It is with great sadness that the IOPC Funds has learnt of the passing of Captain David Bruce, long-serving representative of the Marshall Islands to IOPC Funds’ meetings and former Chair of the 1971 Fund Administrative Council. The Director and all staff at the Secretariat extend their sincere condolences to Captain Bruce’s family and to his colleagues in the delegation of the Marshall Islands.
Captain Bruce had been attending sessions of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies for over 20 years. During that time, he actively contributed to discussions from the floor, regularly demonstrating his wide maritime knowledge and experience with timely and well-considered interventions that would often facilitate constructive debate between Member States. His support of the work of the organisation was greatly appreciated throughout his time as a delegate. In particular, as Chair of the 1971 Fund Administrative Council, a post which he held for over six years, his excellent diplomatic skills and wisdom proved pivotal to the successful winding up of the original IOPC Fund (the 1971 Fund) in 2014.
Captain Bruce was extremely well-respected both as a professional, representative within the conference hall, but also as a warm, kind and friendly character outside of the meeting. He will be very much missed by all at the IOPC Funds.