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Bruce Meldrum Buchanan, June 5, 1968 - June 2, 2017.

It is with profound sadness that the family of Bruce Buchanan announces his sudden passing on Friday June 2nd, 2017 at the age of 48. Bruce died as a result of depression, after successfully managing bouts with the disease for many years.

Bruce was a devoted husband to his soul mate, Nicola. His greatest joy and gift to the world was his daughters, Emily and Meg. His bond with school friends was strong and he equally cherished the new friends he met along the way. He will be remembered fondly for his love of games, music and literature and was always the first to join in a game with his nieces and nephews. Bruce had a passion for golf and enjoyed fishing and camping during the summer months. He will be dearly missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Bruce was born and raised in Edmonton where he became an exceptional student and athlete, excelling in English and playing both soccer and hockey at a competitive level. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree, and later completed a Master's degree in Education while teaching and working as principal for Rundle College in Calgary. While at Rundle, he coached the senior high school boy's volleyball team for many successful seasons and influenced the lives and trajectory of many young students. Bruce leaves us with a legacy of learning, and the fostering of community.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife Nicola, as well as his cherished daughters, Emily and Meg, brothers Ian (Cindy) and Rob, sister Carolyn (John), and father David. A loving and devoted extended family includes mother-in-law Rita, sister-in-law Michelle, brother-in-laws Jim and Michael, and many nieces, nephews, and a grandniece.

A memorial will be held for family and friends on Monday June 12th that 2pm at River Park Church, 3818 14A St. SW Calgary. A subsequent Celebration of Life for all students, staff, parents and alumni will be held at Rundle College (7375 17th Ave SW) at 6:30 pm on June 13.t.h

Some of the consequences of Bruce's death are still unknown. A trust fund has been established to support the family through this time. For donation instructions to the trust held at ATB please email

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Published in Calgary Herald from Jun. 8 to Jun. 10, 2017.
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July 15, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I send my condolences. I am a soon-to-be grade 8 student at Rundle College and Mr. Buchanan was an amazing principal as well as a friend. Again, so sorry for your loss.
- Naiya M
Naiya Martin
June 30, 2017
There are educators and there are teachers. Bruce was both. He was a man of passion and intellect. He was caring and calm and he was he was the face of Rundle Junior High. His legacy and his love for the school will be felt forever in the students lives he impacted. He was a coach, a mentor and a leader who touched the lives of so many. In a building of intensity, he was the calm and the hope for those, adults and students, who looked for a leader who was inspiring and caring.
My heart goes out to Nicola, Meg and Emily. The love your dad had for you was witnessed in every act and every word he shared with and about you. He beamed at your success and applauded your efforts in school, sport and life.
This loss has hit all of you and it has impacted a village, community, a city and the nation, as people reach out to share the impact so many.
There will never be enough words to express show very sorry we are for your loss and to take way the pain. But know that you are all loved and that his spirit has touched thousands of lives.
In our prayers and our thoughts.
Brenda English
Brenda English
June 23, 2017
My heartfelt sympathies to the family during this difficult time may prayers to the God of all comfort strengthen you. He promises, "I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. I am healing you."
(2 Kings 20:5)
June 19, 2017
Dear Nicola,
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your girls. We always enjoyed our rounds of golf with the two of you. May you be comforted by the love of family and friends.
Larry and Ellen Taylor
June 19, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that I extend my condolences to the Buchanan family - especially Nicola, Emily, Meg and Carolyn.
I can't imagine the sadness you are all feeling, but I know how strong of a family you are, and I know you will hold eachother up through this time. I will always remember Bruce fondly for his silly and competitive spirit at family occasions!
Thinking of you all, xo
Reanne Eisler
June 15, 2017
Dearest Nicola and family,

We carry this burden with you and will always remember Bruce in our hearts. He was the perfect head of Junior High School. Feared just enough to be effective and knew how to address the many different situations one faces in that role. He had a positive impact on our two girls during their time at Rundle. Taken from our world too soon.

