John BRUCE

Male 1851 - 1935


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  • Name  John BRUCE 
    Born  13 May 1851  Thorah Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 Mar 1935  Ontario Canada Deaths 1869-1938 #002334/71 Bleecker Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  21 Mar 1935  Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I00420  BRUCE FAMILY
    Last Modified  18 Oct 2012 

    Father  John BRUCE,   b. 18 Jun 1802, Caen, Sutherlandshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1899, Thorah Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Roberta FRASER,   b. Aug 1805, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1895, Thorah Township, Ontario County Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Apr 1829  Loth, Sutherlandshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F00261  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Mary Christina Gordon BAYLEY,   b. Abt 1847, Quebec, Lower Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1876, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Feb 1873  York, Ontario, Canada (Wife #1) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry Addington Bayley BRUCE,   b. 27 Jun 1874, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1959, Preston, New London, Connecticut, USA (Widowed) Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Roberta Mary Bayley BRUCE,   b. 23 Jul 1875, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00137  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Sarah MACKENZIE,   b. Abt 1856, Trinidad Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887 
    Married  28 Mar 1885  York, Ontario, Canada (wife #2) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John MacKenzie BRUCE,   b. 18 Apr 1887, Cottage Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1887, Mara, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00262  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Helen Rowell O'REILLY,   b. 27 Feb 1866, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1937, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Widow) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Jul 1889  York, Ontario, Canada (Wife #3) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Muriel Elizabeth BRUCE,   b. 20 Jul 1890, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1981, Bayside, Queens, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00263  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • Notes for JOHN BRUCE:
      Taken from"The Orillia Packet and Times"21 March 1935. Colonel John Bruce
      Colonel John Bruce,registrar of the Admiralty Court.special examiner and dean of the permanent officals at Osgoode Hall,died on Tuesday March 19 at his home,71 Bleecker Street, Toronto.after a few weeks illness in his 84th year. Of Highland Scottish ancestors, he was born at Beaverton on 13 May 1851,was educated at Lindsay Grammar School,Upper Canada College, of which he was head boy in 1870,at the University of Toronto and at Osgoode Hall.and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1876.He engaged in private practice until 1878,when he was appointed registrar of the Admiralty Court and special examiner for discovery in the High Court, which position he held at the time of his death.During his 57 years at Osgoode Hall he had been exaniner in many notable cases and was the first and only registrar of the Admiralty Court from the time of its creation.He had sat under six judges.of which number five had predeceased him.At one period he was legal secretary to the late Sir Oliver Mowat, when the latter was Premier of Ontario.
      Colonel Bruce was widely known in military circles.His career therein commenced in 1870, when he joined the University Company of the Queen's Own Rifles,and it was not until 1881 that he became connected with the Royal Grenadiers, when he was gazetted lieutenant.From then until his retirement in the early days of the present centuary he had won promotion to the higher ranks and he became commanding officer of the regiment.For more than two decades he was keenly intrested in shooting and was adjutant of one of the Bisley teams when Canada won the Kolapore Cup. For years he had been a member of the council and executive committees of the Dominion and Provinical Rifle Associations.A few years ago he was appointed honoray colonel of the Grenadiers and was possessor of the long service decoration.
      He was a Presbyterian and for many years an active member of old St James Square Church.He was a member of Ionic Lodge,A.F.and A.M.,oftheMilitary lnstitute,also of The Toronto Canadian,Empire and Toronto Golf Clubs. Throughout his life he was always interested in sport. When a young man he gained fame as a lacrosse player and crickerter and in late years was an enthusiastic golfer.He was a strong advocate of exercise as a means of longevity and never missed an oppertunity to impress upon his friends and others and advantages they would gain by emulating him in that regard. He is survived by his wife Helen R. Bruce.one son H.Addington Bruce Cambridge Mass.;two daughters Mrs G.C.T.Pemberton,Toronto,and Mrs Louis Hasbrouchk, New York; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
      The late Colonel Bruce was accorded semi-military honours by the Royal Grenadiers at his funeral on Thursday afternoon at 2.30 from the residence to Mount Plesant Cemetery.


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