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MACDONALD, David “Bruce”

August 18, 1952 – Kentville, Nova Scotia
July 12, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Bruce Macdonald, the man, the mustache, practical joker, charmer, world traveler, and steak griller extraordinaire, has died on Friday, July 12, 2019.

A true “child of the 60’s,” Bruce was always up for a good time. While not always politically correct, actually probably most of the time, what mattered most to him were the smiles that he brought to those around him. Born in Kentville, NS, Bruce moved with his family to Calgary, AB at the age of five. He graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in Sociology, pool and darts. His interest in Sociology was always minimal at best, but the female to male ratio in the classes seemed to grab his attention. When he returned to Calgary in 1975, he met his bride-to-be Dots, swept her off her feet, and they married nine years later. They had one amazing, handsome, brilliant son, Brenden.

Bruce was a man who held his cards close to his chest at times, but when he won his pot, was always generous and kind with his winnings. Through his thirty plus years as a stockbroker, he had many bulls and bears in his life. It was his sense of humor, charm, and positive outlook on situations that always carried him through. Renowned with friends and family for being reasonable, fair and thoughtful (as well as being the self-proclaimed fastest man in Alberta), Bruce was loved by all. He was an avid golfer, fly fisherman, amateur photographer, tennis player, cribbage master, and was always excited to enjoy his favorite pastimes with those that he cared about and loved.

Bruce will be sorely missed by his wife Dorothy Laboret, his son Brenden Macdonald, his four brothers, Webster, Christopher, Barclay, and Roger; as well as cherished family members and too many nephews and nieces to count. He was preceded in death by his parents, Webster and Sheilah Macdonald; as well as his beloved pet, Buddy, “The Wonder Dog”, who Bruce believed was responsible for half of the dog population alive in Calgary today.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Bruce Macdonald, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Sherri Petricevic

    Aunt Dorothy and Brenden,
    Wish I could take away the hurt. Uncle Bruce was truly an amazing soul, a gift to the Laboret family. I loved being his Sheryldine (choosing that over the alternative “Rumpelstiltakin” -whom I believe was naughty character)… he is missed deeply already. Thoughts are with you ♥️

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  2. Dorothy, thank you for the nice chat Monday about our good friend “Omar”… I have been thinking about him a lot lately. My family arrived in Spain this evening and I raise a toast to the world traveler in his honour.

    Brenden, what a fantastic job on the obituary, your Mom said it wouldn’t be typical and it wasn’t, you knocked it out of the park. Your Dad was always very proud of you and would be again.

    My sincerest apologies for not being able to attend the service. Hope you and your family remember all of the good times with your Dad and Husband, he was definitely in the “ beauty” category!

    Before I sign off, get Steve Hunter to tell you the story about the time I was fly fishing with Omar in the Crowsnest and he got his cigarettes wet…

    Kind regards,


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  3. Please accept my condolences and my regret at not being there on Friday. We are in Ontario. Bruce was a colleague for nearly 30 years and always a good friend with a great sense of humour. I will miss him.

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  4. Sandra Percival Kaczmarek

    With sadness for your loss of Bruce, Wally & I are thinking of you, Dorothy and Brendan. Hold onto those rich memories during the tough times. I’m certain Bruce will contribute to your lives, in the most positive way, forever.
    Healing hugs to you both.

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  5. Ross, BJ, Nicole and Janae

    Dorothy, Brenden, Web, Cindy, Barclay, Chris, Diane, Roger, Laurel, Jody, Trevor, Alison, Palmer, Ciara, Keitha, Brock, Tracy, Ross, Tim and of course, Accius, Nate, Sophie, Jules, Myles, Marlow, Emmeline and Lio-Emile. It would have been easier to address you as the Macdonald’s west, but I know that each one of you is suffering this very tough loss. Bruce filled the role of husband, father, brother (in-law), uncle and great uncle very well. We will be remembering Bruce and thinking about all of you as you celebrate his life on Friday. We are proud to call him cousin. Even though distance has limited interaction between our two families, we do fondly recall a dinner with Bruce and Dorothy at Uncle Web and Aunt Sheilah’s when Dorothy was pregnant with Brenden, time at Ghost Lake (“4 beer water”) and some “shenanigans” at a Christmas party at young Webbie’s house . On our next visit to Calgary, we will be visiting Fish Creek Park to see both trees planted in honour of Aunt Sheilah and Bruce. Until then, love and blessings from the Macdonald’s east.

