you to Dr. Q. Wasti, Dr. Mawani, Dr. N. and the incredible staff at McKenney Creek Hospice. Celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at Burnett Fellowship Baptist Church, 20639-123rd Ave., Maple Ridge, Saturday, June 19th, 2010 at 10:30 am. With lunch and refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to B.C. Children’s Hospital in Bruce’s memory.

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  1. Art Neufeld :

    It was my pleasure to know and work with Bruce for a few years. My very deepest condolences to you Liz, and to the entire family.

  2. Maple Ridge Veterinary Hospital :

    Our deepest sympathy to the Whittingham family, including “Brandi”, we are so sorry for your loss.
    Maple Ridge Veterinary Hospital
    Doctor Roger Kocheff & Staff

  3. Helen Gambling :

    Dear Liz,
    I send my deepest sympathies to and your family at this time. I was saddened to hear the news, Bruce obviously fought a tough and courageous battle, and he’ll be missed by many in our community.

  4. Bruce you will be sadly missed by everyone. I’ll miss your smiling face and your warm hugs. You fought a long hard battle and never lost hope. God has welcomed with open arms an amazing angel. At least we all know you will be watching over all of us. My deepest sympathy to Liz and Family. If you need anything you know I’m alway here.
    Love
    Kim

  5. Joe Quarto-Denturist :

    My deepest condolences on the passing of Bruce. He was a very kind person always happy,told jokes made you laugh. It was a great joy to see him in my office.

  6. Susan & Ed Gifford :

    Dear Liz, to you & your loved ones, we hope that you can take some comfort in knowing that Bruce’s positive spirit touched many people. He will be missed.

  7. Ellen Malott :

    Liz, I did not know you or Bruce that well, but my late husband, Carl Malott, did know you both. I offer sincere sympathy in your loss and know that it becomes a tiny bit easier as the months go by. Remember the good times!

  8. Susan & Ed Gifford :

    Dear Liz, to you & your loved ones, Bruce was a positive spirit who touched many lives. He will be missed. Please know we are thinking of you.

  9. Brian Chiasson-Trianlgle Resources :

    Dear Liz,
    I am very sorry for your loss, Bruce was a special person to me and his advice over the years in my Business and Personal life has been invaluable.

    I will remember him admirably and I do know I am a better person for having known him and continuing to know you.

    Brian

  10. Peter Sidonio :

    Thank you so much for letting us know, I am so sorry Liz, please accept our condolences, Bruce will sadly be missed by many, an awesome person.

  11. Bruce was a dynamic and giving person with an awesome personality.

    Right from meeting him the first time in 1994 at a Real Estate training course,his magnetic personality attracted me to speak to him, only to learn that he was a former Winnipegger and lover of Oscar’s Corned Beef sandwiches.

    After having coffee with Bruce a few years ago when I was in Vancouver on business, he told me of his love for the sandwich and I promised that one day, I would surprise him by bringing one. My biggest regret is that I never did have the chance as I have yet to return.

    Over the years, Bruce and I kept in touch and he was always willing to share business suggestions, some of which I still use to this day.

    My deepest condolences to Liz and family. I consider it a gift to have known Bruce and he will be greatly missed!

    Jeff Stern, RE/MAX performance realty Winnipeg, MB

  12. Alex Aguilar :

    I’m so sorry to know the passing of Bruce.
    His help and advice and support to find a place to live has been unforgetable.

    May his soul rest in Peace.

    Alex

  13. Michael and Kelly Foster :

    On my Mother’s 65th Birthday, Bruce and I had the task of providing Autumn leaves for the party’s decoration.
    The warmth from this wonderful human being and the Love shown to me was a true definition of Character.
    I will always remember our walk in Bowen Park that day,
    and I will always see him with his glasses on top of his head,with that incredable smile that always lit up what ever room he happen to be in.
    You have made such an impression on me Bruce, to be better than I was this morning. Inspiration, it seems,
    comes to us through individuals that can see a lot more than perhaps we can at the moment, and they know how to say or act just the right thing as an example,rather than just to be right.

    Liz said that you passed with a smile on your face,…….. I’m not suprized.

