On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Matthew Bruce Deans, HBA, husband, grandpa, and dad, passed away at the age of 89 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. Bruce is lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Donna; his children Gordon, Mark, and Karen and their spouses Sue, Ann, and Chris; and his five grandchildren Heather, Daniel, Alexander, Jonathan and Ainsley. He is fondly remembered by his sister’s children Greg and Sam and their wives Tammy and Marnie, as well as his brother-in-law David, his wife Joan and their children Drew and Leslie. Bruce was predeceased by his brother Roger and sister Judith.
Bruce grew up in Baby Point, Toronto with his brother, sister and parents, (Matthew) Clifford and Dorothy (Sutherland) Deans. He met Donna, his life-long sweetheart, while they were in high school. Bruce obtained an honours degree in Business Administration at Western University in 1955. After graduation, Bruce started his 38-year career in investment banking at Bankers Securities, working with his father Clifford. Bruce and Donna married in 1955 and started their life together in Burlington, Ontario and then in their first house in Orchard Heights, Mississauga and became a part of the community through the Lion’s Club, Applewood United Church, friends and neighbours. Bruce loved and enjoyed family and built their “Timbertree” summer cottage as a gathering place to enjoy beach, tennis, deck, and boat time with all of the family and many friends. Bruce was always a fun-loving host and adoring grandpa who cherished family time. In 1976 the family moved to Etobicoke where Donna and Bruce continued to be a part of the community and new church family at Humber Valley United Church. Bruce was also an avid world traveller, visiting all seven continents by air, ship, bicycle, canoe, camel and on foot, while Donna gamely accompanied him in all but a few of these adventures.
Bruce was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he will be dearly missed by all.
The service may be viewed livestream on Monday March 1st at 11am https://youtu.be/IS9YXqt0rv4