Our deepest condoléances.
Véronique, Chris, Nicole and Isabelle Perks
June 14, 2017
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Mr. Buchanan was a wonderful teacher. He challenged us to do our best, and he backed that up with such genuine encouragement and investment in our education and well being. His kindness and dedication made such a difference in my high school years, and I'm heartbroken to learn that he had been struggling with depression. I'm thinking of your family and wishing you moments of peace and loving memories.
June 13, 2017
Dear Nicola,

I'm so sorry to hear about Bruce, and very sad to think how much he must have been suffering. I remember him from junior high and high school as being a genuinely good guy and fine, kind person.

May all the memories of the joy and good times you have shared, help to carry you and your families through this and to soften your sadness.
Lisa Pidruchney
June 12, 2017
My deepest condolences for the Buchanan family, Nicola, Emily and Meg. Mr Buchanan was a man that definded Rundle for me. He was always a smiling face in and around the hallways, never failed to help out a student when needed and always worked his hardest everyday. I remember my first math test in grade 7, he approached me at my locker and congratulated me for my great work. It made Rundle feel like a close community when he had already known my name within the first few days of my Rundle journey. Rest In Peace❤
Lauren Munroe
June 12, 2017
My heart broke for your family when I read about the passing of Mr. Buchanan as a result of his struggle with the disease of depression. I just lost my mom to depression two months ago.

During my time at Rundle College, Mr. Buchanan went totally out of his way by spending several extra lunch hours with me working on my reading comprehension skills for several months prior to the diploma exam. He made my weakest subject enjoyable and helped me to succeed. He was a memorable teacher.

My sincere condolences to your family. Take care of yourselves.
Bri Verstraten
June 12, 2017
Sending our heartfelt sympathy to The Buchanan Family and especially to Nicola, Emily and Meg. We are so sorry for your heart breaking loss. Mr. Buchanan was an extraordinary man who will be greatly missed by all of us in the Rundle College community.
The Burgess Family
June 12, 2017
I am overwhelmed with how it makes my heart ache to hear that Bruce is gone. It is a tragedy and awful to imagine that his misery felt insurmountable.

I wish to send heartfelt condolences to the Buchanan and Spencer families. I am so sorry for the profound loss Nicola and her daughters are feeling now. Bruce must have been a great father, husband and teacher. I hope you find some comfort in the fact that he will always endure in the legacy of the girls. I hope that in time your happy memories with him will help the pain subside.

I remember Bruce as a kind, witty, funny and sweet person. We went to school together since elementary and I feel fortunate to have so many fond memories of a bunch of us spending time during the carefree days of youth. For me, he will always be a bright light in those memories.

It is so painfully heartbreaking to say goodbye. For him to leave so young, I feel inadequate to describe the depth of loss to the world.

Bruce, you are a gentle soul and will be forever missed by all who knew you.
Leah Carlson
June 12, 2017
Nicola, Meg and Emily want to pass on our deepest regrets and condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. So many wonderful memories from the years sitting in the stands while Meg and Christiana played basketball together. We hope you will find strength and peace in this difficult time.
- The Bellusci Family
June 12, 2017
Our family is so sad to hear about the passing of such a devoted man. Rundle will feel his loss for years to come. May his family be comforted in his love for them.
Susan Parker
June 12, 2017
So very sorry to hear the sad news about Bruce! He was a good friend in high school and while I haven't kept in touch, I'll always remember his great smile. Take care Nicola, thinking of you!
Alexandra Parr
June 11, 2017
I can't remember the last time I saw Bruce, he was probably only about 12 years old at the time. But I always had some idea of how his life was progressing due to regular contact with my friend Ian, one of Bruce's brothers.

I was impressed that Bruce chose teaching as a profession. It indicated to me a desire to help others, to give something back to the community, and from the many messages I've read in this guest book, it's clear that that is exactly what he did. His teaching, coaching and mentorship touched and enriched the lives of many others. The fact that he was able to do this, while coping with depression, speaks to the strength of his character and the size of his heart.

My sincerest condolences to all of Bruce's family and friends. May his spirit live on though all of you.
Jim Race
June 11, 2017
Dear Nicola and family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've not seen Bruce since high school, but I do remember our times in various classes and particularly sitting together in English. Funny how we both went on to become English teachers, something we likely would never have imagined at the time. The Bruce that I knew in high school was always kind, funny, and engaged. I'm sure he was a great teacher who has had a huge impact on the lives of his students.
Depression does not discriminate and its toll is a sad and brutal one on so many. We can choose, though, to remember Bruce through the light and joy he obviously brought to many, many people.

