Obituary - the Rev John Bruce of Broughton Moor
Last updated at 13:01, Friday, 27 September 2013
A retired vicar who served in Broughton Moor has died at the age of 87.
The Rev John Bruce served as vicar of St Columba’s Church, Broughton Moor, from 1963 to 1966.
There he set up youth groups to encourage youngsters to get involved with church life.
Mr Bruce was born in Trimdon, County Durham, on New Year’s Day 1926.
He studied science at Durham and divinity at Leeds.
His studies were interrupted by World War Two, which saw him conscripted to serve in the Royal Derby Signals, spending time in Malta, Italy and Egypt.
He then went to Barton School of Theology, near Richmond in Yorkshire, before regaining a university place at Leeds to complete his studies.
In Barton he met his future wife, Jennie Legg, while lodging in her mother’s home.
He was ordained at Durham Cathedral in 1950 and got engaged the same day.
He went to Canada with two university friends to take up the ministry of an Anglican church in New Brunswick.
In June 1951 he travelled back to Barton to get married and returned, with his wife, to Canada.
The couple had three children, Jennifer, John and David, during their time there and led several churches in New Brunswick.
In the early 1960s the couple returned to England to be near their parents.
His daughter Jennifer Hubner said of his time at Broughton Moor: “Because he had a young family that was an ideal opportunity to get them involved with the church.”
He then moved to St Herbert with St Stephen in Carlisle and, in 1974, to St George’s in Kendal.
In the early 1980s he moved to a church in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, where he worked until a stroke forced him to retire in 1986.
The couple then moved back to Carlisle and worshipped at Carlisle Cathedral until they moved to Pennine Lodge care home in January.
Mr Bruce died peacefully in his sleep on September 7.
He is survived by his wife Jennie, children Jennifer, John and David, grandchildren Steven, Gillian and Stevie, great-grandson Lewis and sister Greta.
Mr Bruce’s funeral was held at Carlisle Cathedral last week.
Donations were made to the cathedral in his memory.
First published at 12:55, Friday, 27 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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