BURT BRUCE SR. 69, born in Detroit, MI, passed at his home in St. Petersburg, FL. October 22, after a short battle with cancer. A Freemason, Bruce had an extensive life of travels, adventures, fun and friendships! He loved his family, motor-cycles, making homemade beer and wine, and was fulfilled by a lifelong pursuit of the great highland bagpipes. Bruce was a gentleman, a great musician, and of great character - "a man you won't meet every day." For 60 years, his true passion was the playing, teaching and judging of the great highland bagpipe. He played for many well-known bands in the Detroit area. Many of the pipers under his mentoring have become well respected in the piping community. He also piped for Rod Stewart, Dan Quayle, at Eleanor Ford's funeral, and events for Steve Forbes. He was a great provider, and worked in the automotive industry as a UAW millwright for 36 ½ years for Chrysler Corp., retiring at age 58, moving to St. etersburg in 2001. He is survived by his wife, brother, three sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren, other family members and countless friends. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation or CleaningforaCause.org. A celebration of his life will be held November 18 at the Commonwealth Club in Warren, for details visit www.DetroitIrish.org/bruceburt.
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Bruce, god bless you and all you did for the piping world. You will always be in our hearts. The Wellman Oliver families.
R.I.P. I am a friend of one of his step children
I love you and will hold you in my heart and prayers every day. You and Kitt are one of my best friends. I'll miss you and your hugs and kisses,your Christmas cards and your handsome face. XOXOXO
Bruce was a very gracious person all the times we met at The White Heather Club,we were saddened to here about his passing . We send our condolence to all his family and will keep them in our prayers. Sincerely, Jim and Morag