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Bruce Lorimer

September 29, 1941 - May 5, 2020

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Bruce Aitken Lorimer lost his battle to Lewy Body Dementia on May 5, 2020 at The Cowichan Lodge, his home for the last 2 years.
He was born on September 29, 1941 in Victoria, B.C. to George and Alberta Lorimer. Throughout his years, he lived in many different places on the island including Victoria, Caycuse, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, Courtenay, Duncan, Mill Bay and eventually settling in Shawnigan Lake where they raised their family in the same home for 47 years.
At retirement, Bruce and Robbie had a home built for them in Crofton with a beautiful view of the ocean. On October 9, 1965, he married Roberta Robison. Together, they made many great memories, usually at the dragstrips, Van Isle and San Cobble. In those days, he was well known for having Casper and his 1929 Model A, which is still in the family. He operated Millstream Shell in Mill Bay for many years until he decided to work from home as a mechanic, which he retired from in 2014.
As retirement neared, Bruce and Robbie enjoyed going south to Arizona in their 5th Wheel with many close friends and meeting many new friends there. Closer to home, he enjoyed camping, fishing, attending car shows and anything that involved being with his family. He was always looking to catch the big one at Nitnat or Renfrew.
He was predeceased by his father, George (whom he never met as was killed in the war). Also predeceased by his mother and step-father, Alberta and Harry Whiskin, who together raised him to be the fine man we all know and love. He leaves behind his loving wife of almost 55 years Robbie, son Bruce Jr (Sandra), daughters Shelly and Tracy (Dan). Grandchildren whom he adored Chris (Hannah), Dillon, Britni (Ryan), Alicia (David) and Caden. Also leaves behind his beloved great grandsons Hunter and Remington. Also leaves behind his siblings David (Kathy), Larry (Lorie) and Linda (Spud), plus so many other amazing relatives and special friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Grymaloski, plus all the other drs, nurses and care staff at Cowichan District Hospital and Cowichan Lodge that took care of him over the last couple years.
Celebration of Life to be held at a later date

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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Pat and Carrie Hallet
Relation: Friend

Thinking of you all during such a difficult time. Hugs to you all xoxo

From: Dolores Peruzzo
Relation: Family friends

Sending you all much love and peace during this time of healing. He will will be missed but I do have many of my own memories. RIP Senior.❤

From: Grant Haynes
Relation: Friend

Bruce was a wonderful man, who will be sadly missed by young and old alike.

From: Ross Dingwall
Relation: Didn’t know him personally but was one of my heroes growing up

I didn’t know Brucebut remember him when he went to school in Courtenay. He was older than I but I was one of those kids who was crazy about wheels. He drove a 39 or 40 Ford Tudor painted red oxide primer to high school. He was one of those cool guys I looked up to. RIP Bruce

From: Carolyn Colling
Relation: Family Friend

Always in our thoughts and in our hearts ❤️

From: Rick Gonder
Relation: Aquaintence

I knew Bruce casually through my involvement with Island Dragway Promotors. I loved to watch “Casper” race at Van Isle and as a young car enthusiast I often drove over the Malahat just to see Bruce’s race car at his Millstream Shell station.
In the early days of Island drag racing, Bruce and “Casper” were the face of drag racing on the Island. Although unelected and unofficial, Bruce was our promotor and was responsible for a piece of Island auto racing history that will never be replaced.

From: Al Clark
Relation: A long time friend.

I can remember sitting at a table with Bruce and John Walker, at his Canada Day celebration, saying how great it was to have been friends for over 40 years. I have not see much of Bruce in the last few years, but when I did there were lots of memories to talk about. i will always consider him a great friend.

From: Ed and Joanne Nelson
Relation: Friend

May your hearts find peace and tranquility through the healing power of love, hope and light today and always. We will always treasure our memories with a huge smile and affection when we think of Bruce. Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with so many of us. Love from Ed, Jo and family xoxo

From: Lorie Steverson
Relation: sister-in-law

Will be dearly missed, Bruce was one of the first family members I met when I got with Larry over 20 years ago. Always a pleasure to be around & the rest of the family. Going to car shows & Tradex in Vancouver – could certainly see from initially meeting him how much people in the community & family adored & respected him – such a talented guy. You will be missed Bruce & never forgotten♥ Condolences to the family♥♥

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