S. BRUCE MCLAUGHLIN 1926 - 2012 Bruce passed away peacefully on the morning of July 23, predeceased by his sisters Violet, Ivy and Margaret and his brothers Reg, Ernie and Don. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia and their children Laurel (Nicolaas), Joanne (Kieran), Stuart (Della), Pamela and Julie (Greg) and grandchildren Quinn, Kendra, Colin, Mara, Calla, Aeron, Aiden, Elena, Silver, Storm, and Melisande. Bruce was attended by his loving family and dear friend, Richard Kruger. He will be sadly missed and remembered always for his 'joie de vivre', love of music and passion for philosophy that he was always willing to share with others. His grandchildren continue to fondly recite the many bits of wisdom he frequently offered. Besides being a lifelong member of the Mississaugua Golf Club, Bruce was an avid outdoorsman. He had a love of horses whether riding himself as master of the hunt or supporting Canadian competitive riders in pursuit of excellence. He was a founding Director of the Canadian Horse Council and the Honorary Organization of Volunteers for the Equestrian Sport (HOOVES). He served as the head of the Canadian Equestrian Three Day Event Team at Pan Am Games, Olympic Games and World Championships where the team earned a gold medal in 1978. Bruce had the great honour to serve on the Jury of Appeal at the World Championships, at the Burghley Horse Trials, England. Few had a more full and complete life. Through his outstanding business career Bruce had a tremendous impact. As a man with vision, his community was large, it was Canada. Acknowledged as the Father of the City of Mississauga, builder of Square One Shopping Centre and constructor of the Mississauga City Core, Bruce had an outstanding career across the country from coast to coast. As someone who always tried to make life better for others he was a mentor, leader, philanthropist, community activist and author. He helped form the Mississauga Board of Trade, instigated the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and led a Mississauga United Way campaign. He was a member of the President's Circle of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation, Past President of Lambda Alpha International, member of the Urban Land Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a Kentucky Colonel, a Knight Commander of The Military and Hospitaller of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, member of the Law Societies of Peel and Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. A past member of the Young Presidents' Organization he graduated to the World Presidents' Organization and was recognized by the World Business Council. A Lifetime Member Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Appleby College and a Member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, Bruce had a never ending thirst for knowledge. This quest was exercised through reading, global travels and conversations with great leaders. Bruce MCLaughlin left his mark. He was a visionary with compassion for his fellow man. Always spreading joy, Bruce expressed genuine kindness to many, particularly those in need, exercising this support in an understated manner. None of this was outdone by his deep, profound and unwavering love for his family. Bruce is finally at peace after a valiant fight. Bruce will be celebrated in a private family service on Friday, July 27, 2012. Arrangements by Neweduk-Erin Mills Chapel/Turner and Porter, Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bruce MCLaughlin Cardiac Fund at www.trilliumgiving.ca/donation/memory or by contacting the Trillium Health Centre Foundation at 905-848-7575. Special thanks to his many care givers including Silva and Tatsiana and Doctors Seguin, Kimball, and Newman.
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Published in the Toronto Star from July 25 to July 26, 2012