Osborne, Bruce Elwood

Bruce passed away peacefully at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre with family by his side on Friday, September 16, 2022 in his 87th year.

Born on September 30, 1935, he was a son of the late William and Lena (nee Moore) Osborne.

Bruce was the caring and generous husband of 62 years to Betty (nee Schwehr) Osborne of Thornbury.

He was proud father of David Osborne (Cindy Hicks) of Manitoba, Rick Osborne of Markham, Randy Osborne (Holly) of Thornbury, and Sharon Owen (Preston) of Clarksburg.

He was the kind and loving Grandpa of Kathryn, Steven (Melanie), Michael, Sean (Sarah), Mark (Stephanie), Greg (Elsa), Brooke, Tiffany (Mark), Becky (Johnny), and Great Grandfather of Bentley, Parker, Paxton, Aleida, Tyson and will be remembered fondly by many other extended family members.

Bruce was predeceased by his Grandson Justin Owen and by his siblings; Fern Howsen, Marie Gordon, and Jim Osborne.  He will never be forgotten by his many nieces, nephews and their families.

Born in Feversham and raised in Clarksburg during WW II, Bruce was a small-town boy.  He started his career at the Toronto Dominion Bank in Toronto.  After a short period, he returned home to help with the family business, ‘Osborne’s Appliances’ which soon became ‘Osborne’s T.V.’  He worked alongside his father, uncle and brother, and eventually his son David joined them.  A family business with 3 generations and 60 years happily providing quality small town service to their community.  Bruce truly enjoyed his job and would go above and beyond to help anyone in need.  He was a ‘MacGyver’ and inventor, and worked hard to find ways to make things work smoothly.

Bruce was proud to be from a small town and found many ways to volunteer and provide support to his community.  He volunteered for 18 years on the Thornbury Fire Department and retired in 1998 as Deputy Fire Chief.  He played the trumpet in the Valley Concert Band for many years and played the Last Post for over 70 years in Ravenna and Thornbury.  He always had a booth at the fall Fair and looked forward to community events like Skate-Athons.  Bruce’s boat could be seen off the Thornbury harbour during the spring and fall.  If Bruce wasn’t catching anything, nobody was.  Anything Bruce did, he did well; golfing, bowling, badminton and many other sports.  He was competitive and enjoyed a challenge.

For many years people have travelled from near and far to enjoy the tall, brilliantly lit Christmas tree at the Osborne home on Bruce Street.  Bruce spent many hours happily planning and preparing this tree so that others could enjoy its beauty during the holiday season. During the warmer months Betty and Bruce enjoyed many years at Whispering Pines Campground and developed many lifelong friendships.

“Dad was very proud of his family and always said that we weren’t monetarily rich but to always remember that we were rich in what we had …. each other”.

A private Catholic Mass will be conducted at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Meaford, with interment following at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

All are welcome to attend a public Celebration of Bruce’s Life at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 5 until 8 p.m., tributes will be shared at 6 p.m.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary (cheques only please) or the Alzheimer Society, would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Public Celebration of Bruce’s Life at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 5 until 8 p.m., tributes will be shared at 6 p.m.

Donations: Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary (cheques only please) or the Alzheimer Society
Make a donation in memory of Bruce Elwood Osborne


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Dale burgess
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    John and I are very sad to hear the passing of Bruce . A kind and caring man . You will miss him as well all his neighbors and friends . We are thinking of you all

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  2. Lori & Bill Allen
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Thoughts and prayers to all the Osborne family. Bruce will definitely be missed and he was a rock of the community and his family. He always had a smile on his face and yes if there was volunteering happening Bruce was front in line. Many, many fond memories for our family.

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  3. Barry Moore
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    My sincere condolences to the Osborne family with the passing of Bruce.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss.

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  4. Colleen Hurst
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Osborne family

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  5. Anita Cornfield
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Sharon, Holly, Rick and Dave

    We are so sorry to hear about your dad. I always remember him as a hard working, honest man who ran a great business. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Cherish the memories.
    Wayne and Anita Cornfield

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  6. Gwen Hutchinson
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Sincere sympathy to all the Osborne family whom we have known “forever and a day”, and cherished our friendship and our connections over the years.

