Nelson, John Bruce August 17, 1939 – December 2, 2016
We are sad to announce after a long battle, Bruce succumbed to his chronic conditions on December 02, 2016. Bruce is survived by his daughters, Betty (Stan) Powers, Brenda (Rob Alsford) Nelson and Kathy (Tom Jones) Gray; his granddaughter Katrina (Melissa) Young-Powers; his grandson Garrett Powers; his siblings, Doug Nelson and Nancy Swerhun; as well as many nieces and nephews. Bruce is predeceased by wife Sandy (2001), and his siblings Jim and Edith. Born in Calgary, Bruce was raised in the Drumheller Valley until his late teens. He joined the Navy in 1958 and served a 5 year hitch. After being discharged in 1963, he moved to southern Ontario and began his manufacturing career with Hamilton Steel (eventually North American Rockwell). He married his wife, Sandy, in 1964 and soon after they started their family with the arrival of the first of three daughters later that year. Growing homesick, Bruce moved his family to Calgary in 1978, where he continued manufacturing springs with Standens until his retirement in 2006. The family would like to thank the staff at the Peter Lougheed Hospital for their excellent care of Bruce this past year. A Memorial Service will be held for Bruce at Pierson’s Forest Lawn Chapel (4121 – 17 Avenue SE, Calgary) on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the MS Society of Canada. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca.
Pierson’s Forest Lawn Chapel
4121 – 17 Avenue SE
CA T2A 0T1