April 9, 1949 – November 21, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Monick announces his sudden passing, on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Born in Toronto, to George and Mary Monick, Bruce is survived by his mother Mary, brother Dennis and nieces Leacia and Jodi. Bruce graduated from the University of Toronto in 1990 and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. He taught at a number of schools in the GTA until 1999, at which time he took a position at Northern Secondary School, where he remained until his retirement in 2015. Bruce was an exceptional athlete, an avid sportsman and was particularly fond of fly fishing. He was a kind and gentle man who made a difference in the lives of many that he met. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and professional colleages. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street, North York, ON, on Sunday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at jerrettfuneralhometoronto.ca
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December 9, 2019
Lovely to read the entries of everyone, especially the former students and to hear how profound Bruce was in their journey through high school.
I knew Scoop at a different time – the early 70’s at U of T where we were all trying to land after high school and develop our sensibilities that would inform our lives – the possibilities in all regards were endless and we explored many of them.
I remember Scoop as fun-loving and playful – the only guy at the “ball hall” that could call, and make, three in the side and suck back the cue ball in position for his next shot; his gleaming eyes and lovely smile gave away his satisfaction.
Scoop was sensitive, kind and thoughtful; on a weekend outing to UWO, it was a dismal day - grey, dark and ugly; a ray of sunshine appeared, leaking through the clouds and Scoop said, look up there, hope, there’s hope….
No more, “what’s shakin'?’’ or “what’s doin'?’” or ”what’s going down?” from that loving visage…
But lovely and loving memories of a good person
December 8, 2019
Bruce, you were always our fun cousin, and you will be greatly missed by many. I was shocked to hear of your passing. By reading all of these comments on this site, I can tell how much you were loved and respected by many of your friends, peers and students. Our deepest condolences to Aunt Mary, Butch. Leacia and Jodi. May his memory be a blessing. Memory Eternal. Karin Inkoff-Holman and Ellis Holman. Indianapolis, IN
December 8, 2019
I just got to know the news and I’m extremely devastated! Bruce monick was the greatest teacher I’ve ever had in my life, I was never a good math student until I met him he helped me with so much work. He taught me a lot of how to be a good student and a strong man! I had him from grades 9-12 in math and as a guidance counsellor in grade 12 as well, He was one of the most influential men in my life and Il always remember everything he’s done for me! May your soul Rest In Peace Bruce monick!
December 8, 2019
I had Mr Monick from grade 9 - 11. Mr Monick really believed in his students potential. I can still hear his voice saying "Holmes, get your act together and complete your home work." "Holmes, raise your hand before giving the answer." He didn't just teach Math, geography and also didn't just coach Volleyball, he taught us life lessons. Life lessons I still use today. He taught me how to be a gentleman and be my true authentic self. Two years ago I searched him up on 411 Toronto and called him to say thank you. We met for coffee and caught up.
He had a heart for those willing to make a difference in the community. Some days as a student he would meet extra early to help me out with material in the class room I didn't understand and would sit with me until I got it. He had a strong patience for students that had a difficult time focusing on class. We have lost one of the best. My condolences go out to his family friends co-workers and Students of Northern Secondary School. I will try to take the time off work to be there next week.
December 6, 2019
Bruce made fast friends with a group of men and women in Winnipeg in the early 70’s. From that time on they all became life long friends. He moved from place to place over the years but always came back here to live or visit. We all knew him by his nickname Scoop. Everyone loved him. He liked to write letters. They were always great letters. My brother Bryan kept them all his life and would reread them from time to time. Scoop was one of those rare individuals that never said a bad word about anyone and everyone who knew him deeply admired him. That was a testament to his integrity and his easy going temperament.
He was taken from us sooner than anyone expected.
I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we all lost a true friend. We’ll miss you Scoop.
December 5, 2019
It was wonderful to see so many former colleagues from Northern yesterday, December 4th. Bruce was looking in on us, I am sure, and pleased to see us together.
