Robert Bruce Rogerson
Robert Bruce Rogerson passed in love and peace on March 14, 2017, in Fredericton, NB. Born in Halifax, NS, on September 1, 1951, he is the son of the late Marie and James Rogerson. Bruce is survived by wife Deborah (nee MacArthur), daughter Sarah (Andy), son Tom (Jen), grandchildren Kaitlin and Joey, brother Jimmy (Ellen) and Patrick (Donna), a host of aunts and uncles, and in-laws and nephews.
Bruce joined the RCMP in 1974 and retired in 2009 as Assistant Commissioner of Technical Operations. After graduation from training in Regina, SK, he worked in Liverpool, Cole Harbour and Halifax, NS, before being posted to Ottawa, ON, Fredericton, NB, and finally a swansong return to Ottawa.
In 2010, he came back to Fredericton to work for six years as the Director of Security at the University of New Brunswick.
He earned in 1984 a Bachelor of Economics degree from St. Mary’s University and, in 1986, a Public Administration Diploma from Dalhousie University before going on to achieve specialized policing certificates and diplomas. Bruce’s distinguished 35 year career with the force has been honoured with the 20 year Long Service Medal, 25 year Bronze Cross, 30 year Silver Clasp, 35 year Three Gold Clasp and a Commander’s Commendation.
Bruce was devoted to his work but his commitment to his career can’t hold a candle to his undying love and care for his family, most especially his guiding light and wife of 41 years.
He has been there for us every step and breath of the way, putting forward the lighter side of everything, cheering us on during the day and kissing us good-night. Bruce always put us first and supported us in every one of our aspirations and ambitions, from athletic to academic and all points between and beyond. He drove us around to our activities, both close to home and far away, and he drove us all to be our best.
With signature humour, cheerful wry wit, trademark twinkle, kindness, boundless enthusiasm and generosity, Bruce has brightened the lives of those he loved who, in return, so loved him.
He is greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 10:00 am. Interment to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Sackville, NS. For those who wish, donations in Bruce’s memory can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Halifax or to a charity of the donor’s choice.