On Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, Bruce B. Biddeson passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. at the age of 92, surrounded by his loving family.
He was a devoted and loving husband to Mary, as well as a Godly father, uncle, brother-in-law, and grandfather.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Mary, and their children and spouses, Beth and husband, Rod Enns, of Fort Frances, Ont., Nancy and husband, Andy Palmer, of Burlington, Ont., and Dan Biddeson of Fort Frances, Ont.; five grandchildren, Derek, Allison, and Nathan Enns, and Jacob and Sarah Palmer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Lida Biddeson; son, Joseph Alfred (1979); infant daughter, RuthAnn (1958); infant son, Thomas (1961); one brother, Everett; and two sisters, Mary Prudence Hodgkins and Beryl Mae Kesler.
Bruce was born Oct. 13, 1914 to Joseph and Lida Biddeson in the old Daniel W. Biddeson homestead, which is now known as 1021 River Rd. in Fort Frances.
Bruce attended the old McIrvine School and the Fort Frances High School. He worked at many jobs, which included the Kenora highway in the 1930s, several garages in the area, and the 0 & M Paper Company.
Bruce joined the Canadian Navy and served three-and-a-half years from 1942-45. He served on convoy duty in the North Atlantic, and on the “D Day” invasion of Europe, Omaha Beach U.S. Sector, sweeping for mines before the troops landed along the French Coast.
The lead ship was the Blairmore, on which he served. He was informed that 85 percent of them would die, but this did not happen.
After discharge, Bruce returned to work for the 0 & M Paper Company, where he worked at many different jobs, mainly as a very gifted tinsmith.
On July 4, 1952, Bruce married Mary E. Evans, daughter of Percy and Florence Evans at the Baptist Church on Scott Street. They settled at 1021 River Rd. W. in Fort Frances.
He was a devoted member of the local camp of the Gideons International in Canada. Bruce also served for many years as a deacon for Bethel Baptist Church. He was faithfully involved with Sunny Cove Baptist Camp, Northern Echo canoe trips for teens, and KBHW Christian radio.
Bruce supported many Christian mission projects, and encouraged and helped financially those attending Christian colleges and higher education.
He also was involved with the Horticultural Society, CNR Heritage Board CN Station, and a founding member of the Fort Frances Museum.
He was a very caring man who loved people and spent time in prayer for them. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, and especially spending time with family.
His life motto was “helping others and sharing his best friend, Jesus Christ.”
Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 2007 from 7-8:30 p.m at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007 at l0 a.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Frances. Pastor Ken Johnson will officiate, followed interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
In memoriam, donations can be made through the Gideon In Memory Cards, Gideons International, c/o Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.