Edward Slater

Edward Bruce Slater

Sunday, October 28th, 1934 - Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Slater, Edward Bruce

On Friday January 1st 2021, Edward Bruce Slater (Big Bruce), loving husband of Joyce Slater passed away at the age of 86. Bruce is survived by his wife Joyce of 65 years, his five children Kim Doney (David), Sue Greer (Alan), Wende Hogan (Tim), Wanda Allison (Glenn), Richard Slater (Becky), ten grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Bruce was born in Leamington Ontario to Eric and Margret Slater on October 28, 1934. He followed his dream and started teaching in a one room school house at Point Pelee, teaching grades 1-8. He and Joyce moved to Fonthill where he taught Industrial Arts at Thorold Fonthill High School in 1958, when it first opened. Bruce was never idle and from his earliest days of teaching he continued his education earning his degree and Masters degree while raising his five children. He was awarded the National Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year in 1968. Bruce was a strong believer of Industrial Arts being taught in all Secondary Schools. He retired from Niagara South Board of Education in 1990 as Principal of Westbrook Secondary School in Welland.

Bruce was a believer in serving one’s community. Over the years, Bruce was a Volunteer Fireman in Fonthill, a Kinsmen member and served on the District Executive. He was honoured with a Kinsmen Life Membership. He served as a Board member on the Pelham District Public School Board. Bruce coached Pelham girls’ softball. He was a choir member of Pelham Centre United Church and the Niagara Mens’ Chorus. Bruce was a member of the Fonthill Legion and Fonthill Masonic Lodge #535.

Bruce’s love for his family was unwavering. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, golfing and welcomed all to visit the cottage on the Key River. He and Joyce wintered 30 years in Bonita Springs, Florida. He became a Shriner at Araba Temple in Fort Myers. Bruce joined the Jokers clown group in Naples and was able to brighten the lives of many children while raising money for the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital. Bruce loved life and he demonstrated that every day.

Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid restrictions, no gathering will take place at this time but a celebration of life will be held at a future date to gather all his many friends and family to celebrate his enormous contribution to humanity. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Shriner Childrens’ Hospital and Wesley United Church in Welland would be appreciated by the family.

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Mary-Ann Jolley

Posted at 09:53pm
My sincere condolences to the Slater family. Many fond memories of our families getting together for BBQs and swims in the pool he made each summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary-Ann (Pearson) Jolley

Robert Morrison

Posted at 12:31am
Dear Joyce and the Slater Family
I, like everyone, are deeply shocked and saddened at Bruce's passing. I cherish the thoughts and memories that we have shared over all these years that we've stayed in touch. Bruce was a very very integral part of my high school years both in Industrial Arts and the "New Math", as they called it.
Although excelling in "shop" but failing miserably in the new math, Bruce stayed behind after school to help the unfortunates such as myself, who just couldn't grasp it. New math eventually just became a write off, but I owe Bruce for trying very hard to get it to stick.
One of the more treasured gifts that Bruce had, was his great sense of humor. His laugh was as big as he was tall. I know that at the TFHS Reunion, an awful lot of memories flooded back and we were reduced to tears of laughter. And words like "Bonehead", that had to be one of Bruce's trademark descriptions, you just don't hear words like that any more!
AND when it came to humor and if "Mr. Slater" caught you messing were in for it!
In the early days of high school at TFHS, we had been called out of our class rooms for an assembly in the gymnasium. As we started down the hallway, there was much pushing and shoving and Bruce Slater, standing at the far end of the hallway, was having none of this! In a voice that was just short of God's, he bellowed out "Girls to the left and boys to the right"! As the students dispersed quickly to either side, here was yours truly looking down at my hands trying to remember which was which. Now, I'm talking just a mini second of delay...a mini second...but "Mr. Slater" caught that moment and shouted down the hall "What's the matter Morrison, don't you know your right from your left"! WELL...the remaining "walk of shame" was the longest I can remember and when I got to Bruce, there was that Big Slater Grin and a fatherly hand on the shoulder. When I reminded him and others of that story at the TFHS Reunion, we just howled and I mean howled with laughter.

Gonna miss you my friend...

Bob Morrison (Vancouver)

Rob Leach

Posted at 05:16pm
I am sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I have very fond memories of get togethers at our homes. George also wishes your family well at this sad time.
Rob Leach
Rob Leach

Bob Roth

Posted at 10:30am
Had Bruce been only 5' 6" tall, he would have still towered over us all! His life is a testament to an ideal that every man secretly holds in his heart. We are better for having him in our lives! Bob & RuthAnn Roth

Jim and Bonnie Smith

Posted at 08:52pm
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to the family.

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