    Gwen Hutchinson & family

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  7. Sandra & Randy
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Dear Osborne Family
    We are so saddened to read of Bruce’s passing this afternoon. He was a great community businessman and a proud and loving family man. The Christmas Tree he decorated with love was a highlight for us to see each year. He will be missed, remembered and cherished by many. Take comfort in the wonderful memories you have and love he had for all of you.
    Sending our deepest condolences to all of you.

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  8. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    0ur codolences to the Osboure family.i worked with David a little bit.when he would come to Amerock in meaford to look at some of our electronics.your dad was a great man he will be missed

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  9. Gary and Beverlee Dillon
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to all the family ..Bruce was a true gentleman and a great guy .

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  10. Bruce and Sue Carr
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to Betty and the Osborne family… Bruce will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. He was the heartbeat of his family and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all…

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  11. Magi sibbett
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Best neighbour and friend a girl could ask for…his obit says it all. I miss him deeply.

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  12. Linda Teed
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    My thoughts are with you Betty,and family
    A wonderful, kind man who would always solve the problem with the tv or sterio
    If he couldn’t, no one could. We always shopped at home, because Bruce would always service the tv
    We enjoyed the beautiful lights before Christmas. We will miss the nod of your head, hand on your chin, smile and soft spoken voice
    Linda

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  13. Kelly Greve
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Thinking of Sharon, Brooke and family … he will be missed by many❤️

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  14. Corinne Gilbert
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Dearest Betty and families, my heart is sad reading about Bruce’s passing. I grew quite fond of him over the years with his visits to the pharmacy. I used to marvel at all the strands of lights on the tree at the front of the house as I would pass on my walks.
    There is a brighter light shining in heaven now.
    Sending sincere condolences to you all.

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  15. Joan Weldrick
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    My condolences to Betty and family on the passing of Bruce, whom I have known for years.
    Joan Weldrick

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  16. Muriel Hindle
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Betty and Family. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. We got to know him at Whispering Pines, Bruce grew the best grass in the park. His sand was beautiful and green. Cherish your memories. David and Muriel Hindle

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  17. Gale Skippen
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Bruce will always be remembered as a terrific human being. He was always good to our family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    My condolences to his wife Betty and all their family. ❤️

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  18. Kathy and Bruce
    Monday, September 19, 2022

    Dear Sharon, Preston and Brooke, and the Osborne family. May all your cherished memories help you through this difficult time and may they bring a smile to your heart. Our loved ones are not gone they walk beside us everyday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love
    Bruce and Kathy

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  19. Gary & Sharon Long
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Condolences to the Osborne family on the passing of Bruce. He was a great man who loved his family and community and will be missed. Cherish your memories.

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  20. Eileen Gamble and family
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Praying for you Betty and your family. Bruce always had time for a chat. He will be missed in the community.

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  21. Darlene Diver
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

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  22. Mike Robertson
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Sincere condolences to the Osborne family. Bruce was always a terrific fellow in every way. He was one of the first Thornbury residents I met when moving there in 1960, and it was truly a privilege to have known him.

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  23. Dorine McGuire
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    So sorry to learn of Bruce’s passing.My deepest condolences to all the family. Bruce was one of the best!

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  24. Patricia and James Hindle
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Bruce even took Patricia and I fishing, He set a high standard for our community. Any one who had the joy of sharing time with Bruce will cherish it for ever. Love and care for the family.

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  25. Harvie and Jill Reekie
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Our deepest sympathies to Betty and families on the passing of Bruce. He will be missed.
    Harvie and Jill

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  26. Harold and Bev Ardiel
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Betty and Osborne family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences at this time. Bruce was a fine man, and will be missed by family, many friends and acquaintances.
    We enjoyed the huge tree which he decorated with lights every Christmas season.

