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R.A. Bruce McDonald
(1939 - 2013)


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Name: Mr R.A. Bruce McDonald
Gender: Male
Age: 73 years old
Lived: Friday, 30 June 1939 - Monday, 4 March 2013

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R.A. Bruce McDonald

It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the peaceful passing of R.A. Bruce McDonald in Vancouver on the morning of March 4, 2013. 

Born June 30, 1939 to Theresa and F.J. Bruce McDonald, Bruce grew up with his brother, Ian, and sister, Debbie.  After gaining an education in Toronto, Bruce set out on his own seeking the knowledge needed to achieve his laudable career aspirations.  He first worked on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange in the late 1950’s.  Since that time Bruce lived and worked in Geneva, London, Rome, Bermuda, and New York where he worked at the NYSE.  At various times, Bruce owned and acted as a principal of three brokerage firms, all members of the Toronto Stock Exchange. 

Bruce moved to Vancouver in the late 1970’s and commenced merchant banking operations through Noramco Capital Corporation’s predecessor.  A prominent force in the Vancouver resource sector, Bruce founded Golden Knight Resources Inc. in 1982, and was primarily responsible for its discovery of the Casa Berardi Gold Mine.  Bruce founded and chaired Noramco Mining Corporation, a Vancouver-based public mining finance company.  Further, Bruce contributed to the development of several substantial oil and gas companies in Canada and the United States.

Throughout his enterprising 40 year career, Bruce raised considerable financings to assist in the development and expansion of established and emerging companies in a variety of industries including telecommunications, retail, service, and oil and gas, with an emphasis on the mining sector. 

Bruce married Willie McDonald on March 24, 1984 with whom he raised their two children, Morgan and Ian McDonald.  Bruce relished a good read, colourful conversation, and time spent with friends and family.  Together, the family enjoyed his passions for travelling, yachting, and thoroughbred racing.

After a life thoroughly lived with beloved family and friends, Bruce passed away peacefully at the age of 73.  He is predeceased by his parents and brother, Dr. Ian McDonald, and is survived by his loving wife, Willie, his children Mark, Morgan, and Ian McDonald, as well as his dear sister, Debbie (King) and nephew Christopher.

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Song Name: Take it to the limit
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I swear Bruce thought he was an Eagles member some days....
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Song Name: Simply the best
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Bruce used to burn downtown in the mornings and would crank this song in his ...
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Fathers Name: F.J. McDonald
Mothers Name: Theresa McDonald (Broderick)
Spouse's Name: Willie McDonald
Children's Names: Mark McDonald, Morgan McDonald, Ian McDonald
Siblings Names: Dr. Ian McDonald, Debbie King
Country of Birth: Canada
Country of Residence: Canada
City of Residence: Vancouver
Occupation: Mining, Oil & Gas
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Catholic



Place of Passing: Richmond Hospital
Date of Passing: 4 March 2013
Type of Funeral: Memorial Service
Funeral Date: 21 April 2013

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