Metis Veteran Laid to Rest

February 26, 2015

Metis veteran Private Robert Bruce has passed away at age 93.

After a full life World War II Metis veteran Private Robert Bruce has been laid to rest.  We are deeply saddened by his passing on February 18, 2015.

Born in Sturgeon Valley, Saskatchewan, Robert joined the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in 1941 at the age of 19. He served overseas in Continental Europe.  During his time in the United Kingdom he met and married his war bride Lorna.

For his dedicated service in freedom’s fight, Private Bruce received The Canadian Voluntary Service Medal plus clasp, the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star and the Defence Medal.  He was honourably discharged on December 8th, 1945.

In November 2009 Robert joined a delegation of Metis Nation citizens at the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to Metis veterans at the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.

Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand believes the heroic contributions and self-sacrifices of Metis veterans like Private Robert Bruce and those who died at Juno Beach on D-Day are among the most selfless acts our present generation has ever seen.

"Let us carry their memories in our hearts to ensure their efforts were not in vain as they accomplished so much and left a lasting legacy of freedom, peace and hope to all of us,” said President Chartrand during the unveiling.

Private Robert Bruce was laid to rest in Winnipeg on February 25.  He leaves to mourn Lorna, his wife, his children and a large family of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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