Bruce was in his 107th year. Bruce was born in Toronto on April 30, 1911, the son of William James MacLean and Jeanette Trimble.
He had an active childhood excelling in school, participating in sports of every kind and working to assist his family.
He attended McMaster University, graduating in 1933 with a BA in Mathematics and Physics.
At McMaster he met Wilma MacGregor whom he married in 1936. They settled in North Toronto where they lived until 1980 when they moved to Bruce's family's home on Lake Ontario in South Etobicoke.
Together Bruce and Wilma had two daughters Linda Ann Jewell (David) and Janice Fairweather (Jim). Their marriage of 63 years ended with Wilma's death in 1999.
During the war years (WWII) Bruce served as Lieutenant Commander at His Majesty's Canadian Signals School in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, where he helped develop the radar training program for Navy personnel, teaching and recruiting university graduates in Physics to be his fellow instructors.
After the war, Bruce pursued his mathematics teaching career at Lawrence Park Collegiate and North Toronto Collegiate, University of Toronto Schools (UTS) and finally at the College of Education (U of T).
Bruce stayed in touch with many of his former students over the years – right up to the end of his life. He was humbled by the many expressions of respect and appreciation from former students (many of whom he also coached in hockey) who gave him credit for making a difference in their lives back in their high school years. During his teaching career Bruce co-authored a total of 28 mathematics textbooks geared for students from Grade 1 to 13.
At one point these textbooks were being used in all 10 provinces of Canada. Bruce retired in 1972. His 45 years of retired life were full and productive. Travelling with Wilma in their Airstream trailer and his involvement in the Wally Byam Caravan Club International were the focus in the early years of retirement. Horseback riding, sailing, wintering in Florida and golf became his later pursuits.
His last game of golf was this past summer at Centennial Golf Club in Mississauga, Ontario.
Bruce will be greatly missed by his daughters, four grandchildren Leslie Tempest (Scott), Blair Jewell, Jenny Fairweather and Kari Fairweather-Brown (Fraser) and four and a half great-grandchildren Paco Jones-Jewell, Kira Tempest, William Tempest and Flora Jewell and soon-to-be-born Baby Boy Fairweather-Brown. Bruce was predeceased by his sister Flora Voisey (Stanley).
The family would like to acknowledge the support to Bruce by his caregiver/friend of almost eight years, Elizabeth Rutter Fleming, who spent many hours by his side at his home in Etobicoke, on the golf course and latterly at the retirement residence. His former neighbours Angela and Peter Campbell have also been loyal friends and a constant support right to the end.
The staff at the Regency Retirement Residence has been extremely caring and helpful to Bruce this past year. Special thanks go to Donna Campbell for her patience and daily support. Bruce appreciated so much the kind attention of his longtime physician Dr. Gary Morningstar.
A Celebration of Bruce's Long and Remarkable Life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave., Toronto, Ontario, where Bruce was a member since 1950. There will be an opportunity for friends and family to meet prior to the Celebration starting at 1:00 p.m.
Arrangements with the Morley Bedford Funeral Home in Toronto.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Glenview Presbyterian Church (Toronto), Knox Presbyterian Church (Bracebridge) or the Evangel Hall Mission, 552 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5V 3W8 (which Bruce has supported for many years) would be appreciated by the family.