Norman Drake Bruce

15/12/1999 - 27/09/2020

Obituary for Norman Drake Bruce

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dearly loved Norman Drake Bruce on September 27, 2020 at the age of 20 years.

Born December 15, 1999 at 11:11am in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Drake was a loving, gentle, funny soul. He had a huge heart and felt deeply. He loved his family most of all. His family and anyone who met him, loved him. He had a wonderful soul, amazing fashion sense and a deep love of family and friends. He loved playing hockey and was a favorite to watch play. Big hits – Big heart. He enjoyed a good boxing match.

He was strong in body and spirit. There will be a huge hole in our families and friends’ hearts. Taken too soon. Drake you are greatly loved and will be lovingly remembered. Saying we love you just doesn’t feel like enough. You are forever in our hearts.

Drake is survived by his mother Jennifer Lee Bruce, father Norman Chase Smith, grandparents Shelly (John) Vandepol and Connie Smith (Eric Moses), Norman and Virginia Apsassin, his siblings Kael and Zachary Bruce, along with his aunties Amanda Smith, Rae-ann Smith, Kyla Apsassin, Krystal, Oker, Tashina Williams, Toni Vandepol, Theresa Vandepol, Sari Bilodeau (Mike Bilodeau) and Misty-rain Apsassin, followed by his uncles Tyler Aspassin, Dustin Apsassin, Grandma Virginia, Kane Bruce (Dianne Horseman), Taylor Vandepol as well as many other uncles, aunties and cousins.

He was pre-deceased by great grandparents Judy Olson and Hilda (Leonard) Cummings, great-grandfathers Bill Bruce, and his cousin Colby Smith.

A wake will be held starting at 7pm Sunday October 4, 2020 at Bear Creek Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 5th at 1pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home (11802 99 Avenue in Grande Prairie). Limit 90 guests due to COVID-19 restrictions.

To my Son,
You're finally here,
Fulfilling all hopes
When I hold you near.
We share a bond
That can't be broken,
You're like a gift
That's just been opened.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. My condolences to the family/friends of Drake. Your in my thoughts/prayers/
- Rachel
My deepest condolences to the whole family. Shelley, know that you are all in our hearts and our prayers are with you in this difficult time.
- Wanda Rogers
So sorry for your loss, Shelly, Connie ,Eric,Also the parents of Norman Drake Bruce ,god be with you all at this time Audrey & Bruce Rose & Kim King.
- Audrey Rose

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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