It is with great sadness that we, the family of the late Bruce James Billett, say goodbye to a beloved Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and True Friend to all who know him. If you knew him, you were lucky as Bruce would do anything and everything for anyone. An avid fisherman and hunter, he loved nothing more than sitting in his blind with Bradley at the farm or catching the big ones at his secret fishing spot with Bernie.
We said goodbye to Bruce on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney.
Bruce spent his entire career as a master craftsman, finishing his career at Sydney Millwork which he managed for many years. Evidence of his skill is very much on display in many of the existing structures around Cape Breton.
Born on January 18, 1938 in Amherst, Bruce was the son of the late Chris and Cora Mae Quaade.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Clara (MacDougall); daughters, Paula (David Dodick) and Cora Lee (John Pino); son, Bradley (Brenda); his grandchildren, whom he truly treasured and adored, brought him much joy and laughter, Samson, Sydney, Jennifer (Tyler Foley), Cory, Chelsea, Maira and Keira; great-grandchildren, Tyson and Sequoia; brother, Peter; sisters, Joan, Shirley Ann, Mira and Ellen; sisters-in-law, Rose MacNeil, Winnifred Gallivan, Kaye MacDougall and brother-in-law, Sham MacDougall.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Bruce James Billett will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), Whitney Pier on Saturday, October 5, 2019. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 12 noon to 1 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Light refreshments will be served following the service in the reception area of the funeral home. Private family burial will take place at a later date.
Donations in memory of Bruce, can be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Pier Community Funeral Home.
Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
Clara and family I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most sad and difficult time. RIP Bruce
From: Josephine Mac Neil, Big Pond
Our deepest condolences to all of the Billett family. We were so,very sadden to hear of your loss.
May God Bless you all & know that we are in deep thought for you…
From: Valerie Clarke Simpson
Deepest sympathy to all of you. May he rest in peace .
From: Janice (Farmer) MacDonald
Very sorry for your loss
From: Kevin Stevens
So sorry for your lost
From: Diane Marie Saunders
Clare, Paula, Brad Cora Lee and families,
We were so very sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. It is so hard to lose such an important person in your life, take comfort in all the wonderful memories. Thinking of you all.
From: Darlene (MacPhee) and Gary Jennings
Cora Lee, and Family, our condolences to you on the passing of your father, may all your fond memories of him give you comfort and peace at this time.
From: Bob and Carol Adams
Clara, Paula, Bradley and Cora Lee and families:
Our condolences at this time of sorrow. We know the pain is real however we know when people pass and leave this world what they leave behind always remains. The lives they touch and the kindness they share remains forever. Bruce was a True Gentleman.
May God bless and comfort you all during this difficult time.
From: Faith, Tim, Mattew and Danielle Penny
Clara, Paula, Bradley and Cora Lee:
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Bruce. As neighbours for 44 years, we can truly attest to the fact that he would do anything and everything for anyone and that he was a True Gentleman.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May God grant you strength and peace to get through today, tomorrow and all the days to come.
With deepest sympathy, God Bless
From: Gerald and Theresa Miller
Dear Clara and Children: My sincere condolences to you and your family. I was an acquaintance of Bruce and enjoyed discussing hunting with him. Again, I am sorry for your loss. Sincerely,
From: Hugh McLeod
Sorry I can not be there today as flying in to Sydney later this evening. Hope to see all over the next few days. My heart goes out to all as Bruce was a big brother to me and will be remembered always.
From: Shirley Quaade
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Please accept our deepest condolences.
From: Cedric and Eleanor Jones