Obituary of Bruce Oliver Malcolm
April 2, 1938 - Levin, New Zealand
June 8, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta
With great sadness Bruce Malcolm of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at the age of 84 years.
Bruce was born in Levin, New Zealand on April 2, 1938. He grew up living a farming life and participated in the daily work of a busy family run dairy operation in Pahiatua. His one respite from the labour was on the rugby field where he found joy, freedom and camaraderie among friends and instilled a set of values that would become Bruce as an adult.
In 1960, at the age of 22 Bruce and his good friend Allan Billington literally set sail on a new chapter of life boarding a ship destined for North America. After a jubilant send off with a band, confetti and waving family Bruce felt the weight of farm life fall off his shoulders and the freedom of his youth overtook him. He and Allan travelled and worked around the United States and Canada finally settling in Calgary where he lay new roots of friends, community, work and ultimately family. He loved his work at the Firestone plant and later with Love Feeds; his knowledge and experience on the rugby field brought him respect and friendships with the Calgary Saints rugby club.
With life fully established in Calgary, he married and had three children, Gary, Susan, and Karen that he cherished and celebrated into the last moments of his life. As children, they spent many hours and days at the Kingsland rugby grounds watching Bruce referee, biking with him on his runs and spending summers at Mabel Lake and on hiking trails. Bruce never wavered in his commitment to the rugby community establishing the Alberta Referees’ Society in the 1970s and refereed all levels of rugby from the Canadian National Championships and local club rugby to weekly High School matches. He was also a successful businessman and worked with integrity in the Construction Aggregate Industry for over thirty years. Bruce was always physically fit. Running was a joy and hiking in the mountains was a passion.
In spite of leaving New Zealand, Bruce was always a proud Kiwi. He loved his family there; he never did lose his accent and his absolute zeal for the All-Blacks brought him years of joy.
Bruce is survived by his aforementioned children, Gary Malcolm (Toni), Susan Little (Tom) and Karen Malcolm-Pye (Steve); his six grandchildren, Isabelle, Amelia, Zerind, Tiván, Oliver and Édua. Bruce is also survived by his brothers, David (Barb) and Collin (Glennis) in New Zealand, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Annie and Oliver, his sisters, Muriel and Margaret and his brother Donald.
Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Mr. Malcolm’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made on Bruce’s behalf directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca.
In living memory of Bruce Malcolm, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.
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