Alfred Bruce Atkinson
It is with great sadness that the family of Alfred Bruce Atkinson announces his passing on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the York Care Centre.
Bruce was born on January 3, 1930 in Prince William, NB to the late Robert Edward and Una (Baxter) Atkinson. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family and was married to his soulmate, Carolyn, for 63 years.
Dad grew up in Fredericton after the passing of his father in Prince William in 1934. His mother supported her four children by operating a boarding house in downtown Fredericton. He graduated from Fredericton High School in 1947 and began working fulltime at Harvey Studios with his brothers Hubert and Ted. Photography was one of his passions and he honed his skills through a variety of experiences from family portraits, graduations and weddings to coverage of breaking news stories to photographing famous people. The brothers bought Harvey Studios from Mr. Pridham in the 1970’s and Dad continued as a successful business man and photographer until his retirement in 1996.
Dad loved to sing and was a member of the Wilmot United Church choir for over 75 years. He and his siblings in early years could be found around his mother’s piano singing songs in harmonies. He also sang in other Fredericton men’s choirs. Dad met Carolyn Crawford at the church’s young peoples’ club and they were married in 1956. In later years Dad and Mom took up dancing and could be found among friends stepping to the music of The Thomist’s band. They also enjoyed traveling to Europe as well as across Canada and parts of the USA.
His other passions besides his family were his cars and flying airplanes. He was a founding member of the Fredericton Flying Club in 1969 and combined his love of flying and photography over his lifetime. He and a friend rebuilt a Piper Tri-pacer and he has flown across Canada in a two-seater plane.
Dad was a loving, caring, supportive, father, grandfather and great grandfather who shared his values of honesty, integrity, creativity and love of the outdoors with his family. He practised his faith everyday through his actions.
Bruce is greatly loved and will be sadly missed by his wife, Carolyn, sons Peter (Gina) and Jamie (Sheila), grandchildren Zachary (Roxana), Jennifer (Steven), and Kaelan, and great-grandchildren Claudia and Noah. He will be missed by his brother-in-law George (Elaine) Crawford, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families, and numerous friends.
He was predeceased by his sister Alice McQuinn (Dr. Leslie) and his brothers Harold, Hubert (Phyllis) and Edward "Ted" (Marjory) as well as brothers-in-law John (Jeanette), Wilson (Sadie), and Hugh Crawford and his sisters-in-law Margaret and Katherine Crawford.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held from Wilmot United Church on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Ellen Beairsto will officiate. Those wishing to make a donation in Bruce’s memory can do so to the York Care Foundation, Wilmot United Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.