Thinking about you, your family, and Bruce's many friends, colleagues and students.

Paul Martin
June 11, 2017
Bruce Buchanan was truly a remarkable person and source of inspiration for so many of us at Rundle. His death has impacted so many of us, and we were so lucky to have such an incredible human being in our lives. Words are not enough to express this loss. We will not forget who he is and what he has done for us.
- a student
June 11, 2017
Dear Nicola and family,

There are simply no words to express the sadness in my heart about Bruce's passing. Though it's been many years since we've connected, his death strikes a deep chord. We all loved & admired him in high school for his humor, intelligence, talent, values and heart. And for being so damn cool.

Thank you for being open about Bruce's battle with Depression. Your honesty and bravery helps others in their struggle with this insidious illness.

I'm so very sorry, Nicola. You and your family are in my thoughts and I'm sending you so much love and strength now. Wishing you peace and light in the days to come.
Tina Emma Webb
June 10, 2017
We are so heart broken and sad for Nicola, Emily, Meg and your families . The loss of Bruce is just tragic for all that knew him. We had the privilege of knowing Bruce through Carolyn and John's many family gatherings. He was always so supporative and proud of not just his own girls but of his nephews and family as well. Mental illness is such a terrible disease that effects so many people in so many families. We hope that Bruce has found peace now and that his family with time can find peace and hope from the many wonderful memories they all have of Bruce. He will be missed by all who knew him.
June 10, 2017
Sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I fondly remember him from high school. My condolences to Nicola and his family.
David McNeilly
June 10, 2017
Nicola and family,

We are so very sad for your loss of such an amazing man in your lives. There are no words that will help your extreme grief and pain but know we are praying for you all in a very special way that you will find peace and strength.

God bless,
Clear WAter Academy staff, students and families
Mary Beth
June 10, 2017
Nicola, my sincerest condolences to you, your family and the Buchanan's. I am so sad to hear this and wish you all strength and peace in due time. I grew up with Bruce when we were really young as we were the only "little ones" on the street for a while.
Rhonda Dubois (Neufeld)
June 9, 2017 will be missed. Although we hadn't know each other very long, you touched the lives of those you played golf at Blue Devil. Rest in peace my friend!
Dave Bissett
June 9, 2017
Will always remember Bruce's quick wit and humour while teaching with him at North Peace for 5 years. So sorry for your lost.
Jim Lovell
June 9, 2017
Ever so sorry to hear of Bruce Passing, my heart is with you and the girls Nicola. Bruce was always one of the nicest guys at school! he will be surely missed. Try and keep strong during this very difficult time. My heart is with you. hugs always Myfanwy
June 9, 2017
What the hell?
I will always cherish growing up with you, playing hockey together all those years, and getting into all kinds of trouble together. You were one of the good guys. I hope you have found peace.
Dave Free
June 9, 2017
Nicola & family, My deepest sympathies.
I am so sad & shocked to hear of Bruce's passing. I'm so sorry for you, your girls & your family's loss. I remember Bruce all the way back from elementary & on as such a kind and thoughtful soul. Thinking of you, sending comfort & hugs your way. Take care. xoxnicola
Nicola Feilden
June 9, 2017
Very brave of the family to acknowledge depression as the issue. i applaud you for that. It is a nasty condition. To be so giving while dealing with chronic depression speaks volumes about his soul. Im only sorry I didn't know him.
June 9, 2017
I read this obituary; after seeing the photo of such a happy looking man. And then the following words of his bouts with depression tugged at my heart.
Years ago my uncle left us tragically, we didn't know he was also inwardly struggling. To the outside world he was such a happy, helpful person, with 2 young daughters of his own. At that time the cause of his death was covered up...
With your strength and honesty, my hope, like yours I know, is that someone else is able to receive the helping hand they themselves seem so eager to give. I hope your Bruce knew how profound his reach had been to date; these are glowing tributes.
a stranger
June 9, 2017
Nicola and family,

