Bruce Wormald (1947-2012), the first-ever Brock University Male Athlete of the Year, passed away on January 18, 2012 at the St. Catharines General Hospital. Bruce passed away quiety comforted by his loving family and friends.
“Brock University and Brock Hockey lost a great friend and supporter,” said Brock University professor and former Director of Athletics Dr. Lorne J. Adams. “He never lost contact with his roots, nor did he lose his love for Brock hockey. It is fitting that there is an award named after him that is presented annually to the Brock player best demonstrating academic and athletic excellence. Hard to imagine talking about Brock hockey without my best friend.”
Wormald was a strong supporter of Brock University and Badger Athletics. He was the first ever Brock Athlete of the Year in 1968-69 as a two-sport athlete playing both hockey and soccer. He was also a “Silver Badger” as well as a member of the Brock University Board of Trustees.
“Bruce was a true ambassador of Brock Badgers Hockey,” said Brock men’s hockey coach Murray Nystrom. “He was highly involved as an alumni and assisted in anyway he could to help the program. He will be greatly missed by the Brock community.”
“He had quiet insight that was always there when it was needed; no doubt honed on the ice where he always skated to where the puck is going to be,” said Chair of the Brock University Board of Trustees Rudi Kroeker. “The Board and I will sorely miss him, we are all richer for Bruce having passed our way. Our heartfelt condolences go to Pat, his family and friends… and his dog; the early morning drive to work has never been the same since he became ill, and now I’ll no longer be able to look forward to seeing the first two I pass being so happy to be up for the day.”
Wormald was a graduate of Niagara District Secondary School (NDSS) in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He obtained an Honors BA from Brock University in 1970. He proceeded to law school at Queen’s University, where he obtained an LLB in 1973.
Bruce was a member of the Ontario Bar Association and a senior partner at the law first of Lancaster Brooks & Welch.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 23, 2012 at George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton Street, St. Catharines from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
The celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel.
Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Bruce S. Wormald Memorial Award at Brock University or the Rankin Run for Cancer.
The Brock University Community offers its sincerest condolences to the Wormald Family. Bruce will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with him.