Monica Elizabeth Bruce

9 October, 192027 December, 2020

Monica Elizabeth Bruce (Helliwell) October 9, 1920 – December 27, 2020 The family of Monica Elizabeth Bruce announce her passing at Riverbend Place in Cambridge. She was born in Bradford, England and came to Canada with her family in 1927. Her passion in life was ballet and started her own ballet school at the tender age sixteen. She was predeceased by her loving husband William Stevens Bruce (2006) her sister-in-law Dorothy Idella Shewan (2001) brothers-in-law Boyd Shewan (1991) and Gordon Beckman (1982). She leaves behind, to mourn her loss, her sister, Barbara Cecilia Beckman, her son George (Brenda) and daughter Adrienne Goddard (Gord). Five grandchildren and five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A private family gathering at Mount View Cemetery Cambridge for Interment on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Many thanks to the Angels who work at Riverbend Place for all their love and care provided to our mom making her stay there so special. Rest in peace mom and go dance with the Angels in Heaven. Friends and relatives are invited to sign Monica’s online book of condolences at:



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Betty Stevenson

30 January 2021

Oh,I have many fond memories of Monica with whom I shared a great job at WW !!!
.Over several years we signed them in ,weighed them,encouraged them. Monica was so even tempered and ladylike and fun.
Years after that, I visited her in her homes and one day had a ride if Bill's vintage car.
I lost track for a bit but I thought about her many times especially when I visited D Conly.
Another good friend .I am glad our paths crossed.
(Bonus; I worked with sister Barbara at Stewart Avenue Public School)
Sincere condolences George,Adrienne and families.
Betty Stevenson

Rudy Enter

11 January 2021

I came to know Monica during the time that my late Mom, Tina, lived at Riverbend Place. I recall Barbara's excitement that her sister was coming to join her at Riverbend. And indeed, what a delight it was to meet her and have Monica there. First of all, the joy she added to Barbara's life, the two of them having many hours shared together in each others' rooms. And also, for the other residents, for whom her joyous laghter or amused giggles added to Riverbend's already warm atmosphere. And, I too got to know her during frequent visits with my Mom. Monica honoured my wolf puppy hand puppet, Wolfgang (Mozart), with delightfully animated conversations. "Ohhh, and Mozart, have you been good today? And have you had your lunch yet...?"
Dear Barbara, I ache with your loss, the sister with whom you were privileged to enjoy many years right across the hall! And, Monica's family, I feel your loss with you, and pray that you all may feel God's comfort, and that the undoubtedly numerous happy memories will flood the days ahead.
Rudy Enter

Dorothy Shewan

30 December 2020

In different times we would be together as a family , a family that i have always cherished and will continue to do so. Monica was, and now in memory is, an integral part of family life for me. She was supportive, caring, loving, and always interested in the activities of others in her midst. Her family was paramount , but friends, and in particular a passion for the dance , were a large part of who she was . I can still feel her holding me up as a child as i tried to do barre classes at her ballet studio. She seemed larger than life in that cavernous hall. And she continued to hold me up in other ways as life unfolded for more than 70 years together as my aunt, and me as her niece. She never lost her interest in many aspects of life but none more than her interest in the lives of her children and grand-children and all of those whose lives she treasured . She is deeply missed but always will be thought of with a smile, and respect and love, by me and those in her life who cherished her then and remain to cherish her now. Life brings many challenges to us all but Monica met her's with dignity and strength and was, and always will be, a source of inspiration to guide us on. Dorothy.

Rosemary Kibble

30 December 2020

Aunt Monica I'll always remember our visits to Doon and to Riverbend to see you and Mom. Thankfully you had each other. Everytime we would push the door backto your room and let Gizmo run in you'd say "Well look who's here". We always knew where to find Mom. We loved our visits with you and I think Gizmo will miss the cookies he always knew he'd get from you. The next one I give him is from you. Rest well Monica and you will be with Uncle Bill now. Say hi to him and tell him, he forgot to give me my nose back. Say hi to Dad too please. Love you dearly Aunt Monica.

Laurine Ziegler

30 December 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, I have fond memories of our younger years with the bridge club friends and you two growing up on bond street .
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families

Laurie Malcolm

30 December 2020

George and Adrienne I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She lived a wonderful, long life and I have many fond memories of her and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Bill and Laurie Malcolm

Dave Edward

30 December 2020

Adrienne, your Mom and Dad were the best neighbours. Fond memories, were sorry for your loss. Dave and Joan

Lauren Furlong

29 December 2020

So sorry for your loss. I worked at Riverbend for ten years & Monica was very special to me. She loved music & was always singing! Her sister always plugged her ears when she sang too loud! She was great at balloon badminton & trivia & her smile lit up the room! She especially liked when her niece brought gizmo the dog to visit! She would proudly hold his leash & encourage everyone to say hi to him. I’ll cherish my memories with her ♥️

Laurie Goddard

28 December 2020

Adrienne I am sorry for your loss but not sorry that your mom had a long happy life. You have been blessed to have her in your life for so long. 100 years! Amazing! It is still hard to say goodbye.
I wish you and your family peace knowing that your mom has gone to a better place.
God bless you and your family, with love.