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COOMBS – Vincent “Bruce”

January 26, 1924 – December 17, 2010

Bruce Coombs of Calgary passed away peacefully on Friday, December 17, 2010 at the age of 86 years, with his family by his side.

Bruce worked as a Geologist at Texaco Canada after moving to Canada from the US in 1952. He developed a passion for community affairs during this time leaving him with a deep commitment to those who serve others. Bruce thoroughly enjoyed his latter years at Lake Bonavista Village where he developed strong friendships with both staff and residents.

Bruce is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Darcy Coombs and Lynne Ralston of Calgary; and his sister, Dr. Polly Ann Coombs of Louisville, Kentucky. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Connie Coombs; daughter Melissa Coombs and his brother Robert Wendell Coombs.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – Rockyview General Hospital to aid in Staff Education, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615,

In living memory of Bruce Coombs, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Gerald & Jan Rutberg :

    Hi Darcy…Jan and I would like to send our sincere condolences in your loss. Bruce was always an inspiration to us while we worked at Lake Bonavista. We will always remember Bruce’s wit and espically his favorite snack the Kit Kat.

    All the best to your family in this time of grief.

    Gerald & Jan Rutberg.

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  2. Dear Darcy and Lynn
    My fondest memories of your Dad were from those golden years at Texaco just prior to his retirement. He was such a great champion for supporting young women making their ways in “the Patch”.
    What a rascal he could be! I imagine we might find his mischievious spirit amongst his beloved Connie’s Garden.
    Best wishes, Karen and David James

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  3. Carolyn Ferguson :

    Bruce was my mentor when I started work as a geologist at Texaco Canada in 1975. He challenged old mapping methods and encouraged improving techniques through computer modeling.I greatly enjoyed working with him on a variety of projects.

    Bruce was a great colleague and friend and loved to tell the story of how he was “bridesmaid” at my wedding!

    I will miss him.

    Unfortunately I will be out of the country on Jan. 5th. My thoughts will be with Darcy and family.

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