Michael Bruce Zombor
April 29, 1930 – September 7, 2020
Michael “Bruce” Zombor, 90, of Calgary, Alberta, husband of Phyllis (Kelly), passed away peacefully at the Brentwood Care Centre in Calgary on September 7, 2020. Born in Montreal, Quebec, to Ethel and George Zombor, who had immigrated to Canada from Slovakia, the oldest of three children, Bruce lived the first half of his life in Montreal, where he married, worked and raised his three children. He then relocated and moved to Calgary, to enjoy the second half of his life.
Bruce was an avid sports enthusiast. Whether coaching, playing or watching sports on TV, sports was his passion. As a younger man, he successfully competed as a boxer in the Montreal area. Amongst other passions, he enjoyed travelling where he was able to visit many beautiful places. You could often also find yourself in deep conversations with Bruce on current events; he was always up to date on important topics. In business, Bruce worked in many industries in his lifetime, and because he enjoyed his work so much, he finally retired when he was in his early 70’s.
Besides his wife Phyllis, Bruce is survived by his three children, Norman (Beverley) Zombor, Brenda (Rod) Bowes, Kelly (Juniper) Zombor; his grandchildren Kristina and Stella; his great-grandchild Lily, as well as other family members and relatives.
The family would like to thank members of the Brentwood Care Centre for their efforts and the care they provided over the last two months. They have been a blessing to the family.
In keeping with Bruce’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation will take place at a later date. Bruce’s memorial page at South Calgary Funeral Centre and Crematorium, will be open for anyone to post memories or final words.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in honour of Bruce, the family would like you to consider the Alzheimer’s Association of Calgary or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Calgary.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Michael Bruce Zombor
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September 25, 2020
Thank you Dad for the gift of our recent full circle visit.
Some of my fondest memories are... your love of all sports, a dedicated coach & driving the team members who couldn't get a ride. Your fondness for Frank Sinatra, Perry Como & funny stories of how you courted our beautiful Mom. At 2 years old on cheese cutter ice skates & support throughout to a brief Junior hockey period. Always prompt to pick my sister & I up at Mrs. Webster's nursery school. 1964, on Rue Monaco laying my head on your arm on the couch & telling me you're going to let me stay up late Sunday to watch The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Pitching hard ball to you so that I could get my throwing arm ready for the game at Alexander Park.
Summers in Cantic, saving me from a runaway cow that was on the chase. Learning more of my ABC's & numbers with other young relatives on the jukebox & performing The Twist at the Riverview Hotel; Drive-Ins at Rouses Point. Dinners at Moishes Steakhouse, & me poking my finger in a few of the French Pastries, then you having to purchase them. My sister & I being given the news of a newborn brother much to your delight. Time spent at The Blue Bonnets Raceway. Your determination, survival & the overseeing of your siblings during a difficult early life growing up on Rue de Bullion. Your ability to teach respect in a strong but positive way.
He was my Dad & I loved him & I felt loved. He was very protective of his family & a good businessman that advanced himself in quick fashion. He made the most of his abilities & did his best, the only way he knew how; he usually won our competitive rounds of golf & playing pool.
What I learnt from my father is that life is short & often brutal, & the best way to combat all that is with a good laugh here & there. Tough times don't last, tough people do & Dad could weather just about anything.
There is a firm branch on the Zombor family tree.
I can still hear him asking me "Where'd you park?"
September 10, 2020
My sincere condolences to my sister Phyllis and her family.
I will always remember how well I was treated when visiting.
I will always remember Bruce being so full of energy and a smile so bright.
I can’t imagine him not being remembered for how at the end of a long day; he looked as though he was just getting started.
Fondly remembered… Heather, Danny and Family ❤