Greenwuch, NY – Thomas John Bruce Sr, 75, a resident of Greenwich, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at Saratoga Hospital, following a brief illness.
He was born January 21, 1947, in Glens Falls, NY to the late Hugh and Rose (Ives) Bruce.
Thomas served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his service. He was a hardworking man his entire life. Tom retired from Wesley Health Care Center with over 20 years of service working as a security guard. During his retirement to stay active, he worked as a crossing guard at the Schuylerville Central School and as a funeral assistant for Flynn Bros, Inc. Funeral Home.
Tom was a member/mayor of the Schuylerville Stewart’s coffee crew; he was up at 5 and off to Stewart’s for coffee. He enjoyed driving around the countryside scouting for deer, hunting with his friends and son, and a was a former member of the David Nevins Volunteer Fire Department.
He will be most remembered as a loving Dad and Grandfather, affectionally known as Pa, Poppy, Opa and Big Pa. He was happiest whenever he was with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Forrest, Keith, and Robert Bruce; sister, Marylou Brunelle, and grand-daughter Brittany Smith.
He is survived by his loving children, Thomas (Jessica) Bruce Jr. of Cambridge, Daniel (Bryant Ross) Bruce of Boston, Julie (Stephen Monroe) Smith of Greenwich, Sharon (Keith Boyce) Bruce of Greenwich, Jennifer (Lars) Cederstrom of Greenwich and Stephanie (Arthur) Lee of White Creek, NY; brothers, Tim Bruce, Willard (Cindy) Bruce, Richard Bruce, John Bruce, and Hugh Bruce Jr.; sisters, Betty Bruce, Pat (Paul) Henry, Dale Baldwin, Rose (Donald) Ormsby, and Grace Wilson; grandchildren, Brandon, Rachel, Kayla, Sasha, Brooke, Autumn, Dylan, Liv, Erik, Jordan, Thomas and Skyler; bonus grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madison, and Mia Lee; Great-grandchildren, Austin, Evelyn, Damon, Jaidan, Averi, Kasey, and Raelynn; countless nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Friday, December 23, 2022, at Flynn Bros, Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Avenue, Schuylerville, NY, 12871 with the Rev. Martin Fisher officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd, Schuylerville, NY, 12871.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veteran’s at www.secure.dav.org.
The family would like to thank the Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad, and the staff at Saratoga Hospital, D-1, Dr. Newton, Dr. Water, and Sarah Buczkowski RN, specifically.
Online condolences and messages to the family may be made at www.flynnbrosinc.com.