Longtime volunteer passes
Bruce Foote remembered as dedicated, tireless and fun to be around
Family members and community leaders in Carbonear were heaping praise on longtime volunteer Bruce Foote last week.
Foote passed away June 4. He was 75 yearsof-age.
Foote’s wife of 52 years, Ada Foote, said she would miss her late husband’s kindness and love.
“He was a great man,” she told The Compass.
She described Bruce as a “wonderful provider, father and grandfather.”
His legacy was also being celebrated by those who served the community with him over the years.
Foote was a 45-year member of the Carbonear Lions Club, and held various executive positions, including president. He most recently served as treasurer, a role in which he excelled, said club president Les Caines.
“He was always friendly and always quipping with people,” said Caines. “He was fun to
“He was always friendly and always quipping with people. He was fun to be around.”
— Les Caines
One of his hobbies included collecting old coins, an interest which likely began during his tenure as a bank manager in Tilt Cove, Notre Dame Bay.
Caines described Foote as an extremely dedicated community volunteer, adding with emotion in his voice, “it’s a big loss for the community.”
As a symbol of his stature in the service club, his fellow volunteers nominated Foote for the highest award available to a Lions Club member, the Melvin Jones Fellowship award, which is named after the founder of Lions Club International.
In order to qualify, the club had to donate $1,500 to the Lion’s Club International Foundation.
In doing so, Foote had his named inscribed on a plaque and placed on the Melvin Jones Wall of Fame at the Lion’s Club International headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.
In addition to the Lions Club, Foote was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 23. He served a two-year stint on the Carbonear town council, was a member of the town’s special events committee, and served on the executive with 589 Carbonear air cadets.
Bruce and Ada had three children: Brenda, Keith and Jason. They also have seven grandchildren: Jennifer, Alyson, Laura, Cecile, Benjamin, Megan and Matthew.
He also leaves to mourn seven brothers and sisters, Boyd, Joe, Mildred, Robert, John, Linda and David, and was predeceased by his parents and three other siblings.