December 4, 2019
So difficult to find the words. Deep sadness over Bruce's passing. Seems to overshadow the joy to be remembered about his life and our connection to him. Bruce was a superb teacher, coach, sportsman and friend. His years together at Northern Secondary were filled with commitment to his students, and indeed all the school's students. In retirement Bruce was able to enjoy the finer things in life. Visits with his mother, brother, and close friends, activities such as fly-fishing, golf, photography, chess, and to slake his curiousity extensive reading. I, for one, could never keep up to his reading pace. Among many positive qualities the one that stands out for me is his constant effort to use a light touch in human interactions. Often conversations with me or strangers would begin with a quip, a joke, a comment to lighten the mood. He was a master at it, with a smile that warmed every heart. Buddy you are missed. Condolences to Mrs. Monick, brother Butch and family.
December 3, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing.
Bruce had a wicked and wry sense of humour, with an interesting take on any current event or an amusing story to share. He was the calm voice of reason in the busy life of Northern Secondary. I often had the pleasure of walking from the subway over to school with Bruce in the morning: there was no better way to start the day! My deepest sympathies to his family.
November 29, 2019
I was saddened by the news of Bruce’s passing; he was far too young. He had such a zest for life whether it was an adventure while travelling, a game of golf with friends or a discussion about a new book on a controversial topic. He was an amazing teacher who inspired respect and a love of learning in his students. What a wonderful legacy!!
November 27, 2019
This is the last postcard I received from Bruce from Algonquin Park last February and how I will remember him always...A beautiful, majestic and inquisitive soul who loved wandering through life taking in the beauty in the world around him. He inspired me. Lucas, Georgia and I will miss him very much.
November 26, 2019
Bruce liked to go to a pub and play chess. For me, that image captures two sides of Bruce. On the one hand, he was a regular guy who enjoyed a pint with friends, who liked the outdoors and fishing, who played golf, who went to movies and restaurants, who enjoyed watching sports – regular stuff. Then there was the Bruce who was not so casual. If you were hooking up with him, you had better be ready to be engaged with an insatiable curiosity and a huge intellect. Oh yea, and Bruce was going to be fully present with you so you had better bring your best game.
Without our knowing each other, our paths criss-crossed from the late 60s from Toronto to beautiful British Columbia in the 70s and 80s. We became teaching colleagues in 2001 at Northern. When you clicked with Bruce – kindred spirits – then the bond was lasting. In Victoria this past week, I grieved Bruce’s passing with a mutual friend that goes back 50 years to UofT and I had lunch with another friend of his for the last 40 years. I know that he had long-time connections like those all over the globe.
A test of a person’s character might best be studied not in good times but under adversity. Bruce taught me much about character in these last two years by maintaining a positive outlook, by displaying equanimity at all times, and by being so magnanimous.
I’ll miss you, brother.
November 25, 2019
Bruce was a kind, gentle, insightful colleague and friend. I will treasure the time spent teaching with him at Northern Secondary School. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and community of supporters.
November 25, 2019
Bruce was one of a kind. He was cultured, well read, artistic and had a great sense of humour.
I am proud to have worked with him at Northern, and more so to call him a friend.
We dined together, shared a few pints, swapped reading material and lost a couple of golf balls while we knew each other.
I always admired his take on the latest current event. Whether it was political, tennis related or having to do with our job, Bruce was able to put a sensible perspective on the topic.
His passing leaves a big gap in many of our lives.
Always in our hearts. Miss you.
November 24, 2019
You added a touch of class and upped our game. We often sat mesmerized as you regaled us with your escapades and philosophy of life. How lucky we were to have spun briefly in your orbit. Gone too soon. Forever missed.
November 22, 2019
This is very shocking and sad news for me.
Bruce was a true gentleman. When I was the head of Art at Northern Secondary School Bruce always liked to drop into my large drawing and painting studio /class room. He always had some interesting comment on life in general or in the world of art. He didn’t take himself too seriously but was very serious about his job and he cared deeply for his students. When I retired he asked me many questions which I was happy to answer. He was looking forward to a long happy retirement. Very sad. Condolences to all his family , students and friends. We will miss him and his very unique smiling face.