It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Bruce Alan Motley at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the age of 60 years, following a courageous and challenging seven-year fight with cancer. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Bruce is survived by Sherry, his loving wife of 31 years; and his children: the eldest, Kendra (Scott) Noble and their daughter, Evalin; and the youngest, Kaye Motley. He is also greatly remembered by his brothers: Barry (Tilly), Terry (Laurie), Lyle (Rose), Lorne (Suzanne); as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Muriel Motley.
Bruce was born on September 3, 1960 in Didsbury, as the middle child of five boys. He was the family's natural athlete, twice awarded the top All-Around Athlete Honour at the high school in Carstairs. Those physical skills were honed on the farmstead outside of Acme, where he competed against his brothers for food on the dinner table and in various sports. Often rough, no-foul basketball classics were played on gravel in front of the hoop nailed to the garage, pitting two of the brothers against the other three. Bruce always led the team with the fewer players, yet he always won -- both on the scoreboard and in the bloody-nose tally. He went on to post-secondary, where he played basketball for the Red Deer College Kings. Bruce loved good people, good music, and good beer; he was a character. Upon arriving home from a high school dance quite late and full of cheer -- well beyond the rules on the farm -- his crack-of-dawn punishment was a prairie special: moving an entire stack of 500 greenfeed bales 20 feet directly west by hand.
Years later, Bruce settled down, which can be fully credited to meeting the absolute love of his life, Sherry McCulloch. Following their marriage in 1989, along came the apples of his eye, Kendra and Kaye, who he loved immensely. Bruce and Sherry resided along the golf course in the community of Sunnyside at Gull Lake, where they graciously hosted many annual family gatherings with Chef Bruce always barbecuing a large side of beef. These gatherings also featured the children playing their parents in soccer, often rough-and-tumble affairs with a good dose of cheating to ensure parental supremacy.
Bruce enjoyed life at the golf course, making many life-long friends and volunteering for the Junior Golf Foundation of Gull Lake. He often told stories of his golf trip with buddies to Ireland and Scotland, none of which can be printed here. Bruce enjoyed exploring the world, travelling with Sherry to the Canary Islands, England, Hawaii, and Mexico, among many other places. Music was a great love in his life, as he was often found blasting his classic favourites, both at home and on the road. This was highlighted by a trip with Sherry to Madison Square Garden in New York City to see one of his idols, Billy Joel. He was a true fan of all sports, cheering weekly for the Seattle Seahawks and somehow never getting frustrated with his Vancouver Canucks.
Bruce also took pride in his job as a cable splicer and was known as a hard worker. He started with AGT, eventually working for Telus before launching his firm, Motley Communications Ltd., and working with a range of telecoms. Work led to endless travel, taking him to Oregon, Saskatchewan, and Ontario - not to mention Alberta from end to end, multiple times.
We will all remember Bruce as a big family man who cared deeply for all, adoring the newest addition, his granddaughter, Evalin. With Sherry alongside, he was always a devoted father and offered an umbrella of support to Kendra and Kaye in all their ambitions every step of the way. Bruce was also the Motley family's fountain of knowledge, keeping track of all the brothers' children and extended family. He was loved dearly by all.
The family is grateful to the doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff at the Central Alberta Cancer Centre and the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for their compassion and wonderful care; you are the angels among us. They would like to thank Dr. Mairs, Dr. Hackett, and Dr. Lam for all their guidance and support.
A Celebration of Life and a chance to say cheers to Bruce will be held at a later time. If friends desire, memorial tributes in honour of Bruce can be made to the Junior Golf Foundation of Gull Lake, Box 702, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (juniorgolffoundationofgulllake.ca); or to the Central Alberta Cancer Centre, c/o Alberta Cancer Foundation, 3942 - 50A Avenue, Bag 5030, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4E7 (www.albertacancer.ca). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Bruce Alan Motley entrusted to the care of