RASKOB, Bruce Richard
With great sadness, the family and friends of Bruce Richard Raskob announce his death in Vancouver on August 11, 2013, after a lengthy, courageous, and good-humoured battle with cancer. Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, September 3, 1951, Bruce was raised in Saskatoon, where he excelled at sports and academics. This combination of abilities gained him a hockey scholarship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and he proudly played for Saskatchewan in the Canada Winter Games. Injuries ended his hockey career, but not his competitive spirit. Bruce later attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature. He worked in that field in Libya and at Keyano College in Alberta before settling in Vancouver, teaching since 1991 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His love of words was complemented by a love of art and music, all of which enriched his life significantly. The same is true of his enduring love of cars, most recently a red Porsche that he enjoyed immensely. Bruce is survived by his cherished family, son Alec, daughter Emily, and their mother Gail, as well as his parents Blanche and Greg, brother Brian, and sisters Beverly and Brenda, their spouses Diane, Ralph and Mark, and his beloved nieces and nephews. A self-described curmudgeon, he expressed his love for them with steady, calm persistence and occasional good- natured teasing, to the benefit of everyone concerned. The seemingly endless number of Bruce's friends, from childhood and college mates to professors, colleagues and former students to goaltenders who faced his sharp-shooting skills, is testimony to his integrity, his wry wit, and his charm, all of which will be sorely missed. The family wishes to thank the caregivers who worked to make his illness bearable for him, as Bruce, with dignity and generosity of spirit intact, endeavoured to comfort those around him. A celebration of his life will be held at the University Club, University of Saskatchewan Campus, in Saskatoon on Sunday, September 1, 2013, at 1:00 p.m.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2013