He was known for a compassionate business-like approach in dealing with the many problems which must be faced in all aspects and challenges of estates.
Through the years he served as a leader in the community – president of Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Mental Health Association, Barrie Concerts, Georgian Music, Colours Of Music, alderman, Member of Provincial Parliament.
For approximately eighteen years, the Barrie Kiwanis Club has had a Senior Citizens Concert in September at Central Collegiate. This is a concert which is offered free of charge to Barrie Area seniors. Kiwanians organize free transportation as well to seniors for this event. The concert was the inspiration of Bruce Owen who has selected the artists for it for all of its eighteen years and who has personally performed at it for all of its eighteen years.
In approximately 1972, the Kiwanis Club of Barrie started to organize “Kempenfest,” the Civic Day weekend festival of arts and crafts that takes place at Barrie’s Centennial Park. Bruce Owen was one of the initial group of volunteers that helped establish this outstanding feature of the Barrie cultural year.
The singing voice of Bruce Owen has been one of the notable features of the Barrie music scene. Bruce Owen has been a soloist at virtually every Barrie church and, for most of them, on numerous occasions. He has sung “Ave Marie” at Protestant churches and the latest gospel hits at Roman Catholic churches. Indeed he sang a solo in the papal choir when the Pope visited the Martyr’s Shrine. He has also participated in other choral and special music events.
- B.A. University of Western Ontario
- B.S.W. University of Toronto
- L.L.B. Osgoode Hall, Toronto
Has covered most areas of practice over time but mainly focused on wills and estates.