Bruce was like a second big brother to me growing up. He was ever present in our house and I remember him as a kind person with a great sense of humor and an infectious smile. I am so saddened by the news of his passing and I can't even comprehend the pain you must feel. I am very sorry for your loss and I only hope you find some comfort in knowing how loved he was by everyone. I hope he is at peace now and with those that have gone before him.
Kim Cunningham
June 9, 2017
You will be greatly missed. Thank you for being so kind and caring, for being a great coach, teacher and mentor. My son will miss his volleyball coach who taught him to be good person, student and athlete. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace
Diana B.
June 9, 2017
Mr Buchanan has touched the lives of so very many in the Rundle School community.. many more than I'm sure we can imagine. It is difficult to know what to say or how to say it. Please know that he will be missed by many and that he impacted many lives of young adolescents in these awkward years. Thank you for sharing his battle with depression... I have no doubt that this in itself may help others dealing with this difficult and complex illness.
June 9, 2017
To the Buchanan family,
This was such sad news for all of us. Mr. Buchanan was Adam's English teacher, as well as his coach for the senior volleyball and soccer teams. Those boys would have gone to the moon and back for Mr. Buchanan, they so admired and respected him. He was such a kind, loving and gentle soul. I can't begin to imagine your loss.
Bless you all...
Maureen Kammer
June 9, 2017
I had my first teaching experience at the age of 22 at Rundle College. Bruce acted as a mentor to be and showed me the ropes. 15 years later I still think of and use his best teaching practices. He was an influential part of my early years as a teacher. i will never forget him.
Leah Schmalenberg
June 8, 2017
June 8, 2017
Mr. Buchanan was an incredible teacher. I attended Rundle over a decade ago and have fond memories of being in his class. Was devastated to hear this awful news.
June 8, 2017
Nicola and family,
So shocked and saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. It is a terrible kind of illness that can take someone so sweet. I have the fondest of memories of Bruce from high school. The last time I saw him all he spoke was love for his kids and family. He was a proud husband and father.
Nicola, no words will suffice, but my condolences are for you and your girls,
Kathy Lukas
June 8, 2017
Dear Nicola, I am very saddened to hear about your loss. During my tenure at Rundle, Bruce was a great colleague, and helped me tremendously with references and encouragement as my carrier progressed. I am forever grateful for his counsel and friendship.
Elena Kubatka Willms
June 8, 2017

Our hearts are heavy with grief from the news of your departure. You touched the lives of everyone you encountered, as well as the lives of young students who looked up to you as a renound principal and coach at Rundle College. You left this earth too soon but we hope you are at peace now and know just how many people love and care for you. RIP dear friend, you will be greatly missed. God bless.

Nicola, Emily, Meg and family, we are sending you our utmost love and prayers and hope you are surrounded by the people who love you during this very difficult time. God bless you all.
Martina and Pietro Sarro
June 8, 2017
There simply are no words that can convey how heartbreaking, shocking, and tragic it was to hear this terrible news.

My heart is breaking for you, Nicola, and for your beautiful daughters, Emily and Meg. Your girls will carry on the legacy of their loving and kind-hearted father for generations to come. He will continue to live on through them and also through the memories and experiences that you've shared as a family.

Sincere condolences to both of your families, as well as to your closest childhood friends, many of whom Doug and I attended school with in Edmonton. It is clear that Bruce led a life filled with love and devotion to his family, outdoor adventures and academic and athletic pursuits, and dedication to the many students that he led and mentored over the years. At such an unbearably difficult time, I hope you find solace in the kind words of the many people whose lives Bruce touched, and some comfort in sharing and revisiting the good times that you've shared over the years.

