Richard Bruce MacKinnon

Passed 02/23/2021

Obituary for Richard Bruce MacKinnon

MACKINNON, Richard Bruce, Age 52, passed away suddenly on February 23, 2021. Bruce is survived by his brother Blaine (Gillian) and nephew Daniel. He was predeceased by his parents Dan and Sylvia MacKinnon.

Bruce took a wandering path through life and to try and capture in a few short paragraphs the people he met, the places he’s been and the lives he touched is impossible. From Lower Sackville to Fort MacMurray, Shefferville to Shediac, he’s left behind friends and family who will miss him tremendously. Stories of his quick wit and the lengths he’d go to get a laugh would fill volumes; words describing his compassion and kind nature equally so. Attempting to capture these would be a very long and diverse account and would only scratch the surface of who he was and what he meant to each of us. We encourage everyone to add comments, anecdotes and photographs to celebrate Bruce’s life. His ashes will be spread privately by the family at a later date.

Donations in Bruce’s memory can be made to an animal shelter or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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To be honest, I never met Bruce. I've only learned his name after his passing from friends who loved him very much. To Bruce: you made such a difference in so many lives. You'll live on in all the good you left behind.
- Logan Walsh
Bruce....gone but never taught me alot in the kitchen even if I was older then you....we laughed like brother and sister....I hope I was not too ya will cherish all the recipes you gave me from your grand mother...big hugs to your family and Wendy....xox
- Cathy Brydges
I grew up with Bruce and have many memories of his humor and kindness. We reconnected several months ago and he was exactly the same amazing person he was when we were in school. My condolences to his family, girlfriend, and friends. He will be missed by everyone he has met.
- Lori Price
So sorry to hear about Bruce's sudden passing and condolences to Blaine and family. I grew up with Bruce on Dickey Drive and we attended Caudle Park, AJ Smeltzer, and Sackville High together. He always made me laugh!
- Chris Bennett
So sorry to hear. I haven't seen Bruce since High School -- he was my prom date! I'll never forget him pulling up in a borrowed old t-bird (or something similar).... was quite a struggle to get into that car in my gown! My condolences to his family and friends. RIP Bruce.
- Dawn Mallyon
Blaine, Gillian, Daniel, Wendy & family I would like to express my sympathies to all of you. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lots of very great memories of you Bruce from Dickey Drive. Honey & Theresa Bowden/neighbours.
- Honey Murphy
I didn't see Bruce too often, but it was always a pleasure when I did see him. Rest in peace Bruce you were and are loved very much.
- Patricia Spears
My deepest condolences to the family. Bruce was a great guy and I'm sure he will be missed by many! Rest easy old friend!
- Peter Coolen
My condolences to all Bruces family and friends. Also to his girlfriend / best friend Wendy and family, I'm so sorry for your loss....I know your love for each other was so deep and special!...You both had such big plans that won't happen but Bruce will continue to be with you all and watch over you...Wendy just remember that he loved you like no other and showed you in so many ways! Bruce you will be sadly missed but never forgotted ❤❤
- Marla LeBlanc
so sorry for your loss he was one of a kind still remember the time we were walking to school an a seagull decided to crap on him needless to say he was late that day . he will be missed
- blair rose
My sincere condolences to Bruce's family and friends. I knew Bruce from High School, and although it was a long time ago, Bruce was one of those people you never forget. His jovial nature is etched in my memory and I'll always remember his smile. Too soon!
- Derrick Allday
Words will never convey the sudden loss of our dear, sweet Bruce who came into our lives and hearts and for that, we will always be truly thankful. Bruce once made a divine potato salad that could feed the five thousand and Belgian Chocolate waffles that melted straight into our daughter's heart.  We will always love you Bruce, Rest in Peace.
- Rose Beckham
I have been thinking about Bruce since I found out that he had passed away. We lived across the street from Bruce, and his family since he and my son Robb were 2 years old. So many memories have been flooding my mind, mostly good, and funny times. There were times for sure when Sylvia and I wanted to put these two best friends in a for sale box. They played together in the mud with their trucks and dinkies and jumped off the side of the deck in the deep snow, attended the same schools and were usually found side by side somewhere. Dickey Drive was a street of young parents with young kids and the MacKinnons and the Kellys were exactly that. Losing Bruce so suddenly was like losing a family member and one who leaves us with so many happy and crazy memories. We will remember you always Bruce and will have stories to tell for many years to come. Rest in peace sweet man.
- Sandra Kelly
My deepest sympathy to you, Blaine, Gillian & Daniel. The last time I had a conversation with Bruce was almost a year ago on Messenger. I didn't know him well but I know your Mom spoke well of him, as well as all of you. You will be in my prayers.
- Patricia Bonvie
I was shocked at hearing of Bruce's sudden passing. Sympathies to all those who loved him. My prayers are with all of you.
- Reina MacNeil
Rest easy my friend Bruce,I will always remember your kind manner and total love for animals.
- Andrew Lambert
I was so sad to hear about the passing of Bruce. I have such wonderful memories of him throughout school. He was always a kind, sweet soul....and always made me laugh. He is gone way too soon...Rest in Peace my friend
- Linda Parker
I am so sorry to hear of this sudden tragic news! My deepest sympathy and condolences to Bruce's family, especially his loving partner Wendy and her children and grandchildren. The love shared between Wendy and Bruce shone each time I saw them together. I only knew Bruce for a short time but in that time I could see how he radiated with Love and kindness and yes of course the odd joke or two. RIP Bruce, please watch over Wendy and the kids....
- Penna Levionnois
Bruce and I worked together years ago at the westin, we've always kept in touch. He was the kindest, sweetest man, with a heart of gold. He was always gentle in his inquiries about culture, religion, and had a thirst to explore and learn. He was so loving and always had a big smile on his face. Rip Bruce, you will be greatly missed!
- Yesir
Bruce and I would go one for one with stories and jokes You could always be guaranteed to be laughing as you left the door. My condolences to all who loved him.
- Chrystal Hanson
Bruce will always be part of who I am. While Bruce and I traveled very different paths in life we were as close as brothers at one time and he will be forever remembered. Blaine, my condolences to you and Gillian and your family. He was take way too soon.
- Robb Kelly
I would like to express my sympathies to Blaine and family in the loss of your brother. Be assured that you are all in my prayers.
- Marie LeRue
So sorry for your loss. Bruce was so kind, thoughtful and had a wonderful sense of humor. I always enjoyed being in his presence. He will be missed. - Jon Judge
- Jon Judge
Bruce was a wonderful man. Lost touch but always missed him. Rest in peace Bruce. You were loved by so many I am heartbroken
- Alan hill
So very sorry to hear of Bruce's sudden passing. It has been years since our paths last crossed, but the memory of those conversations will always make me smile. Blair Faulkner
- Blair Faulkner

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