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Bruce Ira Harper

Bruce Ira Harper

January 9, 2022

Bruce Ira Harper

HARPER, Bruce Ira – Peacefully at Wellington Terrace Long Term Care, Fergus, on Sunday, January 9, 2022 in his 84th year. Beloved husband for 60 years to the late Marlene Harper (née Gillies) (2016). Loving father of Richard Harper of Markham, Debra Harper of London, Dianne and her husband Dan MacEachern of Ayton, Linda and her husband Gary McArthur of Mount Forest, and father-in-law of Betty Fair Harper of Kitchener. Cherished grandfather of Scott (Jenn) MacEachern, Sara Harper, Ryan (Meagan) MacEachern, Joanna (Shane) Gregory, Angelica Harper, Miranda Harper, Brianna McArthur, and Mark McArthur. Dear great-grandfather of Caleb Gregory, Cole Gregory, Maverick MacEachern and Emilia MacEachern. Lovingly remembered by the Gillies family.  

Predeceased by his daughter Brenda Harper, son Paul Harper, and brother Grant Harper. 

Bruce gave generously of his time to others – giving a hand up to someone in need, volunteering at the curling club, supporting the Louise Marshall Hospital and local food bank. He had many passions – travelling in retirement with Marlene, nights out, dancing, playing cards, fishing up north, hunting with the boys, entertaining neighbours or McGuivering something together to make it work. He was a long-time Toronto Maple Leaf, Blue Jay and Raptor fan, and armchair referee. Bruce was known for having his lawn and gardens in perfect order. Above all, he cherished his family. His memory will live on in their hearts forever.

A private funeral service will be held at the England Funeral Home with spring interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. Extended family and friends are invited to view the service livestream on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. by visiting www.englandfuneralhome.com and clicking on the link below Bruce’s obituary. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation, the local food bank or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral Service for Bruce Harper


Linda and family,

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Linda (White)

— Linda Froklage, March 27, 2022

Our condolences Linda and family on Bruce’s passing. Take care and stay strong at this difficult time.

— Tracy and Paul burke, January 20, 2022

My Condolences to the Harper family on Bruce's passing.

— Clint Oakes, January 14, 2022

I am so saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of our time curling together. Sending you my heartfelt condolences, Don Otto

— Don Otto, January 14, 2022

Bruce always had a smile and a laugh. Sorry for your loss.

— Linda Dunk, January 14, 2022

My condolences to Linda & all of Bruce’s family. I enjoyed curling with Bruce in bonspiels & in Mount Forest. My prayers are with Linda & Bruce’s family at this time.

— Bob McClure, January 13, 2022

Very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing.He was a great friend of my Dad Jim and I have many good memories of his time spent at our farm.My deepest condolences to all his family

— Stuart Wright, January 13, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to all of Bruce's family, our thoughts and prayers are with you .

Douglas & Leona McNabb

— Douglas and Leona McNabb, January 13, 2022

To all of the Harper and Gillies Families,
I have known Bruce since he was in Grade 8 and felt a great loss in his passing. I am sure his family and everyone with whom he had made contact, feels the same. HIs great love of chatting and helping others was a life-long trait. My sympathy and prayers go with all of you, especially his children, whom I knew so well.
Pauline Brown

— Pauline Brown, January 12, 2022

My sympathy to all. Bruce & I had some great talks at the lodge

Harold Turner

— Harold Turner, January 12, 2022

We are so very sad to hear of the passing of Uncle Bruce. He had always been someone I looked up to as a kid and young adult. I will remember his good humor, big voice and laugh, very distinct and memorable. Bruce always had time to talk and offer advice, especially in my younger years which had a positive influence on decisions I have made in my life. It was a blessing to have him in our lives and he will be missed by many of us.

— Jim Harper, January 12, 2022

My deepest sympathy to Diane Dan Scott and Ryan

— Shirley Becker, January 12, 2022

Sorry for your loss, deepest sympathy Willie and Val

— Willie and Val Smith, January 12, 2022

My deepest condolences to the Harper family
Rob Mulchinock

— Rob Mulchinock, January 11, 2022

My condolences to all of Bruce’s family,
I worked with Bruce for many years and he also put in many years helping at the curling club
giving freely of his time. We had a lot of good laughs and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time
with Bruce. Please cherish your memories. Tom and Margaret Mary

— Tom Tangney, January 11, 2022

Our deepest condolences to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Bruce Harper.
Thinking of you and sending love.
Marianne Christie & Family,
Annie, Megan, Justin, Aaron & Tory

— Marianne Christie, January 11, 2022

To all the Harper family. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. My thoughts are with each one of you

— Karen Rave, January 11, 2022

My condolences to the Harper family on the loss of your Dad.

— Diana Koehler, January 11, 2022

My condolences on the passing of my cousin. I always looked forward to talking with him. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He had a life well lived. Ross and Elizabeth

— Ross Reid, January 10, 2022

Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. Many good memories of your Dad and parents and obviously the most recent one for both of us is our trip to Alaska! Many laughs and good memories. Do cherish all of yours.
Les and Virginia

— virginia byers, January 10, 2022

Our sincere sympathy to the Harper family at this sad time

Steve & Mary Heffernan

— Steve and Mary Heffernan, January 10, 2022

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Bruce to all of his family and friends. He was a wonderful man who replicated in is his children and grandchildren such kindness and beauty of spirit. Our sincere condolences. The Manojlovic family

— Diane, Peter, Michael and Jenny Manojlovic, January 10, 2022

sorry for your loss linda and family

— fred hoehn, January 10, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

— Gary and Sharon Martin, January 10, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to the Harper Families.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Ken and Joan Hayward, January 10, 2022

To the whole Harper family,
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad and grandfather. He was a warm and genuine man who will be dearly missed. Bob has many fun memories of Bruce during years when they were both much younger!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.
Bob and Donna McFarlane.

— Donna McFarlane, January 10, 2022

Our condolences to the Harper family. We knew Bruce for many years. Then he and Marlene were neighbours in Farewell. Always friendly and helpful. He will be missed.
Mary & Bob (Dippel)

— Mary Allen, January 10, 2022

I am so sad and sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. May he Rest In Peace with Marlene welcoming him through the pearly white gate. I remember many Holiday dinners, camping and cottage family trips , games by the bonfires , boat rides , picking potato bugs, card games and just chatting and listening. He was a loving and caring man to all who knew him. He will be missed. My condolences to Rick, Debbie, Dianne (Dan), Linda (Gary), Betty (late Paul) and all the grandchildren. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Sending love and hugs. Frances

— Frances Fagen, January 10, 2022

Our condolences to the Harper Family
Many good memories of camp visits with Bruce.
He would have us well fed and share the stories of his life and experiences.
Glen and Joanne Alexander

— Glen Alexander, January 10, 2022

Our deepest sympathies.

— Ken and Karen Thompson, January 10, 2022

My condolences to the Harper family. May you find comfort in your memories.

— Cathy Conrad, January 9, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to you all.

— Gord and Kathy Calder, January 9, 2022

Sorry to hear of Bruce's passing.
He worked with my Father (Bert Dineen) for many years. I used to enjoy playing cards and talking to him years ago when my kids were curling. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

— Bill Dineen, January 9, 2022

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P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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