You're in our thoughts and in our hearts as you go through this together. Beyond the clouds, however dark they might be, there is always blue sky.
Christine (Lyseng) & Doug Savage
June 8, 2017
Dear Nicola,
It was with profound sadness that I heard of Bruce's death. He was one of Russell's favorite teachers and always treated him with fairness and respect, so important as you know when a student's mother works at Rundle College. When working with me in admissions, Bruce was a true professional and he always made parents and prospective students feel welcome and worthy candidates.I can only imagine the grief you and your girls are experiencing. May you remain strong and cherish the memories of a truly kind and generous man.
Lynn Moriarity
June 8, 2017
Mr. Buchanan, you guided so many young people through the awkward and often difficult time of adolescence, with kindness and positivity. We need to do more to let people know how much they are valued and appreciated. You will be missed.
June 8, 2017
Dear Nicola & family
It saddens me to hear of Bruce's passing. I remember him from school as a kind and caring soul.
Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart
June 8, 2017
To the Buchanan family, and Rundle community:

It is with great sadness I am offering my deepest sympathies during this time of insurmountable loss.

With such tragic news, I am overcome with grief, but am also reminded of the wonderful presence our teacher had in the community.

I will never forget passing his room after school hours. He would be in there grading his student's English assignments with Billy Talent playing on full blast... "What a cool teacher", I'd think to myself.

Mr. Buchanan, you were beyond cool. You were a dedicated teacher who became a staple to many of our high school experiences and memories at Rundle. You will forever be missed, and your presence will forever be resounding in our community.

It is with a heavy heart that I am wishing you peace and solace.
Kristyn Pelletier
June 8, 2017
I am so sorry for this loss. He was a fantastic principle, he always seemed to be one of the only ones to understand that we were all just kids and kids do things that don't make sense. He was never scary to approach and smiled at everyone in the hallway. I have so much respect for this man. May he rest in peace.
June 8, 2017
Dear Nicola, Emily and Meg
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. I remember him from our days back in Edmonton as a fun, kind, athletic and talented man. You are in my thoughts.
Big Hugs to you all,
Rachel Maika (Brown) and family
Rachel Maika
June 8, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to the Buchanan family. He was such a wonderful principal who helped my child in difficult times. We will never forget how caring and concerned he was when dealing with issues of bullying. He will be greatly missed! Rest in Peace Mr. Buchanan.
June 8, 2017
My step-dad, Don Franklin, worked with Bruce for many years. With that, I want to extend my heart felt condolences to all of Bruce's family and friends. May you find strength tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today <3
Andrea Janisch
June 8, 2017
Dear Nicola, Emily and Meg,
We were saddened to learn of Bruce's passing, and the struggles he endured. We will remember him building and planting your front yard on Twintree! He was a gentle soul who always gave a smile and a wave.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Bruce!
Karen and Mike Budd
Karen de Villenfagne-Budd
June 8, 2017
June 8, 2017
Best Friends Forever
June 8, 2017
Our hearts are with you and your family, Nicola. Blue Devil will not be the same. We'll miss that smile and those long putts Bruce always seemed to pull off! We have fond memories or our golf rounds together and will hold them dearly. Sleep well, Bruce.
Blaine & Wendy Titterington
June 8, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Nicola and your family,Bruce was a very quite,kind man, I know all to well about mental health and depression, we lost our mom as well..
Sincerely Debbie & Peter Vettori
June 8, 2017
The Boy's
John Pierce
June 8, 2017
I am very sorry to hear of your loss.
Elaine Rempel
June 8, 2017
My deepest condolences to his immediate family. Bruce was a line mate in hockey for several years in South Edmonton. His smile was always present. Hugs and prayers to his family during this difficult time.
Kevin Mandeville
June 8, 2017
Nicola, Emily and Meg - This is such an incredible tragedy. Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow I feel for the Buchanan and Spencer families. Bruce was such a kind and endearing man who devoted his life to family, friends and helping others. I have always had enormous respect for Bruce and am deeply sadden that I will never have the chance to see or speak to him again. Please take strength from your family and friends. And may the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Much love from John, Lara and Addison.
John Pierce
June 8, 2017
You will be greatly missed. Thank you for being so kind and caring while you were here. I wish we knew how much you were suffering from the dreadful debilitating condition of depression. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace.
June 8, 2017
As a parent of two kids who recently graduated from Rundle College, I am extremely saddened to hear of Bruce's death. My deepest sympathy is extended to his wife and children. Depression is something that's needs to be talked about more openly. RIP Mr. Buchanan. Rob Lipman
Rob Lipman
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