We lost our father, Donald Bruce Haggerstone, on December 29th, 2019. Bruce passed away peacefully with family at his bedside in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island.
Bruce was born in Pioneer Mine on September 20, 1948, the eldest of Edwin (Ted) George and Winifred (Wyn) Alice Haggerstone’s four children - Bruce, Jain, John and James Haggerstone. Following the closure of Pioneer Mine the family, with Bruce a young child, moved to Revelstoke. It was in Revelstoke that Bruce developed his passion for the outdoors while cycling, hiking, skiing, and climbing in the Selkirk Mountains often in the company of his close friend, David Jones.
Young adulthood found him expanding his horizons with university, travel and work further from his hometown. Bruce graduated from the University of British Columbia, where he studied Geography, then went on to complete a Masters of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University.
Returning to the west coast, he moved with his young family to Bowen Island, where he combined his wide-ranging personal and professional interests into a rich life full of family, friends, music, community projects, design work, and outdoor activities.
Bruce is survived by his children, Sarah, Travis and Taryn Haggerstone, his common-law partner, Robbins Harris and his brothers, John and James Haggerstone, and sister, Jain Haggerstone.
We will be celebrating Bruce’s life at Collins Hall, Bowen Island on February 29th at 1:00 pm. Following his celebration we will be serving some of his favorite treats, sharing more memories and singing a few of his favorite songs. This summer we will be gathering in Revelstoke to scatter his ashes and hope to host a small gathering then. If you wish to honor his life we would be very appreciative if donations could be made in his name to the Pacific Parkinsons Research Centre.
To send flowers to Bruce's family, please visit our floral section.
Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre
M36, Purdy Pavilion University Hospital, UBC Site 2221 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 2B5