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  6. Jo Ann Searls

    Dear Dorothy : I was so sorry to hear learn about the loss of your beloved husband, your loving sister Cheryl has been keeping me up to date with your family and I was saddened to hear about Bruce’s passing. Blessings, Prayers and Strength to get through the coming days..May the memories of him warm your soul forever… Jo-Ann Searls

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  7. Sally Roenisch

    To Web,
    I did not know Bruce, however , I have two brothers that are so very dear and close to me. I can’t imagine how you are feeling with his passing and I send you my sympathies .

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  8. Rest easy “BMac” – Missing you already!

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  9. Kenand Donna Butler

    Our family was deeply saddened when we learned of Bruce’s passing. Both Donna and myself met Bruce in 1975 and like so many of Bruce and Dorothy’s friends it was instantanous Best Friends. In 1977 we relocated to B.C. in the Kootenays, a property located outside of New Denver in the Valhalla Mountains. They visited us regularly over the decades. They seemed to flourish with the fresh scented mountain air, hikes, swims, evening camp fires and telling stories and laughing until our cheeks hurt. Their family grew with the addition of a blond curly haired,a most inquisitive boy.When Brendon was older he also spent time with us.
    Oh what fun we would have, the kids would play would laugh, no not just laugh, but again those belly ones, Oh those wonderful memories.
    One visit stands out, Bruce had a “Cuda,” kinda a small but fast hot car. Anyway Dorothy said that Bruce should rest for the long drive home and she would pack the car. Bruce was complaining on their way home to Dot about the lousy gas milage they were getting. So when they they pulled in for gas, ( or was it on the ferry) Bruce finally noticed the lean of the car and opened the trunk to find Dorothy’s treasures of “ROCKS” including some boulders for their garden.
    Bruce was, always the willing hand, a trusted confidant and, a man of his word (really what more is there than your word) and I can attest to his. I always thought that Bruce should have been a stand up comic, he was a natural. But he was always backed by Dorothy (“Oh Bruce”) what a team! Now that I reflect on it he did do stand up, remember that grin and the tilt of the head, he had serious moments but his main lot in life was to lighten our day with humor.
    Brendon your” Uncle” Ken and :”Aunty” Donna are so proud of your accomplishments and soon to be Wed, time for a visit to the Koots. We know you will take care and look after your Mom.
    Losing a close family member is a rough ride, all of you seek help, know about “grief bursts”, talk to each other. Please raise a glass for us for one of the best.
    We wrap our arms around each and every one of you from here and it is with deep regret we will be unable to join you tommorow due to health issues.
    We hear the grass is greener and the golf balls flight straight as an arrow in the upper Comos. It is also much brighter now.
    May you Rest in Peace.
    The Hicks from the Sticks,
    Ken and Donna Butler and Family

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  10. Judy and Pete Ireland

    It was a shock to read about Bruce’s passing. Our condolences to all the Macdonald family. Elbow Park, Ghost Lake..a lot of history.

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  11. Dorothy and Brenden, Garth and I send you our most heartfelt condolences. We hope the cherished memories of all the good times help carry you through these hard times. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Robert Bannatyne

    Dear Dorthy and Brendan,

    I wanted to express my deep sorrow to hear of Bruce’s passing. I remember him as an extraordinary guy with a contagious smile and an increidble sense of humor. I always appreciated his willingness to listen to me as a young man and include me in the conversation. I know that no words can ease the loss but I will say them none the less. He was a wonderful guy and he has left to soon. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and that I wish you the best.


    Robert Bannatyne

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  13. I am so sad to hear of Bruce’s passing. Dorothy and Brendan, my heartfelt love and condolences go out to you at this time of loss. Bruce was our neighbour in Elbow Park throughout our childhood. Kick the can, scrub baseball in the little park on 39th Ave SW, Elbow Park School, Rideau Jr. High and Western Canada High School. So many memories of fun, laughter and childhood escapades. Cherish all the good times that you shared together and he will always be there in your heart. Deepest sympathy, Joan (Morrison) Abougoush

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