Friends and family say goodbye to Jonathan Bruce

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Bruce’s body was found at the Fort St. John motocross track on November 24, and his death is being treated as suspicious by police. 

In his eulogy, family friend Harold Hawkins described Bruce as a rambunctious and energetic kid who enjoyed working on anything with an engine. 

“He was always living in the moment,” Hawkins remembers. “He was never afraid to try new things, and his best times were spent working in the shop with his dad.” 

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A slideshow of pictures set to music showed a young man who loved being active outdoors fishing quadding, and boating, and who was constantly surrounded by friends. 

“Jonathan had a warm and loving heart, mischievous blue eyes, his smile and laugh were memorable,” added Hawkins, noting he also had a large family. 

Bruce’s grandfather and two of his friends were brave enough to pay their respects in front of the crowd, but everyone else had the opportunity to write him a private message. Those cards were then shot from a 1200 pound custom-built cannon at Peace Lookout. The send-off was appropriate, as Bruce loved explosions. 

“He was in the outdoors with anything with a trigger and a fuse,” said Hawkins. “The bigger the boom the better.” 

Fort St. John RCMP is still looking for someone who may have seen two people on an ATV the night of November 23 or the morning of November 24. Anyone with information is asked to call the detachment at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers are 1-800-222-8477.

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