September 7, 1931 – September 7, 2019
It is with heartfelt sorrow we announce the passing of our Dad, Grandad, Gramps, Great Gramps, Uncle, brother and friend.
Bruce was born in St. Walberg SK, the fifth son of six children, and spent most of his boyhood years in St. Walburg and Saskatoon, SK. In 1944, Bruce’s parents purchased a
farm in Loon Lake SK, and he and his little sister Bettymoved with their parents to take up farming full time.
Bruce graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Agricultural program 1951 and continued to work on the farm for a few more years before starting work in the construction business alongside his brother Ralph.
He met his future bride Lynne Christophers in 1955,when she and a few classmates came home to the family farm with his sister Betty on a nursing school break. It was always a story in the family that Lynne won the foot race that day to win Bruce’s heart. Bruce and Lynne were married December 3, 1955 in Edson, Alberta. He was a proud and active member of the Masonic Lodge (initiated by his father Jack in 1952), as well as the Mountain Shrine Club.
Bruce and Lynne travelled and worked with their road construction family throughout the next several years. In 1963 they finally settled down to raise their family and made Golden BC their home.
Once settled in Golden Bruce worked for, and eventually became a partner with Bob Barr, forming “Barr and Tomlinson Contracting”. In 1978 Bruce formed his own construction company, “Tomlinson Contacting”, which he later sold to son Steele in 1991. Bruce retired shortly after this time, as did Lynne, and then took several wonderful trips. Lynne passed away in the spring of 2004 and Bruce travelled for the next several years like a gypsy in his motor home, enjoying winters in Arizona and summers by a lake. Bruce settled down again in Golden in 2009 making Purcell View Apartments his home. He thoroughly enjoyed living there and the companionship its close-knit neighborhood provided. Anyone who knew him will remember his friendly smile and banter. He loved to stop and visit with folks and always took the time to do so.
Bruce is survived by his children Steele (Pat) Tomlinson, John (Trish) Tomlinson, and Barbara (Archie) Hankey; his Grandchildren Amy (Mike) Frazer, Adam (Meg) Tomlinson, Brad (Dania) Tomlinson, Aleka Tomlinson, Nichole Hankey, Cheryl (Shaun Petty) Hankey, Jessie (Jessica Pyper) Oatway, Bruce (Chelsea) Oatway, Patti (Cole) Heglin, and Sabrina Oatway; his Great Grandchildren Perron, Izzy, Sofia, Wren, Liam, Jack, Nora, Lennon, Lucy, Evynne, and Layla; brothers Robert Tomlinson, Jack (Dorothy) Tomlinson, and many, many nieces, nephews and friends who were all a very important part of his life.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents Jack and Inez, wife Patricia M.L. (Lynne), daughter Susan Lynne, brother Alfred and sister-in-law Grace, brother Ralph and sister-in-law Min, sister Betty Kelley, sisterin-law Dorothy (Dot) Tomlinson.
There will be no formal funeral for Bruce and most who knew him well were afforded the opportunity to reach out to him before his passing. His cremated remains will be interred later in the year at a private family graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Shrine Club for their
Children’s Charity, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, in memory of Bruce.
Online condolences may be sent through Bruce’s obituary at: www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Hindman/Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, BC
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