Long­time vol­un­teer passes

Bruce Foote re­mem­bered as ded­i­cated, tire­less and fun to be around

The Compass - - OPINION - THE COM­PASS BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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

be around.”

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.

Com­mu­nity leader

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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