Bruce, the love of my life, chose to leave us on July 15th at Advent Hospice. Bruce was 80 one week ago which we never expected to achieve - but achieve we did since Bruce, his whole life, was a total achiever. Born into a Scandinavian family in Toronto in 1941 - a greenhouse facility family - out in the countryside of Scarborough where he grew up and attended school. Bruce loved and participated in all sports - likely the smallest hockey player ever - but he eventually settled on motor racing as his first love. He participated in motor racing all across North America for decades, ending up with club racing in Central Florida until he had to call it quits a couple years ago.
The equal love of Bruce's life was our foliage nursery business and our beloved farm in Newcastle, Ontario which had replaced the old family greenhouses in Scarborough in 1974. Bruce had the dual talents both as a greenhouse grower and also his impeccable eye for design which caused him to be pre-eminent in the interior landscape field, becoming one of the most sought-after and well respected member in this field, fulfilling major contracts throughout Canada and the USA - most of which are proudly home to many of our plants and trees today. Now the Florida nurseries provide the highest quality foliage of all sorts and sizes to the current interior foliage industry.
Our two children - Jill and Eric - continue in the family tradition - Jill running our foliage business and Eric following his Dad into motor racing where he now coaches young future drivers. Eric has two wonderful daughters - Chloe and Siena who are the light of Bruce's eyes. He loved them both unconditionally. He was currently so proud of Chloe who will be attending university this fall in London, England.
And Barbara stays behind to make sure everything Bruce loved so dear will be well cared for and nourished. He physically will be missed for ever but he will always be in the hearts of many.