The heady scent of lilacs permeated Interlakes Hall on June 15, when friends came to celebrate the life of Bruce (Kiwi) McIntosh, who passed away Sept. 25, 2012 at the age of 70.
Photos filled a large, beautifully designed and decorated folder, telling the story of Bruce’s life.
Born in Lower Hutt, near Wellington, New Zealand in 1942, Bruce moved to Australia in 1966 and then immigrated to Canada in 1967.
In 1992, Bruce married Langley resident, Mieke, and on his retirement in 1996, he and his “bride” as he always called her, moved to his cabin on Sheridan Lake’s south shore, with no services, and where they became deeply involved with Interlakes Snowmobile Club.
A few years later, the couple moved to East Sheridan Lake Road, together with “all mod cons,” and where Bruce founded “Sheridan Solar Energy.”
Master of ceremonies Jamie Hawkins, Mieke’s son, spoke to a roomful of friends from as far away as Auckland, N.Z., and Seattle, Washington, as well as all points around British Columbia. Jamie emotionally referred to his mother’s marriage as “the happiest 20 years of her life.”
Bruce’s sister-in-law, Eileen McIntosh, from Auckland, gave the eulogy and read a poem. This was followed by previous resident and musician Gil Vidler who had travelled from Enderby to commemorate his friend with “Dust in the Wind” and “Happy Trails.”
A particularly good photo of Bruce stood beside a huge floral tribute at the front of the hall, from whence many other friends recalled joyous occasions.
The memorial card included a “Scottish blessing” and the poem, In his Garden, was superimposed on an old photo of ski-instructor Bruce “catching big air,” which went a long way towards depicting his natural fearlessness.
In closing, guests raised a small glass of beer to thank Bruce for the many happy memories he had created.