Bruce Goulet, WWII Veteran, RCCS, former North Bay Mayor

12 Mar 22

Former North Bay Mayor, Canadian veteran and local business owner Bruce Goulet died Saturday at Nipissing Manor in Corbeil.

Goulet would have turned 100-years-old on May 16.

Goulet joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1942 and served in the United Kingdom, Central Mediterranean and Continental Europe in WWII. He returned to Toronto after the war in 1946 at the age of 23 years and 9 months.

Two years later he married his wife Jacqueline “Jackie” on November 13, 1948. “The love of his life” passed away on October 18, 2014.

The couple moved to North Bay in 1950 shortly after the birth of first son Michael. His second son, Paul, was born in 1951.

Goulet held three jobs as a taxi driver, wrestling announcer and office equipment service technician in North Bay until he joined J.A. Doddemeade, a representative of the Office Specialty Mfg. Co. Located in North Bay.

In 1954, Bruce opened his own business, Bruce Office Supply on Cassells Street and then as the business grew, he expanded to a larger location purchasing the Zellers department store building bridging both Main and Oak Streets which acted as the first connecting walkway for shoppers in the city’s downtown.

Goulet then expanded again to a separate location directly across Main Street; a unique selection of giftware boutiques named La Promenade in the former Bank of Nova Scotia building which exists today as the Abbey under different ownership.

Goulet became active in the North Bay community serving on several boards and commissions including terms as president of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, director of the Rotary Club of North Bay and President of the Dominion Day Committee (now Canada Day).

He was also a long time member of Royal Canadian Legion, as well as a former member of the United Nations Club of North Bay.

Goulet also became progressively active in municipal politics commencing in 1960 as an alderman, then as deputy mayor and then as North Bay mayor from 1971 to 1973.

Along with many others, Goulet pushed for preservation of the North Bay waterfront as a “people place” which would connect and integrate with the city’s downtown and offer North Bay and the region a unique access to the Lake Nipissing shoreline within the core of the city.

He named the section of land and the concept “The Golden Mile.”

On September 1, 2008 a sign declaring a section of Memorial Drive on the waterfront the “Goulet Golden Mile” was unveiled by then Mayor Vic Fedeli

Goulet was honoured along with five other inaugural members with a place on North Bay’s Walk of Fame by Mayor Al McDonald on July 26, 2012.

In 2015, Goulet was one of 50 select Canadians and groups to be presented with a special commemorative flag in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Canada’s national flag. The government presented this proud Canadian symbol to individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the well-being of fellow citizens.

Goulet’s son Michael is retired and resides in Burlington with his wife Carol and his younger son Paul is retired and resides in Belleville with his wife Louise.

Goulet is survived by five grandchildren, Matthew, Adam, Shauna, Greg and Gilian and 5 great grandchildren, Katie, Jack, Carter, Luke and Logan Bruce.

Burial will take place this spring at the North Bay Union Cemetery.

If desired donations to the Red Cross Ukraine Fund would be gratefully acknowledged as expressions of sympathy.

Bruce Goulet was honoured by Canada in 2015 for his service to the community. Here, at centre, he is joined by MPP Vic Fedeli, MP Jay Aspin, Mayor Al McDonald and sone Paul Goulet. Jeff Turl/BayToday

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