    Harold and Bev Ardiel

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  27. Fern Park
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    To the Osborne family,
    I wanted to send you my deepest condolences on the passing of Bruce. Bruce was a great man above anything else and will be sadly missed. Fern Park

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  28. Ross and Sherry Davison
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Ross and I would like to send our deepest condolences to Betty and family.
    Bruce was a gentle kind hearted man and will be missed but not forgotten.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with the hole family during this sadden time.
    Ross and Sherry

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  29. Peter Lougheed
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    What a great community person. A real loss for the town. The annual Christmas lights on the tree in front of the house will always be a nice “Thornbury memory”! Thinking of the whole family in prayer.

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  30. LINDA HUTCHINSON
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing, thoughts and prayers to you all.
    So many years of great memories.

    Linda

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  31. Donna (Beckerley) Smith
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Betty: I am so sorry for your loss. I bought my first TV from the store in downtown Thornbury. That’s dating myself haha. Bruce was a well known household name in the TV repair business. His participation in the Beaver Valley Legion Remembrance Services will never be forgotten.

    Donna Smith (Betty, your hot dog lady)

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  32. Irene Webster
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Betty and all the Osborne families,
    I send my sincere condolences in the loss of Bruce. He was one of the best in every way. You will have so many wonderful memories of a well thought of gentleman. He leaves a big loss in our community by everyone that knew him.
    RIP Bruce

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  33. Leone Allan
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Betty and family
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving
    memories to hold forever in your heart
    Bruce was a wonderful and kind man. He will be missed by many, but not forgotten.
    Bob & Leone Allan

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  34. Harvey &Sylvia McMurchy
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Bruce passing .Great neighbour’s love the Christmas tree a great addition to the neighborhood every Christmas Our sympathies to everyone

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  35. Mike Keaveney
    Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    Dear Bruce a fierce friend amazing deputy fire chief who I often referred to as father Bruce because of his caring of all the fire fighters under his command. I will miss you very much. I offer my condolences to all your family, and know you are going to a better place. Mike.

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  36. Nancy & Michael Pickering
    Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    Dear Betty and all the Osborne family,
    We extend our sincerest condolences to all of you. Bruce will be forever remembered for all his good deeds, his community spirit and dedication to everything he took on. May you cherish the wonderful memories you have of him.

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  37. Barb Holland
    Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    To the Osborne Family
    Sounds like you have lost a wonderful father and role model…
    With Sympathy
    Barb and David Holland

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  38. Tony and Kim Schwehr
    Thursday, September 22, 2022

    RIP Uncle Bruce ❤️
    Aunt Betty, Sharon, Holly, Rick, Dave and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Uncle Bruce was one of a kind, and will be missed.

    All our love,
    Tony, Kimmy, Taylor and TJ Schwehr

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  39. Sheila Besley
    Thursday, September 22, 2022

    My condolences Betty to you & your family. I have many great memories of golfing, Gord & Bruce playing cribbage & our many evenings around the camp fire at Whispering Pines. We had some really fun times. Bruce will be missed by his family & friends. Love Sheila

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  40. Kevin Quong
    Thursday, September 22, 2022

    To the Osborne Family

    The Quong Family would like to extend our sincere condolences in this difficult time.

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  41. Mary(Keaveney)Thibeault
    Friday, September 23, 2022

    Betty, Sorry to hear of bruce’s passing. Mary

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  42. Lois Plummer
    Friday, September 23, 2022

    A very friendly obliging man. My condolences to Betty and family.

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  43. N and G Baron
    Saturday, September 24, 2022

    Betty and other family members – We all have heavy hearts to lose a man like Bruce. His smile and that wonderful Christmas tree were such a blessing. Peace to all of you.

    Norine and Garth Baron

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  44. Bonnie Hammond
    Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    Betty & Family – Bruce was a wonderful man who enjoyed life, his family & his friends. He had a wonderful sense of humour which I really enjoyed. Mike & I always bought our TV’s from him & when I was growing up, I remember the first TV that Dad bought from Bruce when I was 16 years old. Mike & I also enjoyed seeing you & Bruce, Betty, at the Legion for lunch & dinner (depending on the time of year) on Fridays. Good memories! Enjoy your memories – they will help you get through this difficult time. God Bless! Bonnie Hammond

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