William Bruce Sawers
April 15, 1917 ~ February 9, 2017
Bruce Sawers passed away peacefully at the age of 99 and now resides in his eternal home with his Lord. Growing up life was difficult for Bruce and his family. Born in rural Alberta he lost his father at the age of two, leaving his mother to raise three children on her own. Throughout his childhood and through the depression years they experienced severe poverty and faced many other hardships as well. When in his 20’s the Second World War began and life didn’t get any easier. Bruce became one of the members of our Canadian Armed Forces who willingly and sacrificially fought for our country so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we have today. After the war, he made his way out to BC and spent 42 years working in the lumber industry mostly as a Lumber Inspector. The last 59 years of his life were spent living in either Mission or Abbotsford. Despite the many challenges he faced in his lifetime, Bruce endured them all never losing his wonderful sense of humor or his ability to love and enjoy life which was evident in how he lived it! Bruce gave much of his time serving in Ministries and organizations such as M2W2 and Meals on Wheels. He loved God, his family, his friends and his country. He was a humble man, a man of integrity, who was kind, gentle and generous. His family is grateful to have had his love, guidance and encouragement for all these years and he will be truly missed. A special thank you to all the staff in the Ferndale Ward of Trim who cared for Bruce in his last year. Bruce leaves behind three children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A family graveside service for Bruce will be held in the Spring.