Ottawa

'We are devastated': Family mourns loss of Bruce Thomlinson

Bruce Thomlinson's family says the OC Transpo bus crash victim had a keen sense of humour, loved the outdoors and gave them "great joy in life."

Man who died in Friday's bus crash leaves behind wife, 2 boys

Bruce Thomlinson's family say he gave them great joy through his sense of humour and love of the outdoors. (Supplied)

Bruce Thomlinson, a 56-year-old public servant and father of two who died in Friday's Transitway bus crash, "gave us great joy in life," his family said in a statement issued through Ottawa police Monday.

Thomlinson was one of three people who died when the Route 269 double-decker slammed into a shelter at Westboro station during afternoon rush hour. Anja Van Beek and Judy Booth also died in the crash.

"We are devastated by the loss of Bruce and our condolences go out to the other families affected by this same tragedy," the family wrote in a statement release through Ottawa police.

"Bruce was dedicated to his family and will be missed by his wife and his two boys, and extended family and friends. He was the husband and father that gave us great joy in life through his silliness, sense of humour and love of the outdoors," they wrote.

His family also thanked the public for their thoughts and prayers after the crash, in which nearly two dozen others were injured.

Worked at CBSA

Thomlinson worked for the Canada Border Services Agency.

The agency offered its condolences to Thomlinson's family, friends and colleagues.

An email sent to CBSA staff Monday morning said one employee there had been killed and one seriously injured, while two other workers had family members hurt in the crash.

With files from the Canadian Press

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