(Dec. 23, 1955 – Nov. 4, 2004)
Passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Bruce will be sadly missed by his wife, Diana, whom he called his “angel”. He is survived by his parents, Warren and Dorothy, who reside in Hamilton. Also, by three children, Amanda, John, Melody, and grandson.
He was predeceased by his son Brucie, and by Daddy’s boy Sam, and Mommy’s boy, Chris.
It is with grade sadness that we announce his death. He was a giant of giants, champion of champions.
Bruce came to Chilliwack six years ago. He came broken, beaten, an alcoholic addict and entered into A.A. For the first few years he kept to himself but once his recovery was underway, he came out of the woodwork with a bang helping wherever he could, tirelessly, non-stop!
He worked in the trenches of alcoholism and drug addiction. There was no stopping him. If you needed help, he was there no questions asked. He did not even need to know you. All it took was one phone call and he was out the door to help another person.
He will forever be remembered by hundreds of fellow addicts who knew him best and dedicated his life to. He is the true example of his Master who not only talked about helping others, but tirelessly did help others. He gave 100 per cent of his life to those (addicts) who needed it most. He is the best example of a Christian that we will every know! It is easy to talk about being a Christian. This man “walked the talk”. Not enough can be said about this giant among men. But those of us that knew him cannot every forget the impression he left among us. His involvement in the community, day after day, year after year amongst the Alano Club and service work in Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A. community, Detox Centre in Chilliwack and the Salvation Army to mention but a few. We cannot bring him back, but it is our prayer that more will step up to the plate as he did.
A celebration of his life and involvement in our community will be held at the United Church, Yale and Spadina, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004.
Viewing will be between 11:00 – 12 Noon. Service will follow at 12:30 with a reception to follow.
We understand why Bruce gave so much, but it can be best said in his own words:
“I never replaced the love you had given me.”
— Bruce T. Hilton