Bruce Simeon Regimbal, 81, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at home surrounded by his daughters after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. He was born Feb. 18, 1939, in Ottawa Canada, son of Alcide and Loretta Regimbal.
Bruce spent his younger years working for the Canada National Railroad throughout Canada with his father. In his 20s, he left the railroad for work on the original Bluenose Ferry out of Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor. During one of his many Bar Harbor trips, he met the love of his life Claribel. Soon after meeting, they married in a typical Maine snowstorm and settled in Bar Harbor.
Bruce started his work at the Jackson Lab, first in the maintenance department and then moving on to a laboratory technician. During that time period, he worked for many prominent scientists, finally retiring after 36 years. Bruce was a member of Holy Redeemer Church and spent many years actively volunteering with the MDI YMCA, MDI food pantry, YMCA swim team, Girl Scouts, Courtland Rehab, MDI YMCA road races, Holy Redeemer Church and Council of Churches. Bruce’s best times were with his wife camping, spending family time with his children and grandchildren, hiking, cross-country skiing and walking everywhere around Bar Harbor. He was most known for his three to four walks to the library, to the pier and around town with and without Princess, the pug.
Bruce is survived by his daughter, Alice Workman, and husband, Stewart, of Lamoine; daughter, Nancy Regimbal and partner Kat Worthem of Georgia; grandchildren, Will Duffy and wife, Kiley, of Ellsworth, Nicole Buck and husband, Kyle, of Lamoine, Gavin Endre and wife, Rachelle, of Lamoine, seven great-grandchildren, and a sister, Marina Blaine, and family, of Montreal. Bruce was predeceased by his loving wife, Claribel; his parents and a brother.
Mass and graveside services will be planned by the family at the later date. After Claribel passed 10 years ago, Bruce spent more time walking and visiting people throughout Bar Harbor. He said, “You never know what people are dealing with, and if he could share a smile, it may help them have a better day.” The train has now left the station.