Remember Bruce Lessor 1959 – 2009
Bruce grew up in Toronto, (ON) with 2 older brothers and a sister. At the age of 16 Bruce was in a work accident where both of his legs were broken in several places. The doctors told him he would never walk again. Bruce’s determination, not only made him walk again but became the most remarkable skier. Skiing grew into the passion that provided him the direction of his life to come.
Bruce moved to Banff Alberta in 1979 where he worked in the food and beverage industry running bars and restaurants for 25 years. In 1994, Bruce met his wife Marie-France during a photo shoot for a ski photographer of the Bow Valley. They tied the knot at a cat skiing operation in 1997. Their daughter Emilie was born in 2002 with the striking resemblance of her father.
Bruce & Marie-France (M.F.) lived in the Bow Valley for several years before moving to Golden in the fall of 2004 to open the Auberge Kicking Horse B&B.
In February of 2009, Bruce started to get sick and what we thought was a simple flue, turned out to be the start of Bruce’s 6 months journey. As Bruce celebrated his 50th birthday, he was diagnosed with a serious blood disorder which progressed to a very aggressive leukemia.
Bruce passed away peacefully, loosing his fight against this horrible disease in the Golden hospital, on August 17th in his wife’s embrace.
The depth with which Bruce lived his life with simplicity inspired so many. Before passing, Bruce realized that he had been living his dream reaching his goals and quality of life he was after. Proud of his healthy relationship, family, home business and skiing everyday Bruce was fulfilled and shared his passion with friends and visitors, leaving them with extraordinary experiences and memories. Bruce was the best of best friends.
Bruce would say; “Remember to”
• Always look at the bright side
• Make your dreams come true
• Have a good time
• Live in the moment with passion
• Keep it between the trees
It’s all powder from now on!
The memories you have left us have now become treasures we will cherish forever.
Farewell my friend.
For more details on Bruce’s journey, please click on the following link http://brucelessorsjourney.blogspot.com/