Bruce AndyAndrew (Andy) Bruce, 80, of Carman died peacefully on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Carman Hospital.

Andy was born June 17th, 1936 in Carman, MB to Charlie and Alice Bruce, the youngest of six children. He married Carrol Gray on July 14th, 1962 in Carman. Their early time together was spent on the road with Andy working for Keating Brothers and GMW.  In October, 1963, while in Carman, they welcomed their daughter Heather. Soon after, they settled in Gladstone for 10 years where Andy served as Foreman of the RM for 5 years. In May 1967, their son David was born. Andy and Carrol moved their family back to Carman in 1973 where Andy would begin his 28 years of service as Foreman for the RM of Dufferin. Andy acquired quite a fleet of Cat equipment during this time, as in his opinion; there was nothing else worth operating.

After a few years of living at the RM shop, Andy and Carrol moved to Graysville, where they would stay until Carrol retired from teaching in 1995. That year, they purchased their new trailer and returned home to Carman, where they could enjoy many hours picking apples, tending to his hedge, and sitting on their back deck visiting with lifelong friends. Andy retired from the RM in 2001, but continued to travel and assess the gravel roads in the area for many years later while driving the potato truck for River Trail.

Andy built himself a double car garage that for 21 years in Carman, had nothing but Ford vehicles in it. Andy was never interested in looking at off-brand vehicles - more concerned asking "is it running ok"? Andy performed many oil changes in his garage and had built himself up quite a tool collection that he was very proud of, and he knew exactly where everything was, so you had better ask before borrowing.

Andy’s work ethic was unmatched. At 75 years old, he helped build a barn and string fence. At 79, he was still blowing snow and cutting grass for all the neighbours, and of course it had to be John Deere. He never wanted anything in return, and no one ever had to ask – it was just done.

Andy loved animals and Carrol made sure he always had carrots in his pockets when he visited the horses. The families’ dogs that have come and gone over the years, always had a way of finding a way onto his big black leather chair to sit with him, and even though he and Carrol chased the cats away from their own back yard, the farm cats always got a friendly scratch.

Grandchildren were Andy’s pride and joy. While he wasn’t much of a babysitter, he was sure to be seen at all of the kids sporting events and school concerts. Andy passed his love of golf onto Dayne, and the two of them could often be found hitting balls into the field from the back yard.

There were several visits to Tinker Town over the summers. Grandpa didn't mind heights. He and his granddaughter Lynley liked to ride the Ferris wheel. Grandson Arin spent many hours in the kitchen with grandma. Grandpa enjoyed keeping an eye on their shenanigans and being the taste tester. He probably loaded the dishwasher for them because nobody could load it properly.

Dad was very particular about how his hair looked ensuring that all the pieces were in the right spot. Dad only allowed the granddaughters to mess it up, even getting pig tails on special occasion. Dad had a sweet tooth leaving lots of room for mom's desserts. After lunch he would head to his chair for a nap holding onto the tv remote as he slept. Dad liked to watch Mackenzie excel at sports. In their down time, the two of them could be found sitting on upside down 5 gallon pails on the driveway husking corn. Meghan always stayed in touch with her grandparents. Grandma and grandpa enjoyed hearing school stories, how her hockey team was doing and of course, how many goals did she get.

Dad loved life, enjoyed visits with friends and family, got a charge out of playing pranks and having pranks played on him, going for coffee but looking for 'a good coffee deal', swearing at the daily Free Press news, an avid fan of the Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers. Everyone will have a fond remembrance of dad and surely a funny story.

Andy is survived by his wife Carrol, two children Heather (Bob) Hiebert and David (Lisa) Bruce; and 5 grandchildren Lynley (Riley), Arin (Ryan), Meghan, Mackenzie and Dayne.

A graveside service was held Thursday, November 17th at Greenwood Cemetery.

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