Juneau resident Bruce Edward William Dalrymple, 55, died Oct. 18, 2006, at home.
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He was born on Feb. 24, 1951, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He proudly served his country as an engineering officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, stationed in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Great Britain for eight years. Leaving the service in April 1980, he moved to Juneau, where he has resided until his death.
On Aug. 1, 1985, he became a dad. He often said it was the proudest moment of his life and the best thing he had ever done.
He worked for many years as a workers compensation officer with the Department of Labor. Family and friends said he was known for his concern for the injured employees of Alaska. He was planning to retire on Dec. 1 and continue working for the rights of Alaskans injured in the course of their duties while at work.
His family said he enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was particularly known for his sense of humor. Halloween would find him at work dressed in long john underwear with a tu-tu and a silver star stuck on a toilet plunger or other crazy costumes.
He enjoyed watching and playing pool. Over the years, he played with a number of different teams in both 8-ball and 9-ball. According to family members, he loved the Capital City Classic pool tournament and rarely missed playing in it.
Family members said, "a devoted son, father, brother and dearest friend, ... he was a man of great principals who was devoted to his family and colleagues."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Winnifred E. (Windsor) Dalrymple and James Alfred Dalrymple.
He is survived by his son, Gabriel Gordon James Joseph Smith-Dalrymple; sister, Arlene Louise Dalrymple King; brother-in-law, John Poulton; niece, Tricia King; nephew, Trevor King; and many other family members and friends.
Services in remembrance will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3839 Riverside Drive, following which he will be brought home to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to lay in rest with his parents.