Published: August 06, 2013

Bruce Jones, 1951-2013

Bruce Jones of London Ontario, a member of the Grade 5 Forest City Celtic Pipe Band and valued member of the London Fire Fighters Pipe Band, died on August 3, 2013, at the Glengarry  Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario.

Immediately following the band’s competition performance Bruce did not feel well and sought treatment from the paramedics at the games. He was immediately taken to  Alexandria Hospital;  however, both paramedics and hospital staff were unable to revive him.  

Bruce started piping at the age of six when he joined the Hamilton Kiwanis Boys Pipe Band. In his late teens he joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada’s militia band. In later years he moved to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada’s veterans band, and later moved to Texas and ultimately to London, Ontario, where he joined the London Fire Fighters organization, also known as the Forest City Celtic Pipe Band. During this time  Bruce kept up a playing relationship with the Argyll & Sutherland veterans.

Bruce loved his family, piping and NASCAR. He was always there when needed and is best described as a real gentleman. He leaves behind his daughter, Erin Jones, and her husband, Marcus Becker. Bruce’s wife, Sheila, passed away several years ago.

Visitation will be at the P.X. Dermody Funeral Home, 796 Upper Gage Ave., Hamilton, Ontario, on Thursday, August 8, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  The service will take place on Friday, August 9, at 11 am. Interment  will follow  at the Resurrection Cemetery in Ancaster.

Bruce died doing what he enjoyed: piping and being with friends. When one’s time comes, what could be better?

– Submitted by Jim Scott

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. I would also like to pass on my condolences to Erin and the rest of Bruce’s family. As a former member of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders myself I got to know Bruce very well and can say that he was a true gentleman and a dedicated bandsman. I too was at the games on Saturday and was absolutely floored to hear the news … I actually had the fortune of catching up with Bruce just that morning and he was in good spirits and looking forward to getting out on the field and competing. Rest well Bruce and take your place in the big circle above! Albainn Gu Brath Jeff Boyle

  2. My condolences to Mr. Jones daughter. I was at the games this day and can recall standing in mass bands listening to the news of his passing. It really hits home when we lose a member of our small community of pipe bands. Then I had a thought. Bruce Jones as a felliw piper would have been smiling down at us for messing up road to the isle and having to do it over again. RIP Mr. Jones. My condolences to the members of the bands and people he was associated with. Steve Tripp

  3. I would also like to pass on my condolences to Erin and the rest of Bruce’s family. As a former member of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders myself I got to know Bruce very well and can say that he was a true gentleman and a dedicated bandsman. I too was at the games on Saturday and was absolutely floored to hear the news … I actually had the fortune of catching up with Bruce just that morning and he was in good spirits and looking forward to getting out on the field and competing. Rest well Bruce and take your place in the big circle above! Albainn Gu Brath Jeff Boyle

  4. My condolences to Mr. Jones daughter. I was at the games this day and can recall standing in mass bands listening to the news of his passing. It really hits home when we lose a member of our small community of pipe bands. Then I had a thought. Bruce Jones as a felliw piper would have been smiling down at us for messing up road to the isle and having to do it over again. RIP Mr. Jones. My condolences to the members of the bands and people he was associated with. Steve Tripp

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