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Bruce Hildebrand

February 5, 1963 - June 4, 2016


Bruce Jacob Hildebrand arrived on Jake and Phyllis’ 9th wedding anniversary…February 5th, 1963 in New Westminster, BC. Such a busy and interested child, he was always into SOMETHING…. Occasionally it wasn’t a good something [eating poison berries, drinking gasoline under the lawn mower].  He definitely kept us all hopping. That grin and the impish sparkle in those beautiful blue eyes kept you from ever being able to be mad at him for long!  Like his Dad, hockey was a big part of Bruce’s life and his number one sports Love.  He started playing hockey around 5 years old and that’s how he ended up with his famous “silver” front tooth…  I believe he ended up face first on the ice and the tooth broke off.  That tooth is still there with him today.  After the car accident in 1981 that rendered Bruce quadraplegic and severely brain injured, Bruce amazed everyone by following simple commands while “IN A COMA”…. We knew he was still with us in a big way.  So we never gave up on him. He continued to progress in many ways for many years.  Although his life was hampered by certain physical disabilities and he was unable to speak… He communicated LOUD AND CLEAR when he had an opinion on discussions or politics or if we just made him mad!  That left arm would come up and his mouth would open wide with a silent yell to communicate that you had better be listening, or else.  So many of us remember our arm wrestling with him, one of the things that he loved to do to show off how strong he still was.  He beat pretty much everyone with that strong left arm.  Camping became a family event with Bruce.  We started at Monk Park in Merritt one year.  He slept in a tent in his “Cadillac” a converted bicycle and lounge chair created by his Dad, Great Uncle and Brother in Law.  It was perfect… even had a brake! His baths were in a blow up dinghy!  Once the family acquired the “lake” places, Bruce spent many weeks at Missezula Lake and Shuswap Lake each year.  He even went for a speed boat ride and swim once (although he hated the swim… brrrrr).  The campfire and singing were a big part of Bruce’s loves while at the lakes and something we will always continue to do.  We will think of him every time.  He also was taken to many events through his group home, Larkin House, that contributed to his daily enjoyment in life.  His Larkin Family have lovingly cared for him for 25 years and we cannot express enough gratitude to all of them for their support of Bruce and the family.  Our sincere thanks and gratitude to Eagle Ridge Hospital C2B and W2B for their care and compassion over the past two months.  You, *Dr. Nasseri* and all the wonderful nurses made the transition easier for us.  Bruce was the most courageous and inspiring person we have ever known.  He is our Hero!  It was our privilege and honour to share in his life.   We were so blessed to have him with us for so long!  We know many of his friends and family have great memories and thoughts to share, so please do so here in his website.  We will enjoy reading them so much.  Thank You from all of Bruce’s Family.



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From: Tracy Horton
Relation: sister

Farewell to Brutumus the Brave….I will see you “later”… You were such a huge part of my life … A good part…a smack in the face when I needed it… Thank you my brother, for being in my life

From: Scott Olmsted
Relation: Married to niece

I’m going to miss you Bruce, but I know your in a better place being a hellion keeping people on their toes. LOVE YOU……

From: Bill & Della Letkeman
Relation: cousin

We were deeply saddened in 1981 when we heard about his tragic accident and often prayed for him. We are sorry for your loss and send our love and condolences. Bill & Della

From: Sheri Dusseault
Relation: cousin

God speed cousin. You were so very loved and so well cared for. Your family is amazing and never ever gave up on you. I hope you are in better place with a rocking body and are dancing and running and are free! God bless!

From: Carla Anderson
Relation: Long time friend of the family

Bruce…you were an inspiration to all. We are going to miss you, but know you are in a much better place, which is free of physical constraints….May you rest in peace❤️

From: Robin Bates
Relation: Sister

We were so lucky to have our wonderful Bruce in our lives for another 35 years after the accident that took his mobility and his voice. He taught us the meaning of courage and grace under extreme adversity, which included much suffering. Despite this, he never lost his sense of humour or his love of life. What an inspiration! We miss him terribly already, and look so forward to seeing him again…..talking, singing, and dancing in heaven!

From: Nathan Horton
Relation: Step Uncle

Bruce it was good growing up with you. So many memories and good times at Shuswap and at Phyllis and Jakes. I only ever knew you since your accident but I still managed to get to know you in many ways sharing lots of great arm wrestles and heated political discussions. You will be missed by all of us. May you rest in peace.

From: Ron Nickrll and Sandy Flint Nickrll
Relation: Second cousins from Washington State

Precious Family,
Ron and I will forever be grateful for the times our paths crossed with sweet Bruce. It was so fun to find he liked audio books we liked and the love of Uncle Gene and Uncle Charlies music. Precious Bruce you live in each of our hearts and our prayers, always just a close inspiring and loving thought away. Your journey, like the beautiful vining rose climbing and winding to the other side of the wall, may your adventures bring you peace and beauty. Love you Forever and Always dear Cuz, Sandy and Ron

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
June 10, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Vedder View Gardens Cemetery
44675 Watson Road
Chilliwack, BC Canada

44675 Watson Road
Chilliwack, BC Canada

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