Mr. Bruce Morriseau

Mr. Bruce Kennedy Morriseau

Sunday, May 9th, 1965 - Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
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Mr. Bruce Kennedy Morriseau, age 54 years, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Bruce was born on May 9, 1965 in Beardmore, Ontario where he grew up. He lived in Thunder Bay, and in his early 20's settled in Vancouver, BC, where he spent his adult life. Bruce was born with a natural talent and was a true artist, and much like his uncle Norval, he loved painting Indigenous art and culture.

Throughout his life, Bruce faced many trials – but his steadfastness and willingness to help others always shone through. He was very proud of his accomplishments while at Luke 15 House in Surrey, BC. He enjoyed mentoring kids by sharing his experiences, being involved in sweat lodge and teaching them Indigenous Culture. Bruce had a strong faith and God was an integral part of his life.

Bruce loved his family, his fun-loving and happy nature was always welcome. No matter what was happening in his life, Bruce was always clean-cut and well dressed. Bruce was generous and caring, his spirit will continue to shine through his art and he will be remembered forever.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Kerri (Victor) Goodwin; grandchildren, Victor Jr., Chanell, Keylin, Lillian and Delilah; mother, Ellen (Thomas) Canuel; father, Bernard Morriseau; siblings, Rene Morriseau (Robert Gibson), Bradley (Phyllis) Morriseau, Benjamin Morriseau, Angie (Steven) Kantor and Thomas Canuel Jr.; nieces and nephews, Melissa, Richard, Brandon, Bree, Aliyah, Carter and Austin; former spouse, Denine Turner and her children, Randy, Matthew and Jason. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family.

Funeral services for the late Mr. Bruce Morriseau will be held on Monday, December 23, 2019 with family and friends gathering in St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church for the Funeral Mass at 10:00am, celebrated by Fr. Antoni Fujarczuk. Visitation will be held Sunday evening in the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, with the Vigil Prayers offered at 6:30pm in the chapel.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Dew Drop Inn or Luke 15 House (11861 99th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 2M3)

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Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Waverley Chapel
    299 Waverley Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, ON P7B 5Z7
    299 Waverley Street at Algoma, one block south of Red River Road, Thunder Bay North
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    Vigil Prayers will be offered at 6:30pm in the chapel.

    This event may be open-casket and the livestream may contain views of the deceased.

  • Service

    Monday, December 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, December 23rd, 2019 10:00am
    St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church
    Corner of Red River Road and Algoma (across from the Waverley Chapel).
  • Interment

    At a later date.
  • Reception

    In Common
    40 South Cumberland Street
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Matt Henderson

Posted at 11:26pm
I just heard now, 1.5 years late. I met Bruce in a gallery on Granville St. in Vancouver in the late 1990's. He was painting on the floor of the gallery of which I visited twice per year. He told me that he was painting on the floor in that gallery for a few months. I bought two paintings off him, Sacred Turtle and Butterflies. I look at them every day. A very talented man.

B Reneau

Posted at 06:52pm
When Bruce first arrived at my place in Vancouver, he was so kind and interesting to meet. Little did I know he would become my friend and confident. When he branched out on his own again, he was like a brother to me. I already knew his brothers Rene, Brad and Benji who were all friends but Bruce became the closest to me. Our paths strayed apart but he was close to my heart. He had his problems but he was a great man. He will always be in my mind and heart. Now you can rest and start your new adventures. Love you always my dear friend.

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Sunday, December 22 2019 at 06:00 pm

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