May God Bless and Keep You Brucie Boy!

ImageI am blessed to have such a great family and group of friends to share my life.  Some of those friends have literally become part of my family, as is the case with my dear friend Bruce who lost his battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis on Saturday.

You might have met Bruce in our bakery on occasion.  He was our “Guest Chef” during a 2nd Friday Art Stroll and an avid cook/baker.  He told me that his love of cooking developed from tinkering in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother when he was just a young boy.  Some of his most amazing recipes were his German Apple Cake, his  Coconut Pound Cake and his Curried Crab Soup…”DELISH” he use to say.  Unlike some great chefs/cooks, Bruce was happy to share his recipes with others and even allowed us to bake and sell his creations in the cafe.  As much as Bruce enjoyed his own preparations, cooking for his family and friends gave him the most pleasure.

The one thing I wish I had recorded and kept to share with you about Bruce was his laugh.  His laugh was the best laugh I’ve ever heard.  It was absolutely contagious!  When Bruce laughed it just made you happy.  I will forever miss Bruce, his kind and gentle spirit, his warm hugs and kisses, his love and friendship, but honest to God, I will miss hearing Bruce’s laugh the most.

I am grateful to have met Bruce and to have shared any part of my life with him.  May God Bless and Keep you Brucie, prayers for you, John, Doris, Ron, Gail and all of your family and network of friends who will dearly miss you.




6 thoughts on “May God Bless and Keep You Brucie Boy!

  1. Bruce is my uncle and you are so right about his laugh and his hugs and kisses – they were the best! Thanks for being such a good friend to my Uncle and John!

  2. Chots (John’s Mom)
    Bruce has been a member of our family for many years and we enjoyed many of his great home cooked meals. He would tell us to savor the flavor of each part of the meal, from entree to desert. We have so many great memories of Bruce and will miss him forever.

  3. Mike and and I have known Bruce for about a year and we are thankful to have crossed paths on life’s journey. Bruce’s laugh, loving heart will remain forever in our hearts. We will miss him and give thanks for his love of his Mother, family and friends.

  4. Bruce was always such a fun loving and friendly person to be with. Bruce you will be missed. John I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Goodbye to a wonderful, caring and funny man. Bruce always took a moment to listen to my woes, as insignificant as they were. We will miss his enthusiasm and all our banter around the UNO table! John, a Dr. Seuss quote goes something like this: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Love you!

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