Bruce Thomas Parker
On Monday, March 11, 2019, Bruce passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at LHSC at 84 years of age after many years of struggling with COPD. Loving son of the late Lillian (Weir) and Elmer F. Parker, and stepson of Agnes (Leis) Parker. Loving husband to Joyce (Leis) for almost 60 years and an amazing father to Janice (Ron) and Tim (Laurie). His granddaughters Andrea, Kaitlyn and Nicole adored him as he supported their sports interests cheering them on and always guiding them in their important decisions. For almost 2 years, great-granddaughter, Evelynn, has brought him such great joy.
Bruce enjoyed his athletic career, excelling in football and basketball as a student, followed by his love of coaching. He became a teacher in 1961 and retired early as principal of H.B. Beal to enjoy the cottage, golf, and time with his family. He will be remembered by everyone for his caring personality and for his wonderful sense of humour.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street, London. The funeral service will be conducted at Colborne Street United Church, 711 Colborne Street, London, by Reverend David R. Carrothers on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11a.m. A celebration of Life will follow at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club, 465 Sunningdale Road West, London.
Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to the Lung Association, or to the charity of your choice.
Debbie MacLeod (Dellow)
March 11, 2019, 7:34 pm
So sorry for your loss Mrs.Parker, Janice and Tim. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Many memories were made when your family lived on Paddock. It has been nice to see Janice on occasions through the school and community and work and be able to reminisce about old times.
March 12, 2019, 7:28 am
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
I know how much your heart is breaking
And how much you will miss him.
Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.
My God, your family and friends that surround you and the many memories of your dad and his wonderful humour bring you comfort during this very difficult and painful time.
God bless you all,
From Marion, your high school friend.
Paul & Joyce Seagrave
March 12, 2019, 9:15 am
We are very sorry to learn of Bruceâ€™s passing but no doubt it will be a blessing to you and your family to know that he will no longer be suffering.
We hope St. Peter will be ready to contend with Bruceâ€™s quick wit and infectious smile.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
March 12, 2019, 6:17 pm
Sad to see Mr. Parker has passed. He was a bright spot in my time as a Student at Clarke Road. Always had a smile and was a big supporter of school functions and sports.
Condolences to Your Family Sir.
Barbie (Collyer) Groot-McLaren
March 12, 2019, 9:57 pm
Condolences to Joyce, Janice, Tim and family. Such a difficult time for all. I have a memory....my daughter Chloe was at the Regional Track and Field competition at Lucas SS. I saw Uncle Bruce wandering and watching the competition. I approached and he was there to watch his granddaughter compete. He was such a proud Grandfather!! A proud parent and loving Husband. Thinking of all. God Bless.
Heather Nancy Mahler
March 12, 2019, 10:20 pm
Tim, sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He was principal while I was at Clarke Road and he was great! Always very friendly and supportive and helpful whenever we needed it. He will be missed.
March 13, 2019, 9:31 am
I worked with Bruce at two schools. He was the best.He will be missed.A good man.
March 13, 2019, 5:01 pm
Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss of Bruce. We always enjoyed his visits to the office with his wonderful sense of humour.
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and the family.
March 14, 2019, 10:48 am
Bruce was a straight arrow from knowing him at St.Georges and as my Quarterback at London Central. Birdy Thomas will always remember Bruce as one of a kind. Rest in Peace, my good friend. You will be missed.
Erik Lyde-Stad II
June 19, 2020, 6:41 pm
I was at Clarke Rd 80-84 . He was a much loved principle by everyone a truly classy guy. Sorry for your loss
ps a relative I was named after (Erik Lydestad ) was principle just before Bruce and I got there.
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