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Title: Wilfred "Willy" Bruder | 52 | Guelph | Missing since February 28, 2004
Post by: Mom on July 21, 2011, 03:57:56 PM
Memorial service Friday for local man missing since 2004

GUELPH — A local family will officially say goodbye Friday to a loved one missing more than seven years.

The daughters, grandchildren, siblings and ex-wife of Wilfred “Willy” Bruder will hold a memorial service at St. Boniface Church in Maryhill beginning at 10 a.m. Bruder has not been heard or seen since a phone call to his ex-wife on Feb. 28, 2004.

The then-52-year-old called Cathy Bruder, with whom he was estranged, and said he was “going away,” police said in 2006.

Megan Bruder said the family got a court order to have her father declared legally dead on Tuesday.

“There’s a little bit of closure with the service, but I don’t think you really have full closure until you know what happened to him,” she said.

Megan lives in Calgary and her sister Angela lives in Arthur. Megan was visiting Ontario and after one of her uncles brought up the idea of a memorial service, the family agreed.

“It was a family decision,” Megan said. “When one of my uncles mentioned it, it put the idea in my mom’s mind.”

Cathy Bruder has been holding out hope for seven years that her husband would show up or contact a family member. But nobody, including his mother or any of his seven siblings, has heard a thing.

“Both the girls are married now and their wedding days were very difficult. I think both of them truly thought that if he was around he might show up at the weddings, but he never did,” Cathy Bruder said.

“They’ve each had their first child and they have no grandfather. So times like that are definitely hard,” she said.

Having her ex-husband declared legally dead will help make certain legal proceedings, including the settling of an uncle’s will, possible.

“We just decided we need a little bit of closure, so we’re having a mass said for him,” Cathy Bruder said, agreeing that there will never be full closure until the mystery is solved.

The executors of an uncle’s will hired a private investigator in 2005. While no concrete proof was found, Cathy Bruder said the private detective suspected foul play.

Guelph Police and Wellington County OPP searched through a wooded area west of Willow and Elmira roads for a missing person in 2006. That search was prompted by information based on Bruder’s previous habits and activities.

tsaxon@guelphmercury.com

http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/567114--memorial-service-friday-for-local-man-missing-since-2004