McCallum, Bruce

May 17, 1931 ~ February 26, 2021

McCALLUM, Dugald Bruce – Age 89, formerly of Brigden, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 at Bluewater Health – C.E.E. Site, Petrolia. Beloved husband of the late Muriel (nee James) McCallum (2014) for 54 years. Survived by nieces and nephews Gloria, Lyle (Shirley), Carol (Hélène) and Larry (Corrie) we well as several great and great-great nieces and nephews. Special granddaughter Hanneke (late Jeremy) Mills and their children Jarod and Katie Mills and grandson Jason (Kari) Mills. Predeceased by his parents Dugald (1971) and Harriet (nee McGregor, 1972) McCallum, sister Florence McCallum (2005) and Reta McCallum (Graham)(2002). Bruce was born on May 17, 1931. He graduated from Bradshaw Public School S.S. 14, Sombra and Petrolia District High School. He was an active member of Sombra Township Junior Farmers and Past President of Lambton County Junior Farmers. A member of Knox Dawn ball team in the 4 corners softball league (1950s) and Junior Farmers ball team. Bruce was a farmer and custom combiner. He assisted Roy Bradshaw in Sombra Township Office in the 1960s, including Secretary Treasurer of East Sombra Central School and Secretary of Township Committee of Adjustment. Long-time member of the Moore Agricultural Society and Past President (1983) and in charge of vehicle storage and commercial fair space for several years. 50 year member of Leopold Masonic Lodge No. 397, 50 year member of SPEBSQSA (now the Barbershop Harmony Society). Baritone in Chordial 4 Quartet (53 years) and Sound Exciting (12 years). Member of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (Chemical Valley Region). Lifetime member and served in many capacities at Knox-Dawn Presbyterian Church.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, those who wish to attend must RSVP with a time to attend the visitation: Please note that masks/face coverings are mandatory for those in attendance.

A private funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The service will be streamed on Zoom by following the link:

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario (


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  1. I want to express my condolences to Bruce’s family and friends.
    We have lost a great neighbour and friend of many years.

  2. My sympathies to the McCallum Family over the loss of Bruce. He was a wonderful person, actively involved in his community and a good neighbour. Many a night I remember his practicing with the 3 others singers on their front lawn right across the road… it used to make our dog bark and we’d all laugh. He’s had a full life, always a smile on his face, a story to tell, and a hand to lend. He will be sadly missed by many, but we can be comforted knowing he’s with Muriel again. May he rest in peace.

  3. We send our condolences to the family and friends of the late Bruce.
    Mark, Cathy, Edwin and Meg Avery

  4. I am sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing.
    Being neighbours of Bruce and Muriel, we got to know how wonderful and fun loving a people they were.
    Bruce was always innovative, interesting, a bit ahead of his time.
    We had the privilege to stop and listen to the quartet practice singing on his front lawn across the road on warm summer evenings.
    Always ready to help when asked.
    Always having time to chat.
    Always willing to have fun and adventure.
    Always wearing a smile.
    He left a good footprint, lived a good life and shall be missed.
    My condolences to all.

  5. Condolences to Bruce’s family and friends. Bruce and Muriel were long time friends of my parents Ron and Marg. I have many good memories of our visits to their farm as kids, seeing him at the fair and throughout the years, after we had moved from Brigden. Always enjoyed his sense of humour and admired how calm he always was. Bruce will certainly be missed by many. Brian Madill

  6. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. We have many fond memories of times spent together. He lived a full life & had many adventures but always took time for family & friends. He will be missed by many.
    Brian & Jane Racher

  7. Sincerest Condolences to family and friends. As kids, we (Brian, Maureen,Terry) had many memories of Bruce (and Muriel)…trips to the farm, and seeing/hearing him in the quartet with our dad, Ron. Dad always said Bruce sang with “perfect pitch”. By all the accounts/expressions here from his family/friends, it is evident this perfect pitch found many forms, forums and lives to bless! This past Valentine’s Day, I was grateful to hear Bruce sing a song or two on the phone with dad. It was beautiful to hear this gift God gave him, and to now know that he is in perfect pitch with Jesus, His Lord and Savior. Bruce’s heart, voice, genorosity and kindness will truly be missed. Again, remembering his family and friends at this time.
    With thanksgiving to God for a life well lived, Maureen Madill

  8. To all of Bruce’s family & friends we send our deepest condolences
    Bruce was a wonderful man & well respected
    The Mills Family

  9. Condolences to the Leckie family and the friends of Bruce McCallum on his passing. He was a real community
    person locally and so enjoyed the participation in the barbershop singing group and the Chordial 4 group!

  10. Very sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. We will miss him at the Antique Car Club meetings and tours. He was always very informative and interesting to talk to. He will be sadly missed.
    Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada, Chemical Valley Region

  11. My condolences to Bruce’s family and friends. He was a good man. Lots of fairgrounds memories. May he rest in peace with Muriel.

  12. We were so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing but know that he is safe in Muriel’s arms once again (probably enjoying some dandelion wine!) What a wonderful man and neighbour we have lost. He was such a great friend to us and to Harriet while at Albany. We will truly miss him and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends (especially Bruce & Cathy and Lorne & Judy).

  13. Our sincere condolences to Hanneke, Jason and the remainder of the family on the passing of Bruce. He and Muriel will always be remembered for the great times we had on each other’s decks at Harmony Woods, Keep singing Bruce, and we will hear you.

  14. Our deepest sympathy to Bruce’s family , close friends and the Bluewater Chordsmen on the loss of a wonderful person. He and Muriel supported our community so much . They will be missed but we were so blessed to have and them with us.

  15. On Behalf of the Bluewater Chordsmen and the Crosbie family I wish to extend our heart felt sympathies to the family at this difficult time. Bruce was a loyal member of our chorus and made many contributions to our organization over the years. Bruce brought much joy through his singing through the years.
    David Crosbie, President of the Bluewater Chordsmen.

  16. Sincere sympathy to the McCallum Family & all of Bruce’s many friends. He certainly was well known in the area & did so much for so many different organizations. He will be happy to be with Muriel again.

  17. Our sympathies to the McCallum Familiy, Bruce will be fondly missed by so many. He did so much in Brigden and Sombra communities. I Remember he and Muriel were always the life of the party at any I attended. Could always see him around the Fair helping out where he could. After Muriel passed I think the Bluewater Chordsmen was what he enjoyed so much.

  18. In every sense, a pillar of the community. His influence upon my life was large and positive. I will always remember and love the McCallum’s. Rest easy Uncle Bruce. Side by side with Aunty Muriel again.

  19. So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. Bruce, Bill and Bob rode together to Barbershop Chorus practice every Tuesday evening for many, many years. Bruce was a big part of the Community and a good man.

  20. A truly beautiful man. Bruce was a valued member of our “family”. His talents were so shared, and his stories and knowledge of the area, the history of Knox Dawn Church which he served so well preserved thanks to Bruce. To the family our condolences. To his best friends the Griggs and Stephens sorry for your loss or a dear friend. RIP Bruce in the arms of the Lord and Saviour you served so well.

  21. Very sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. He was always joy to see him and Muriel. They were always happy and brought a smile to my face too. Hopefully him and my dad are talking about the fair again.

  22. Our condolences to family and friends on the passing of Bruce. He was a great guy loved by many. A great asset to the community. He will be missed.

  23. Warm thoughts to all of Bruce and Muriels family and friends. Rented the small farm house back when we were first married. Lovely country side to start our family in the great outdoors.