BRUNER, Gwynn Elaine

February 8, 1933 – February 12, 2014

Gwynn graduated from High School at the age of 16 and then attended Saint Charles Commercial College in Amherst, Nova Scotia, graduating in 1950 at the age of 17.

She worked at Halifax Motors as an Executive Secretary, becoming a Charter Member of “The National Secretary’s Association” at this time. A few years later she settled in at Citadel Motors, a Cadillac Buick Pontiac Dealership, becoming secretary to the dealership’s founder in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1959 to 1971.

During this time she met Peter Charles Bruner, a Royal Canadian Navy Aviator Chief Petty Officer, in the late fifties and married him on December 30, 1961. The marriage occurred at the Protestant Chapel at Shearwater Naval Air Station. They bought house by 1962.

Later on, July 30, 1964; Gwynn gave birth to her only child, a boy, Peter Eric.

By 1971 she left Citadel Motors and was the Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was the secretary to the Mother Superior for 2 years. After that she became secretary to the Chief of Police of Dartmouth (Roger Smith), Nova Scotia. While with the Police Department her and her son was in the receiving line with other officials and met with Queen Elizabeth during The Royal Visit in July 1976. She stayed with this position until August 1977 when her husband was officially transferred by the Canadian Armed Forces to Calgary, Alberta and moved the family with him.

She was a “Stay At Home Mum” for the better part of 5 yrs until 1982 when she started taking up “Temp” jobs with various companies in downtown Calgary. This continued for the most part until 1984 when she undertook a permanent position with MDM Medical Clinics as a “Doctors’ Scheduling Manager”. The company was renamed MCI Medical Clinics Inc. in the early 2000s and Gwynn stayed on.
It wasn’t until September 15, 2011 when she decided to part ways after completing 28 yrs of service.

Gwynn was born on February 8, 1933 in Oxford, Nova Scotia and passed away on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at home in Calgary surrounded by her husband and only child.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 53 years, Peter and her son Peter Eric.
Gwynn is also survived by a Sister Betty Anne Brown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, brother Dwayne (Delilah) Smith, Port Howe, Nova Scotia and many nephews and nieces.
Her Calgary Family; Loraine (John) Hepburn, Albert (Millicent) Silliker, Alberta (Dave) Shores, Madeleine (Jim) Ingram, Evelyn (Wayne) Dancey, Franklin (Linda) Silliker and many nieces and nephews as well.

A celebration of Gwynn’s Life will be held at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No.285, 9202 Horton Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gwynn’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.

  1. On 20/02/2014 at 4:35 pm Ivy George Said:

    Dear Peter & Peter Eric,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Gwynn’s passing.
    Gwynn was a wonderful, kind, and caring woman, and my dear, dear friend.
    I will miss her cheerfulness and wisdom every day of my life.
    Love Ivy

  2. On 22/02/2014 at 12:57 pm Sheila-Ann Rodgers Said:

    Peter I am so sorry to see that Gwynn passed away. I will be thinking of you in these very trying times.


  3. On 23/02/2014 at 10:07 am The Brownlie family Said:

    Mr Bruner and Peter we were deeply saddened to hear of your loss please accept our condolences from all the Brownlie family.

  4. On 25/02/2014 at 5:14 am Jean Clark Said:

    I was devastated to hear of Gwynn’s passing, she was always such a wonderful positive person and a fantastic neighbor. One of Gwynn’s great saying was that she must have been an old crow in her other life because she loved “shiny things”. I can bet God will have a lot of “shiny things” in heaven for you to see Gwynn. Condolences to Peter and Peter Eric, such an incredible loss. We will miss your lovely smile and quick wit Gwynn

  5. On 25/02/2014 at 6:38 am Dr Michele Moss Said:

    I was truly saddened to learn of the passing of Gwynn. She was my right hand when I came to Calgary in 1988 to work with MDM. She was always so happy and positive and fun-loving. I just had to tell her what shifts I wanted and she made them happen…with a smile and a twinkle in her eye. She was kind, honest and sincere.
    My thoughts are with your family in your time of loss.
    Deepest sympathy to you all,
    Michele Moss

  6. On 25/02/2014 at 12:58 pm Deva Said:

    A sad goodbye to a very special lady.

  7. On 25/02/2014 at 1:17 pm Bertha Wilson Said:

    I was so sorry to learn of Gwynn’s passing and extend my sincere sympathy. Lowen and I deeply appreciated her many kindnesses over the years. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
    Sincere condolences, Bertha Wilson

  8. On 25/02/2014 at 3:55 pm Jackie Douglas Said:

    Dear Uncle Peter and Peter Eric, it was a sad day when I learned that my Aunt Gwynn had passed. I will always remember our afternoon teas when I was a little girl. And we always did our “Cheers” with our cups. “Cheers in Heaven Aunt Gwynn, Love Jackie

  9. On 26/02/2014 at 4:04 pm Braden Gracey Said:

    I am greatly saddened to hear about Gwynn’s passing. She was a fine lady, caring mother, with a big loving heart. I will always remember her big smile every time that I saw her. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her but feel at peace because the Lord has a new angel. Remembering both of you and Gwynn in my mind and heart, Braden

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