Bruce Leigh McGhie
1940 - 2021
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Bruce Leigh McGhie was called home Saturday, April 24, 2021. He was surrounded by family in his final days. Bruce was born in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 23, 1940. He spent much of his life in Fairbanks, Alaska, while often vacationing to Hawaii and Colorado. He worked for the Teamsters at NOAA Gilmore Tracking Station for much of his life. At Gilmore Tracking Station he was a pioneer of Global Positioning Systems, although he never learned to use GPS. He retired from Gilmore with many dear friends. He also served in the Navy.
He was an avid NASCAR fan. Every Sunday he was waiting to watch the races. Bruce also enjoyed fishing in Alaska, feeding the birds with his grandchildren, barbecuing with friends and being with family. He loved to look out at the view from their home in Goldstream and look at the mountains. He spent his later years enjoying and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents, Bonnie McGhie and Norvel McGhie. He is survived by his wife, Debbie, and her daughter Jody; his three sons, Michael, Rob Roy (Kerry), Scott (Joanna) and his daughter Traci (Kevin); and nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Bruce leaves behind a legacy that will last for many years to come. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends. 
There will be a celebration of life for Bruce at Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, at the Moose Creek Pavilion from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 7. Please come and join us for a barbecue (dad's favorite) and sharing of his time with us.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 9, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
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May 10, 2021
Bruce McGhie was instumental in the sale of one of the Schneider lots in Shirlaheights Subdivision to Bill and Sherry Powell. He worked with Bill and Larry. The evening he pushed the purchase his actions set forth a series of occasions establishing a friendship between myself and Sherry. That was not the only moment his behavior had an effect on the Schneider household. One evening he had come by with the Powells and one of the Schneider daughters had crept out of bed and was coming down the stairs to the living quarters in the basement. She was wearing pajamas that were stretched, having seen better days. As she made her way down the stairs she placed one foot upon the weathered pajamas and tripped. She would have landed on her head and severely injured herself if Bruce had not leapt forward and caught her around the waist breaking her fall. Thank you Bruce. She was worth saving.
Shirley Schneider
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May 9, 2021
He was my dads best friend from Gilmore tracking station. Nicest guy you'd ever meet. Lots of memories of him at our house. Loved Bruce.
Janet Curtiss
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