Lawrence Parker Bruce



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Greece: Went home with the lord surrounded by his family, Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at age 81. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Ann Bruce; son, Tom (Rhonda) Bruce; daughter, Kathleen Bruce; grandchildren, Wendy (Jim) Bonis; Tracy (Kevin Schafer, Kirsten (LaDale) Hedman & Megan (James) Castiglione; great-grandchildren, Parker Bonis, Courtnee, Andrew & Alec Schafer, Jenna Kingston & Xhane Hedman, Anna & Olivia Castiglione; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends. Larry (“Grandpa”) enjoyed traveling and spending time with his buddy Parker and his Hockey teammates. Grandpa will always be standing behind the goal “counting shots”. Friends may call Friday (Today) 4-8 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will be held, Saturday, 10:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be held at the convenience of family in Riverside Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Skating Institute of Rochester, 1 Boys Club Place, Rochester NY 14608 or to the Rochester Piano Teachers Guild, c/o Brian Preston, 158 Highland Parkway, Rochester NY 14620 in his memory.


  1. Nancy & John Schmidt on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mary Ann – Our sympathy to you and your family. We have so many good memories of our times spent with you and Larry. We will never forget him. What a wonderful person he was. We will miss him. God Bless you and yours. Love, John & Nancy

  2. Susan Evangelista Heriford on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mrs. Bruce and family, I am sorry for your loss. My fond memories of Mr. Bruce during all my years of piano with his encouragement and upbeat personality has had a powerful and positive impact on my life. Our condolences from Virginia– Sue Evangelista Heriford

  3. Mike and Josie Davison on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Tom and Rhonda, We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. We’re in Chicago and can’t come to the visititation or you know we’d be there. We have thought of Larry often over the years and remember the fun we had at the hockey games. Please give Mary Ann our deepest sympathies and you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. We’ll talk soon. Mike and Josie

  4. Amy Gallo on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am very sorry to hear of your recent loss. I didn’t know Mr. Bruce very well (I am a friend of Kathy’s) but from what I had heard about him, he was a very loved and good person and will be very much missed. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Peace and God Bless you all.

  5. Hugh Stevens on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I will always love you ‘Father Bruce.’ Memories of you will live in all of us forever-and in our children as well. Chip

  6. grampas favorite(sam) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Imiss you grampa.i love you. nothings the same without you!!(dont stop calling) I know ill see you soon!!

  7. Bob,Monica,Mark&Kurt Neusatz on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Larry will forever be in my memory from all the times we spent together with Der DonauDeutshe Jugend Orchester. All the concerts & trips, especially to Germany in 1966.

  8. Ellen Eckhoff on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mary and Wendy– It was truly a pleasure to know Larry. I will be praying for you and your family as you cope with this loss. I was remembering your 50th anniversary a few years ago. And I have many other good memories of him and of you.

  9. Sheri McMullen on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mary Ann & Wendy – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. I have many memories of Larry as I came all those years ago for piano lessons and know that he will be greatly missed by many. Love, Sheri (McKenna)

  10. Nancy Evangelista-DiLallo on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mr. Bruce was always the husband with a smile on his face supporting his wife and family in their various activities. My memories of Mr. Bruce are at piano concerts with him enjoying each one as though it was his first. Standing by his wife’s side, he always supported her world of music. His devotion to his wife and family was apparent to all. Love, The Evangelista DiLallo Family

  11. Shirley McKenna on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mrs. Bruce, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you in the coming days to comfort and help your family heal. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Shirley

  12. Kathleen Villone on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My condolences to the family of Larry Bruce. I worked with Larry on Canal Street..Rosco Mfg. He was a vey nice man, we had a lot of laughs during our working time. He will be greatly missed. Bless you and you all will be in my prayers.

  13. Sue Netting on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My name is Sue Netting-I’m Lois Green’s granddaughter. I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss… Larry (and Mary!) was always so kind to my grandmother and my aunt, Irene Burrow. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless, Sue

  14. Chris and Carl Regali (Horeth) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our heartfelt sympathies go out to your wonderful families. Thank you for all the wonderful times we had together and the love and care that you showed to everyone. Go in peace to our Maker. May He watch over all the loved ones that will miss you deeply.

  15. Tom bruce on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To all who knew my father Larry, Our family thanks you for your thoughts and comments.He was a great husband,father,grandfather & great grandfather.He was a great friend to anyone he met,even if it was only for a brief moment.He loved you all from family to music students to hockey and baseball friends to fellow church members to his many ‘restaurant’ friends and neighbors. Tom

  16. Kirsten Lee Bruce on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To anyone who ever met MY Grampa, Remember to say hello and how are you, even to people you don’t know. Shake a hand, a pat on the shoulder, touch the life of everyone you meet. Grampa really did.

  17. Peggy & George St. George ( Deans) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    TO Mary Bruce & Wendy, So sorry to hear about Larry. Please accept our heartfelt sypathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s Grace strengthen you.

  18. Philip, Kelsey, and Allyssa Abel on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To the Bruce Family (extended): From my little family. I have known Mr. Bruce, as we all only knew him as, for 44 years. I was a student of Mrs. Bruce’s studio from 1965 to 1977 and my daugthers from 1998 to the present… We all loved coming into your home while waiting for our children, just to have a few moments conversation with this man who loved his family, his friends and his life. What a tremendous loss, for now. What a great gift his life was forever.

  19. Coach and Mrs. T (John and Grace Tillinghst) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We will fondly remember Grandpa Bruce and the love and friendship that Parker and him shared. It was just so wonderful to see such relationship between an older gentleman and his young great grandson. We enjoyed his company, his stories about trips, hockey games and about the wife he adored. We are sure that all his friends at The Battery will forever miss him.

  20. Judy Cumming on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Wendy/Parker: No one is going to miss Grampa Larry (my boyfriend) more than the boys and parents on the hockey team. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Judy, Jim & Ian

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