In Celebration of

Bruce Gardner Wells

October 30, 1937 -  November 19, 2018

Bruce died at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on November 19, 2018 at the age of 81 following a short illness, surrounded by his loving family.
Bruce was the son of George and Laura Wells. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Dorothy “Dot” (Bell). He was the proud father of Tom (Janet McRae) of London, England and Kelly (Dave Couper) of Toronto. Devoted Grandpa to six wonderful grandchildren Nick, Kyra and Steven Wells; and Kate, Jill and Jonny Armstrong. Loving brother of Barbara Hawkins of Land O’ Lakes, Florida and uncle to Scott Hawkins of West Palm Beach, Florida and Susan Milani of Los Angeles California.
Bruce was a graduate of Trinity College School Port Hope, class of ’56, The University of Western Ontario and of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He specialized in Human Resources management and was Director of Personnel for the national accounting firm Thorne Riddell (now KPMG) for many years. Before that, he was the Assistant Dean of Men at the University of Western Ontario and Dean of Men at the University of Calgary. For the last 16 years before retirement, Bruce was the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
Retired since January 2000, Bruce’s summers were spent enjoying quality time with his growing family at his beloved cottage ‘Sometime’ on Stony Lake. Other favourite pastimes were travels with Dot; reading his weekly Economist and daily newspaper on his ipad; attending exercise classes; and enjoying family dinners. He especially enjoyed his frequent walks in High Park with Dot followed by together time over lunch at the High Park Cafe.
Bruce’s family would like to acknowledge the expert care which he received from the paramedics and the Cardiac Intensive Care and Palliative Care Units at St. Michael’s Hospital.
A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held in the Balmoral Room at The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd in Etobicoke from 2:30 to 5, with tributes and remembrances at 3:30, on Saturday December 1, 2018. In memory of Bruce please consider a donation to the The Stony Lake Heritage Foundation (Online – or by mailing a cheque to the Foundation at Suite 1107, 225 Merton St., Toronto, M4S 3H1) or the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital ( Arrangements have been entrusted to the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 416-767-3153.


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Angelo & Linda Innocente (Friends)

Entered November 21, 2018 from Waterloo, ON

I've known Bruce his whole time at OACETT and I can truly say he was a "good person and friend" of all OACETT Members. He nurtured us through some difficult years, he was always the optimist, the planner, the spark that got us - the volunteers to move forward and do the work that would help the Association move forward.
He will be missed by all but his legacy and commitment to Technicians and Technologists will live on.
Dot we wish you well and are truly sorry for your loss.
Angelo & Linda

Penny Ferguson (Old friend)

Entered November 22, 2018 from Islington

Sorry Bruce. The old Islington boys neighbour is now gone. Rest in Peace

Ian Whan Tong (Classmate of Tom Wells, TCS '85)

Entered November 22, 2018 from George Town, Cayman Islands

Tom, wishing you and your family condolences, strength, and peace on your Dad's passing.

Ian Whan Tong

David Ferguson & Family (Family Friends)

Entered November 22, 2018 from North Vancouver, BC

Condolences to all family and friends from out west.

Florence Keillor (Friend)

Entered November 24, 2018 from Bayfield ON

I read about Bruce’s passing in the Globe this morning. My sincere condolences to you, Tom, Kelly and their families. I will be thinking of you in the coming days and the remembering the good times we shared.


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