    Much Peace Cousin, Much Love to Liz,
    and all of the Family and friends, of this Dear,Dear one.
    whose passing has changed my life as I’m sure yours.
    ……… Love to All,

    Michael J.W.Foster.

  14. Debra Keresztes :

    Liz & family,
    Our thoughts and condolences are with you in this time. Bruce and yourself have got to know my dad, Charlie, my sis, Donna and myself Debra through remax and having known Rainer for years & off course the buying and selling of our homes.
    We send our wishes of love and faith.
    I hope all cancers can be cured one day. We too, are just at the beginning of the big ‘C’ with dad.
    Lots of love,
    Deb, Donna, and Charlie.

  15. Victor & Lorraine McClelland :

    Liz and family, we were so sorry to learn of Bruce’s passing. Bruce was an important part of our lives. He was introduced to us by Christine Skaley a number of years ago as an agent and from then on Bruce became a good friend to us. He always had a great smile and sharp wit that were great to have shared. We made a number of improvements to our present home and always had Bruce’s opinion in mind when we did, (we are sure he would approve). We think the the thing we will miss most is Bruce’s creative ways to say he was in need for another Watkin’s Black Pepper, large. He was pretty funny. We are so glad that we got to share in his life. We are here for you Liz, if you ever wish to come by. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and with Bruce.

  16. Jerry and Roberta Geldart :

    Today is a celebration of Bruce’s life. We were so honoured to have him in our lives. We had many laughs together but the one that sticks out the most is the time we went to the North Shore Ralley. We were all staying at the Hyatt. Bruce and you came down the elevator and met us on the second floor landing. Bruce had changed his name that day. His name was now Liz.He had your name tag on,and not only that, “his fly was down”. That name “zipper” stuck with him for quite a few years. We will miss his contagious sense of humour. God speed Bruce. We will miss you. Love you lots Liz.

  17. Helene Demers :

    Dear Liz, please accept my most sincere condolences. I am deeply saddened by the news of Bruce’s passing. He was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour. I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. Frank and Nancy Mantle :

    Dear Liz, our condolences go out to you. We were so honoured to have known Bruce for the all the years. He was a very kind and generous Man to all, even when he was not feeling good he would always use his increadible wit to make us laugh. He always had a big smile on his face, and enjoyed life to the fullest possible. We have great memories of our travels together, that will never be forgotten,we will miss him. Take Care Liz, Love you Lots

  19. Auntie Liz, (Lee & Scott),
    Uncle Bruce will surely be missed. I have fond memories of him and his great smile. Our prayers are with you. Kara and the kids. OX

  20. Jerry& Denise Lamoureux :

    Dear Liz, Jerry and I were very saddened to read of Bruce’s passing. I hadn’t seen Bruce for a number of years, but will always remember my little visits with you both when I’d come to p/u my MK.Our thoughts are with you ,Liz, during this difficult time. Take care and we will keep in touch.

  21. Pete & Sherry Thiessen :

    Dear Liz,

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Bruce. He was truly a wonderful and inspirational man and we feel honored to have known him. Please know you are in our hearts and thoughts. Hugs to you Liz.

    Pete & Sherry Thiessen

  22. Joel and Nicole Nickerson :

    Liz,
    I will never forget how you and Bruce took me into your home and treated me as your son. I will always cherish the times we shared together.

  23. Dear Liz,
    We are so sorry that we were away and couldn’t be with you or Bruce in his final days. Bruce will always be a treasure in our hearts and we are so glad to have been his friend and yours for so many years. We will deeply miss him.

  24. Goodbye Bruce. Thank you.

  25. Oh Bruce, my special honourary grandpa. Even though I haven’t seen you for a few years, you know that you have always had a very special place in my heart. Your smile, your hugs, and your laugh always brought smiles to my face. You showed cancer who was boss time and time again, and I often thought of your courage and strength as we watched our little girl in her own fight. They say God only takes the good ones and you are one more piece of proof that it’s true. I am sad to know that I won’t hear your voice or run into you at an open house or see you again. My prayers are with Liz and everyone who loves you.

    God bless and love always, Jessika.

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