Born June 22, 1950 in Revelstoke, BC, and raised on the family ranch at Hall’s Landing near Sidmouth, BC, Bruce Hall moved with his family to Langley in 1964, where he completed his high school education. He worked at the Surrey Nursery until 1972, when the opportunity arose to move to Salmon Arm to help build and develop the Skimikin Nursery in Tappen.
Following that, Bruce worked at various jobs in the Shuswap area. During this time, he met Trudy Garbutt, and they married in 1977. Two children were born: Jana in 1983 and Joel in 1985.
A self-taught mechanic, Bruce challenged the mechanic’s exam and obtained his certification shortly after purchasing Action Safety in 1992. He was a well-respected business owner for 21 years.
In 1991 Trudy became the secretary of the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association, and Bruce became an enthusiastic supporter too, always ready to lend a hand and support the RJ Haney Heritage Park. A generous community supporter, whenever he was asked, he gave. A practical hardworking man who was ‘good with his hands’, Bruce could build anything and make it work. His family enjoys reminiscing about the many projects Bruce would take on. Whenever they were camping somewhere, Bruce always left the spot in better shape than they found it, including proper outhouses!
A ‘hands-on’ Dad, Bruce was always involved in whatever his kids were doing, whether coaching a sport or just being very supportive and helping out. He was a constant presence in their lives. He enjoyed spending time with his friends; morning coffee with them was one of his favourite ways to start his day. He was a devoted husband, father, and grampa, and his family meant everything to him. He especially enjoyed golfing, quadding, and just generally being out-doors, puttering around on the family property making improvements, and taking the family camping.
Sadly, Bruce died at the young age of 63 on September 10, 2013. Trudy continued operating the family business until September 2015, at which time Ken Hurren purchased shares in Action Safety. She remains an active partner in the business.
Bruce was a ‘pay it forward’ kind of guy, so his family set up the Bruce Hall Memorial Endowment Fund as a legacy for him. Income earned on the capital of the fund will be disbursed annually to the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association when the fund has accumulated $10,000. Contributions to the fund in memory of Bruce are welcome at any time.