R.A. Bruce McDonald June 30, 1939 - March 4, 2013 Born June 30, 1939 to Theresa and F.J. Bruce McDonald, Bruce grew up with his brother, Ian, and sister, Debbie. Bruce began his laudable career aspirations on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Since then he lived and worked throughout Geneva, London, Rome, Bermuda, and New York.
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Bruce moved to Vancouver in the late 1970's and commenced merchant banking operations, quickly becoming a prominent force in the Vancouver resource sector. Founding Golden Knight Resources Inc. in 1982, Bruce was primarily responsible for its discovery of the Casa Berardi Gold Mine. Throughout his enterprising 40 year career, Bruce founded Noramco Capital Corp., and raised considerable financings to assist in companies' development and expansion in the telecommunications, retail, service, and oil and gas industries.
Bruce married Willie McDonald on March 24, 1984 with whom he raised their two children, Morgan and Ian McDonald. Bruce relished a good read, colourful conversation, and time spent with friends and family. Together, the family enjoyed his passions for travelling, yachting, and Thoroughbred racing.
After a life thoroughly lived with beloved family and friends, it is with heartfelt sadness we announce that Bruce passed away peacefully at the age of 73. He is predeceased by his parents and brother, Dr. Ian McDonald, and is survived by his loving wife, Willie, his children Mark, Morgan, and Ian McDonald, as well as his dear sister, Debbie (King) and nephew Christopher.
A memorial service and celebration will take place on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at the family's home: 6975 Balaclava Street, Vancouver, B.C. As Bruce was not one to shy away from a good story, we encourage all to share their tales over their years with Bruce. Condolences and anecdotes may be shared at www.imorial.com/rabrucemcdonald/.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Mar. 16, 2013