Lowering the Flag: Bruce Hettinger

The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast from December 13–16, 2019 in remembrance of Bruce Hettinger, piano and keyboard…

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The University of Alberta banner is flying at half-mast from December 13–16, 2019 in remembrance of Bruce Hettinger, piano and keyboard technician in the Department of Music in the Faculty of Arts.

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Bruce passed away suddenly after a short but hard-fought battle with cancer. Bruce was predeceased by his loving wife Jane, brother Dennis, mother Dorothy and father Vernon. Bruce is survived by his daughter Vanessa (James) and son Dennis (Sheena), many close friends, in-laws, curling opponents, co-workers and adoring nieces and nephews.

Bruce worked as the piano and keyboard technician at the University of Alberta Music Department for over 45 years. He was proud of his work and of his connection to the university. Bruce will be forever remembered at the U of A for both his technical ability and his genuine connection to people. Throughout his life, Bruce demonstrated true charity. He gave without expectation and gave more than he could afford. What many did not know about Bruce was that he was committed to doing one random act of kindness per day — one that would not be recognized, or sometimes even noticed. Bruce truly tried to be the change that he wanted to see in the world.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at Convocation Hall at the University of Alberta. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bruce’s life. The family would like to thank the nurses in the Pulmonary Unit at the University of Alberta, Dr. Lau, Dr. Churchill and Dr. Fletcher for their professionalism and empathy. In lieu of flowers, please consider an act of kindness in Bruce’s memory.

This obituary originally appeared in the Edmonton JournalEdmonton Journal.

For information about lowering the University of Alberta banner, visit the In Memoriam webpage.In Memoriam webpage.