Woodhouse, Bruce

Bruce Woodhouse died peacefully on October 2, 2020 in Durham, Ontario at the age of 91.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Helen Woodhouse (nee Ormsby) of Owen Sound. He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen Woodhouse (nee Ibell) in August 1992.

Bruce was the loving father of Janet Lynn Woodhouse and her husband Derek Hill and was predeceased by his son John Robert Woodhouse in May 2020, and will be remembered with great fondness by his daughter-in-law Wendy Woodhouse.  Bruce will be remembered fondly as well by his wife Helen’s family: Sue McCutcheon (Kevin Bestard), Jan McCutcheon (Chris Horner), Neil McCutcheon (Yvonne), Mary Lou McCutcheon (Ken VanderEyk), and Cindy Zettler (Andy).

He was the proud grandfather of George, Ann and Leah Woodhouse; Sarah, Meagan and David Hill; Michelle (Blake Underwood) and Jillian McCutcheon; RJ and Samantha Horner; Eric VanderEyk; Eric (Lisa), Collin and Cara Zettler; and great grandfather of Jacobi Underwood.

Bruce is survived by his siblings Laura Hargrave (Gordon), Ken Woodhouse (Netty), Alan Woodhouse (Mary Catherine), and John Woodhouse (Doreen).  He was predeceased by his siblings Harvey Woodhouse (Edith), Herbert Woodhouse (Vivian), Marjorie Johnson (Tom), and David Woodhouse (Janet), and will be remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and their families.

Bruce was born in Euphrasia Township on June 7, 1929, a son of the late Wesley and Jessie (nee Brown) Woodhouse.  He moved to Fergus, Ontario and began a career affiliated with Ralston Purina.  In 1968 he returned to the Beaver Valley to establish Baywood Farm.  Bruce was well known in the pork industry, winning championships at The Toronto Pork Congress and The Royal Winter Fair.  He was involved in the Executive of The Canadian Swine Association and founded the Ontario Hampshire Club.  Bruce was an advocate for youth in agriculture as a 4H leader and a judge at regional and national fairs.

He was a talented fastball player who maintained lifelong friendships with his teammates.  He was an accomplished gardener who competitively showed his vegetables at local fairs and also sold them at the Owen Sound market.  In the pursuit of his lifelong passion, he farmed Baywood well into his 80’s before being forced to give it up after a bad fall in 2018.  Bruce is remembered as a passionate story teller who spent his last 2 years of life alongside his brother Alan at Rockwood Terrace.  He always encouraged those he loved and cared about to pursue their dreams.

There will be a private family service at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Thursday, October 8, 2020, with interment following at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.  The service will be recorded and friends and extended family may request a copy of the video by emailing fergusonfuneral@bmts.com.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Rockwood Terrace Nursing Home (cheques only please) or Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation 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

Service: Private family service on October 8, 2020

Donations: Rockwood Terrace Nursing Home (Cheques Only) or Heart and Stroke Foundation
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Tracey Lesage
    Sunday, October 4, 2020

    My sincerest condolences Marry Lou

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  2. Bev and Marilyn Rutherford
    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Helen, you and the your family have our deepest sympathy with Bruce’s passing. We have good memories of you and Bruce at many events. I pass the farm often as travel to Markdale to visit with Bev and think about you. Keep well, Helen.

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  3. Jan Schultz
    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Dear Helen. Thinking of you at this sad time . Bruce always enjoyed the hockey games so much. Hold your memories close.

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  4. Mary alderdice
    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Our sincere condolences to the Woodhouse family. may your fond memories sustain through this difficult time.
    Ivan and Mary Alderdice

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  5. Wanda McWilliams
    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to family. Sandy, Wanda and Family

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  6. Linda Teed
    Monday, October 5, 2020

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the memories of Bruce help you smile as he always did and his laugh
    Linda Teed

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  7. Carol and Dal Gouett
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Sincere condolences to you and all the family

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  8. Kathryn Taylor
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Aunt Helen, Janet, and family, we are sending you our deepest sympathy during this difficult time of Uncle Bruce’s passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Rick and Kathryn Taylor

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  9. Donna Eagles
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Condolences at this time, it is your memories that will help you through. To all of you the support of family and friends will carry you through these difficult times. Take care

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  10. Carl & Sylvia Sampson
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Dear Helen and Family

    We are sorry to hear about Bruce’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Carl & Sylvia

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  11. Valerie Shaw & family
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woodhouse family at this time. Bruce would always greet you with a smile and often a good story. He will be missed in the Beaver Valley.

