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OAKE – Bruce

August 22, 1985 – March 29, 2011

Tragically on March 29, Bruce Oake lost his battle with addiction at the tender age of 25.

He leaves to mourn his parents Anne and Scott; brother Darcy; grandparents Fran and Walt; and many other cherished family and friends.

Bruce was born on August 22, 1985. He was a precocious child with a lot to say. He was blessed with a wonderful sense of humour and had much potential. Bruce was a successful athlete and represented Manitoba in boxing at the Canada Games. He loved contemporary music, entering and winning his share of “Rap Battles”.

For the last five years Bruce fought valiantly against his addiction and sadly the addiction won.

The family thanks Simon House Foundation, a treatment and sober living facility for it’s assistance in Bruce’s struggle.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bruce’s memory to Simon House, 5819 Bowness Road NW, Calgary, AB, T3B 0C5. There will be a private service. And then a memorial “shake down” to follow!

“Always Remembered, Forever Loved”

In living memory of Bruce Oake, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Scott,
    Heartfelt condolences to you, Anne and your family. While I never met him, I remember how proud you were telling us of Bruce’s accomplishments.

    It is a terrible tragedy.

    Pat and I are sincerely sorry for your loss

    Pat and Joe Sidoli

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  2. Donna Crispe :

    So deeply sorry for your loss. He was such a great kid. So full of life and so well liked. He worked for me at Basstel LTD a few years ago and we just loved him!!!!

    My condolences,
    Donna

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  3. Gisele (Labossiere) Mospanchuk (Kristen's aunt) :

    To Darcy and your mom and dad- So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

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  4. Turner Family :

    Our sincere condolences Anne, Scott and Darcy at this very sad and grievous time. May you have some comfort in knowing that you are in thoughts, prayers and support of many friends and acquaintances. Sincerely Joan, Derek, Kara-Lee, Brennan and Ashton Turner/ Winnipeg

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  5. Very sad news. My deepest condolences goes out to the whole family. My prayers are with you Mr.Oake …and many people are with you here in Winnipeg and across Canada

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  6. Sincere condolences to the Oake family during this time of sadness. My thoughts are with Scott and his family during this hard time. Rest in Peace, Bruce.

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  7. Jessica Grant :

    I just wanted to send my condolences to the family. I am “Hollohan’s” girlfriend and knew Bruce quite well. He always had a smile on and was always a gentleman to me. My favorite memory is of him asking to borrow my tweezers so he could get rid of an ingrown hair in his nose. Always concerned about how pretty he was! Going to miss him dearly!

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  8. Donald McKenzie :

    Dear Scott and Anne,
    Our condolences to you and your family. Such a tragedy. Rest in Peace Bruce

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  9. Andrew Baker :

    I was Bruce’s manager at Footlocker, I remember him well, very sad to read this, and sorry for his parents. See ya Bruce

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  10. Tombs Family :

    We were all deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of Bruce. Our hearts go out to the whole family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Mark, Ruth, Matt & Amy, Sarah & Chris/Winnipeg

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  11. Dominique Delisle and Alyson Haiart :

    Dear Scott,

    We are very sad for your family. Our sincerest condolences.
    Dominique.

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  12. Christian Cote :

    Dear Scott,
    I was so saddened to hear the news of Bruce’s passing. I know how proud you are of him and his accomplishments. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Christian Cote’

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  13. Donna Warner :

    Dear Scott,
    I can’t tell you how saddened I was to hear about the tragic passing of your son Bruce. You always spoke so proudly and lovingly of both your sons. What a terrible loss for the whole family. Please pass on our condolences to Anne and Darcy. Thinking of you ,
    Donna and Greg

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  14. Dave and Lynne Lew :

    Just heard about you’re son. Our hearts go out to you.

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  15. Steve and Rachelle Lansky :

    Scott, Anne and Darcy,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this incredibly difficult time. Lean into the love and support of your family and friends to help you through.

    God bless you all.

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  16. Wishing you all the best during this very difficult time.

    No words can express our condolences.

    Michael & Family.

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  17. I was saddened to hear of the loss of such a wonderful young man. I knew Bruce for only a short few months when he worked for me. His heart was good and he brought an energy to all around him.
    As the father of three around the same age as Bruce, I extend to all of you my sincere condolences and prayers.

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  18. To The Oake family,

    We would like to offer our sincere condolances to all of you. The Peace that comes in time will help lift you to better memories, please know we are thinking and offering prayers for all of you,

    Jim, Eileen, Dana Shaver

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  19. Anne, Scott and Darcy,
    My heartfelt sympathies go out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Bruce will live forever in your hearts. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    May God’s Love and Peace Comfort You.
    Sincerely,

    Molly Gray
    (Terri’s Mom)

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  20. Trevor Portsmouh :

    Oake Family

    I had the pleasure of working with Bruce as his Manager at World Health. He was a remarkable and a talented young man, one of our best. He will be dearly missed. I will always remember his warm smile and his sense of humor. It tears me apart to know that I will never experience his boisterous greeting and multiple nick names he had given me, Uncle T and T Dog. The one nickname that he gave me which I am most proud of is friend. The entire World Health family send you our condolences.

