Dedicated Crokinole Volunteer Passes Away - Dr. Bruce Halliday

I unfortunately have some bad news to report that Dr. Bruce Halliday passed away on January 1, 2011. I knew Dr. Halliday as an avid crokinole volunteer who served on the World Crokinole Championship Committee for several years. One of his most interesting crokinole accomplishments was getting World Championship tournament commemorated as part of the Canada Post pictorial cancels. (An article about that can be found on, under the Media Resource Page.)

Unbeknownst to me was that Dr. Halliday's dedication to crokinole was in fact just one of his many dedications that he made throughout his life towards helping and entertaining other people. The following is his obituary that was posted in the Stratford Beacon Herald. Indeed, his accomplishments are numerous, and the work he did throughout his life was spectacular.


Dr. Bruce Halliday MP, 84, of Tavistock, passed away peacefully at his residence with family by his side on Saturday, January 1, 2011. He was born at Woodstock on June 18, 1926, a son of the late Rev. Clarence and Edith (Phillips) Halliday. Bruce spent his whole life improving the well being of people whether they were his patients, his constituents or his friends. He worked tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities. Throughout his lifetime he was a member of many organizations, committees and received many honours for his contributions. To name a few ... he was a Founding Partner of the Tavistock Family Health Centre in 1952; a Past President of the Ontario Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1967; a Past President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1972; he was named "Family Physician of the Year" by the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1975; a Past Chairman of the Tavistock Public School Board and the Oxford County Board of Education; a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Tavistock and was made a "Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow" by the five Rotary Clubs of Oxford County in 1982; a member of the Tavistock and District Museum and Archives Committee; served Oxford Riding as member of the House of Commons from 1974-1993; he was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Former Parliamentarians Association in 2004; received an award from the Speaker of the House of Commons in Recognition of Parliamentary Leadership on Disability Issues. Bruce was predeceased by his first wife, the former Janet McGhie on February 18, 1983. He is survived by his second wife, the former Elizabeth Alice Vander Spek, whom he married on April 18, 1984; three children, Kathryn and husband Dan Cressman of Plattsville, Mark Halliday and Andrea Halliday, both of Tavistock; one granddaughter, Lydia Cressman; one brother, Dr. Ian and wife Norma Halliday of Ottawa; his father-inlaw and mother-in-law, Cornelius and Alice Vander Spek of RR 2 Tavistock and several "Vander Spek" brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families. Relatives and friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock St. N., Tavistock, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 p. m and 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate the life of Bruce will be held at Grace United Church, Tavistock on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2 p.m. A private family interment will be at Grace United Cemetery prior to the service. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Tavistock Community Health Inc., Grace United Church Living Legacy Fund or the Prostate Cancer Foundation would be appreciated and may be made by calling the Francis Funeral Home at 1-519-655-2431.


Francis Funeral Home

77 Woodstock St. N.

Tavistock 519-655-2431

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