Bruce Herridge

7/22/1940 - 6/15/2017

Obituary Overview

In Loving Memory

Robert “Bruce” Herridge passed away peacefully on Thursday,June 15 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bruce was a retired District Chief from the City of Mississauga Fire Department. 

Bruce is predeceased by his father Lloyd, mother Viola, and brothers Don and Jim.  He has gone to be re-united with wife Nora who passed away in 2011. 

Survived by his daughter, June (George) and granddaughter Melissa, daughter Kim (Gary), grandchildren Brad and Samantha and 3 great grandchildren, and daughter Christine (Richard) and their son Nicholas.

Joining to say farewell is his sister Lois (Jim), his brother Ross (Barbara) and sister Jane (Bill). 

Bruce enjoyed the simple things in life and could be found on a tractor planting, at the race track or at the casino.  He considered himself fortunate to have seen all life offered and never felt cheated despite all the health issues that he endured. He was a strong, quiet man who lived his life on his own terms.  He had life long friends and a large, extended family who will miss him immensely.

Our gratitude to Dr. Bolland, Dr. Beecroft, Dr. Pyle, nurses Jadwiga, Michelle and Erwin as well as the personal support workers who allowed him to fulfill his last wish to die peacefully at home.   

Visitation will be Tuesday June 20 1-3 and 6-8.  A public celebration of Bruce's life will be held Wednesday June 21 at 11:00 a.m. With the burial to follow at Spring Creek Cemetery and a reception to follow at Otello's Banquet Hall.  All are welcome. 

Donations can be made to the Mississauga Firefighters Benevolent Fund or the cancer charity of your choice. 

Funeral Details

  • Viewing

    Glen Oaks Funeral Home

    Event Times

    6/20/2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    6/20/2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service

    Glen Oaks Funeral Home

    Event Times

    6/21/2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Burial

    Spring Creek Cemetery

    Event Times

    6/21/2017 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Reception

    Otello's Banquet Hall

    Event Times

    6/21/2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Posted by Norm Fayle | 6/18/2017

Where do I start. Bruce/Spyder/ D.C. Herridge, as many of us came to know him, was not only a mentor but became a good friend too. It definitely was a pleasure working with Bruce at Stn. 114 for so many years. His guidance and friendship throughout the years working in the Fire Service with him, will never be forgotten. I remember joking with him about sick days. I would say, Chief I need you to read this. Looking up at me over his reading glasses, he would say, what now Normy? While reading the note, he would start smiling when he realized it was a Doctor's note that said, due to a rare illness, Norm would require an extensive period of time off to recuperate in Florida or at his cottage. Signed by my Russian Doctors, Winteroff or Summeroff . And when he would want me to fill in at Station 119 at the airport I would give him a Doctor's note which said that Norm couldn't work close to an airport as he would get severe neck pain from ducking his head when a plane flew over. This severe and very rare condition, is known as "Flyby". What makes giving him these notes so ironic, is that, many years later, after being promoted to Captain and having to move to another hall, we were at an awards dinner in our dress uniforms and Bruce called me over. He said, hey Normy, come here. I went over and he opened his tunic, reached into an inside pocket and pulled out those very same notes. We had a good laugh. I couldn't believe he had kept them all those years. What great times we had. My wife Laurie-Anne and I really enjoyed our date nights, going to Mohawk Raceway with the him and the gang for dinner. I had a sort of, I guess you could call it, a Father/son relationship with him, getting to know his great family and helping with some renovations at his home on Ninth Line. A Father figure to be proud of. It's so sad that the real good ones have to leave us. Rest in Peace my friend. Retired Capt. Norm Fayle

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Posted by Patti Abbs Miller | 6/18/2017

Well Bruce, I'll never forget about 50 years ago when I was only 10, I had an accident driving your snowmobile and was so afraid to tell you. You just quietly listened while I told you what happened, and then you asked me if anyone was hurt. When I replied no, with many tears, you just said, " then there's nothing to worry about then.!" We have since chuckled over that one a few times!

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