Bruce McAllister Falconer was born January 24, 1941, in Fort Macleod, Alberta to Doris and Bob (Robert) Falconer. Bruce was doted on immensely by his parents as he was an only child. His mother was a homemaker who made all 3 meals every day, complete with pie or cake. His father was the town dentist.
Bruce spent his early years riding bikes, playing cowboys with friends in the river bottom, and looking for arrowheads. Bruce had a love for animals and nature that probably began with the family hunting dog and his own faithful companion, Bing. Bob, Bruce, and Bing enjoyed hunting and fishing together. During Bruce's teen years he was selected as one of two young men to attend an international Boy Scout jamboree in the U.S A. While in attendance he made a swap and received a Bowie knife in return. This knife remained a treasured possession through life.
Bruce was an excellent student who showed a flair for the arts through painting and poetry. Many years later he also took up photography. After graduation, Bruce, and his new wife Patti, moved to Edmonton so that he could attend the University of Alberta. After obtaining his degree, he pursued a career in pharmacy that led the young family to Calgary, where he spent the next 30 years working for various drugstore chains. During his early years in Calgary, he and Patti raised 2 sons, Robert Bruce and Alexander Bennet. After 15 years, he and Patti divorced.
Bruce's passion for the outdoors leads him to start a hunting group that he named "The Rocky Mountain Side Hill Gougers." There were about two dozen members that hunted in groups together and gathered for an annual awards ceremony after the season closed. Bruce designed and fabricated awards that were given out for the best mule deer, black bear, etc. These awards once again showed his artistic side.
Bruce met Donna and they soon became a couple and married after a few years. The couple enjoyed annual spring bear hunts, falls salmon fishing in the Queen Charlotte Islands, as well as trips to the Yukon, Alaska, and south to Corpus Christi, Texas. They enjoyed shorter trips to places like Waterton, Kalispell, and Writing on Stone Provincial Park after moving to the acreage in Fort MacLeod in 1991. Living in Fort Macleod allowed Bruce the space and enjoyment of starting a fruit orchard, gardening in his greenhouse, and rescuing strays; many of whom became household pets. Bruce and Donna’s Day trips to Waterton inspired Bruce to start painting again, which he continued to do throughout his retirement until health made it no longer possible. He also enjoyed target practicing and helping neighbors control their gopher populations.
In 2016, Bruce and Donna sold their beloved acreage in exchange for the townhouse in Coleman, nestled in the valley between the mountains. Bruce was content, surrounded by the natural beauty and picturesque scene from his living room window, occasional outings to Waterton Park, visits from family and friends, along with seasonal hunting and fishing excursions which continued after Donna's passing in2019
Bruce passed away on February 14, 2022. He was a father and stepfather to 5 children, grandfather to 9, and great grandfather to 2
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 5th Avenue, Fort Macleod, AB.
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