    Trevor Portsmouth

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  21. Rose M Gagnon :

    Dear Scott Oakes: I’ve watched you many times on “After Hours” and I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. May warm memories of your son bring you and your family comfort and peace.
    Rose M Gagnon
    Sherwood Park, Alberta

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  22. Terrence Harvey :

    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Having battled with addiction myself I can tell you how diffcult it is, and how important family and support is.
    Not all of us make it, and it does not mean that HE was not strong. Nor does it
    mean that YOU could or should have done
    more. If addiction was easy to cure it
    wouldn’t be the problem it is.
    God Bless You and give you strength in this trying time.
    Terry Harvey and the Harvey Family.

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  23. Laurie Walker & Spencer Bailey :

    We were so sorry to learn of your son’s death. May you find strength in cherished memories.

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  24. Sean McGrath :

    Our heartfelt condolences. God bless you and give you strength.

    May you take comfort in knowing that Bruce is now is a place of love, joy, and everlasting peace. When again you are together, grief will have seemed but a single droplet in endless ocean of love.

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  25. Don and Donna Hlady :

    We wish to express our condolences for the loss of your son Bruce. Thinking of you as you celebrate an amazing life that sadly has been taken from you.

    Don & Donna Hlady
    Ontario, Canada

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  26. Dear Scott,

    I had the pleasure of working with you in Vernon, BC on Making the Cut in 2004. Although I didn’t know Bruce, my heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

    Dana Olson
    Lake Country, BC

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  27. My condolences goes out to the Oake family. Losing a family member in any way is such a tragedy. Stay strong because you have lots of people who care about you. We are here for you.

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  28. My sympathies on your loss. May God give you all strength and comfort during this difficult time.

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  29. I too lost my son at age 19 to drugs. Such wonderful potential in these young people, only to lose out to such a powerful temptation. I am very, very sorry for what you are going through….I know it all too well. Praying for you and your family.

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  30. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a child. Capture the strength and accomplish the family beliefs.

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  31. The MacLean's :

    From Vancouver, our family’s deepest condolences.

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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  32. My sincerest condolences go out to the Oake family. I had the privelege of seeing your talented son perform at the King of the Dot Rap Battles in Calgary. I am praying for your family in this time of loss.

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  33. Paul Couture :

    Scott, Anne and Darcy:
    Our deepest sympathies on your great loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts Paul and Ronda Couture

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  34. Bill Shannon Erie Pa. :

    Our heartfelt condolences on your great loss. We only know you from HNIC but we are sure your son will go to his final rest with the love of many with him.

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  35. Geoff and Barb Goodyear :

    Scott, Ann & Darcy – We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Bruce. You are in our thoughts. The fond memories will keep him in your heart forever.

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  36. Paula (Brocklehurst) Fitzgerald :

    Scott, Anne and Dacry:
    Accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your son Bruce. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Bruce.

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  37. James Munro :

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Very upsetting. Bruce was a great person with a huge personality. He dated my best friend Stephanie Morash in Halifax before he moved back to Calgary. He will be missed. I wish I would have had a chance to talk with him recently. He will be missed!

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  38. So sorry to hear of the passing of your son Bruce. My thoughts and prayers are with the Oake Family.

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  39. Ruth Buckton :

    We think of Bruce and you – his family – every day and our hearts ache for your loss. You should be so proud of the exceptional young man you raised! Three of my children worked with your son in Calgary at WHC – Zach, Rachel & Jordan. Bruce was a very close friend of my oldest son, Zach, and I had the pleasure of meeting him many times. He was the funniest guy – the stories my kids tell, make me laugh just thinking how goofy and hilarious he was. My younger son sums up Bruce as the definition of “charisma”! Bruce was this white light that blazed through our lives so quickly but all of us are better for having known him. He truly was one of the brightest sparks! We will all miss him so terribly. Our prayers are with you at this time. Have faith that time actually will ease your pain and that someday there will be a new “normal” for you. Take care.

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  40. On behalf of the people of Edmonton, please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your precious child. Edmonton and this Oiler fan will keep you in her prayers.

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  41. Ross Mikalson :

    A traditional gaelic blessing for Bruce…

    May the road rise up to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    And the rains fall soft upon your fields
    And, until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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  42. Arlette Bateman (and, Scott) :

    Scott – so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your son. My heart aches for you and your family. And, my thoughts and prayers are with you now, as yours have been with my son Scott for so many years now. You are a special, kind human being and I can only imagine that Bruce was also. I hope you and your family can find strength, peace and support to guide you through this difficult time. xoxo

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  43. janice cannon :

    To Scott Oak and family, my sincere sympathy in the death of your dear son.
    I am sure you did all you could to aid in his recovery. May God Bless you and your family.

    Thank you for your coverage of the play off’s. It was so brave of you to carry on with your work at this difficult time. May God bless you and give you peace. Janice Cannon

    White Lake, Ontario (A hockey fan)

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  44. Marie Thomson :

    My family and I send our prayers to you and all of your family at this time. I had the pleasure of getting to know Scott during an interview with our family and I have the greatest respect for him and am saddened to hear of your son’s passing. I am late in sending this as I had not heard until now of this tragedy and I can only hope that your family finds comfort in all the love and support you seem to be given.
    Marie (Souray) Thomson and Family

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  45. I was truly touched by Darcy depiction of him and his brother Bruce, and most importantly how life led them down to totally different paths.
    My reason for being immensely touched as I also have 2 sons and I always pray that life is kind to them too.
    Yet no matter what as parents we do sometimes our children have to live and lead thier own lives though we may not always agree.
    I hope that Allah (god) gives you all as a family and most importantly as parents the patience and strength to carry on and continue to live for your shining example of a son Darcy.
    Allah (god) guide you and protect you all
    Prayers forever for your loss of Bruce

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