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  12. Marilyn Sewell
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    I’m expressing our sympathy on behalf of Lois Sewell as well as myself. Our family knew Bruce well and through 4-H and pork producers we appreciated his dedication to young people and agriculture. This year has been very hard on your family and we just want you to know you’re in our thoughts.

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  13. Frank Bassingthwaite
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Dear Helen and family
    I was saddened to learn of Bruce’s passing . While our paths didn’t cross often those crossings were always pleasant and interesting. My condolences to you and your family

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  14. Art Woodhouse
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Because my Dad came from a large family, I had the privilege of experiencing many wonderful memories and life lessons from all of my uncles, aunts and cousins.
    One fond memory I would like share is my first trip to Maple Leaf Gardens to see an NHL hockey game . It was in 1968 and the Toronto Maple Leafs were playing the Detroit Red Wings. My Uncle Bruce had gotten tickets through his work at Ralston Purina and had invited my Dad and I to attend the game with him and Cousin John (he wasn’t Big John yet as he was only 9). The seats were directly behind the Red Wings bench . The team consisted of many stars of Gordie Howe , Alex Delvecchio and Frank Mahovlich Frank Mahovlich ( The Big M ) had just recently been traded by Toronto to Detroit. One thing I will always remember about my Uncle Bruce is that he could walk into a room of total strangers and start up a conversation. This held true at the hockey game as he leaned over to the players bench below and said “Hi Frank how are you liking things in Detroit” ? The Big M replied “just great”. Uncle Bruce then said you look good in that sweater and Frank said thank you and went out on the ice and scored a beautiful goal on a break away .I will always remember that game and still wonder to this day if they knew each other. One thing my Uncle Bruce practiced in his life was if you are passionate about something participate, practice, and talk about it.
    To Aunt Helen, Janet, Wendy and their families our sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Bruce. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Art, Sandy and family

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  15. Bonnie Hammond
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    Helen & family – I was sorry to hear about Bruce. I first got to know him at the Arena during those fun hockey games. Take out all those wonderful memories that you have & they will sustain you all as you go through this difficult time. Take Care & God Bless! Bonnie Hammond

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  16. Cheryle Watson
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love Wendell, Cheryle, David and Alastair

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  17. Grant McMurchy
    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce
    Grant and Nida McMurchy

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  18. Heather Parkin
    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Janet & Helen and family
    WE are so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was a family friend that I have known for most of my life. I remember him as a kind and gentle man, coming to our farm in Collingwood to sell Purina. He enjoyed many cups of coffee at our kitchen table and became a trusted and loyal friend that we always loved to see drive in. He was a wonderful 4-H leader. He was a great supporter of youth and agriculture. He was always willing to judge almost any commodity at the small fall fairs, and had the expertise to be able to do the big shows as well. He was a great friend, who always had time to visit and he will be dearly missed.
    Larry & Heather Parkin

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  19. sylvia Bell
    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    I have known Bruce since my teens–we road on the same school bus !
    And I often visited when he and Marjorie and Harvey lived at their Uncle John’s
    A life well lived–
    Sylvia Bell

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  20. Cathy Shaw
    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Dear Helen and family
    So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was such a friendly guy with a big smile. So many were so fortunate to have known him and his agricultural wisdom.
    Hopefully your memories will help to ease the pain.
    Cathy and Doug Shaw

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  21. Ken and Wilma wilson
    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Thinking of you Helen at this sad time . Ken always wanted to sit next to Bruce at any banquet….enjoyed his stories.

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  22. Shelley Barfoot-O'Neill
    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Janet, Helen and Family
    Both Brian and I have so many wonderful memories of Bruce.
    I remember him as a wonderful man who came to the farm often as a Purina salesman. I loved when he stopped in, so kind and generous of his time with a little farm girl. A photo of Dad and Bruce hangs in honour in our barn.
    Brian spent alot of time at Bruces doing chores when Bruce was at his many meetings with the Pork Producers. He was a wonderful 4-H Leader and a mentor to so many of us. A true gentleman.
    He touched so many lives.
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers
    Brian O’Neill and Shelley Barfoot-O’Neill and family

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  23. Norine Baron
    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Dear Helen
    So sorry to her of Bruce’s death. We know you have many great memories to carry you through these rough times. Peace to you and all the family members.
    Norine nd Garth Baron.

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  24. Jackie Ralph and Mark Brown
    Friday, October 9, 2020

    What an amazingly incredible legacy he leaves! Sending our thoughts to all of his loving family and many friends at this time.

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