Bruce Glen Larsen

16/07/1952 - 10/12/2020

Obituary For Bruce Glen Larsen

July 16, 1952 – December 10, 2020
Bruce Larsen, beloved husband, stepdad, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend died suddenly at home in Grande Prairie, AB of heart disease. He was 68.

Bruce was born in Westlock, AB to Palma (Pat) and Glen Larsen. He and his parents and his sister Kelly moved to Grande Prairie when Bruce was age 10. He attended the Grande Prairie Vocational High School to pursue his life-long interest in motor mechanics. He became a heavy-duty mechanic for Swan Buses and kept school buses running in frigid temperatures for many years. He went on to work for RailNet and eventually CN Rail. He was injured on the job and retired due to poor health when he was 64.

Bruce was first a friend to Beverly Edey and in the early 90’s they made the decision to share their lives. They moved in together in August of 1992. By 2008 he convinced Bev to marry him and they celebrated their wedding on July 26, in the back yard of Bev’s parents surrounded by family and friends.

Bruce was an environmentalist before the word was invented and passionately educated himself on many aspects of the topic. He embraced the life-long pursuit of knowledge in many areas. He continued to be a fan of motor sports and was one of those guys who could watch Formula One on TV.

Bruce is survived by his wife Bev Edey-Larsen, his sister Kelly Simmons and Kelly’s daughter and grand-son, his four step-children Gale (Mary) in Montana, Deniya (Jay) and their daughter Kayla in Calgary, Keehn (Nichole) and their children Cedric and Garien in Grande Prairie, and Brody in Grande Prairie. Bruce loved being a grandpa and his grandchildren loved him.

Bruce was a life-long dog-lover and was predeceased by his beloved dogs Dixie, Lady, Java, Bella and Yoda. Bruce was an exceptionally kind man and at one point his vet said, “In my next life, I’m coming back as your dog!” At the time of Bruce’s death his canine companion was Shelby, age 2. It was Bruce’s wish that there be no service to celebrate his life. He wished to be cremated and his ashes and the ashes of his dogs to be scattered.

Donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to Bandaged Paws in Grande Prairie and use the ATB Cares donate button (Bandaged Paws receives 100% of the donation and ATB will match 15% of every dollar donated). You may also send an e-transfer to

Bruce will be loved and missed always.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7772

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Dear Bev, we have been missing seeing Bruce walk Shelby past our place, as he used to do every day, and have been wondering how he is doing. A friend told us today that he passed away, and we are filled with great sadness. He always had a cheerful greeting for us when we were outside and our kids loved calling "Hi Bruce" out to him. We enjoyed the chats we've had with him, usually short, as the dogs didn't like him to stop too long, but always very loving and kind. He even shoveled our driveway one year on his own initiative, as we were gone for a couple weeks to visit family out of province. We will miss him very much! Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time! Love, the Gehring family in your neighborhood.
- Gehring family
My deepest condolences to the Larsen Family.
- Ferdie Golding
Dear Bev, Kelly and Family Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one, Bruce whose kindness extended far and wide, including my own very large family. There is only one quotation that comes to me when I think about all the memories that our family shared with Bruce, and it reads like this: "Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away. - Abraham Lincoln" I am grateful for having known Bruce for many years and the many, many kindnesses he extended to me and our family. Boni .
- Bonita Nowell
Condolences to Beverly and family from my family and me. We only knew Bruce for a short time but he impressed us as as a fine man, husband and step-father. He will be missed by more people than you may realize. Please take comfort in your memories of him. Harvey Stanich and family
- Harvey Stanich

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