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John Bruce

John Bruce

Tuesday, May 14th, 1940 - Saturday, March 14th, 2020
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POTSDAM – John Bruce, 79, passed away in the comfort of his home early Saturday morning, March 14, 2020 after a prolonged illness.

John and his twin, James, were born May 14, 1940 in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, sons of the late John James and Helen (Stephen) Bruce. They were born two months prematurely. James did not survive, but John’s grandmother kept John alive by giving him teaspoons of Scotch mixed with water and kept him warm by the fireside. This love for Scotch stayed with him throughout his life as he and his son, John, enjoyed a final Scotch together the day before his passing.

John is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Christine D. (Clapp); his children, Linda J. Clark and John E. (Alyson) Bruce; his beloved grandchildren, Nastassja, Kayleigh, Hilary, Robert, Thomas, Samantha, John, Timothy, Rebecca, William, Zachary, and Nicholas; and his great grandchildren, Elliott, William, Melony, Matelin, and Killian.

In addition to his parents and his twin brother, John was predeceased by two children, James R. Bruce and Catherine M. Frick, and a grandson, Christian.

John’s work career started shortly after graduation from high school and while at college for Electrical Engineering. He worked as a linesman for Con Edison in Brooklyn, NY. He remained with Con Ed for 12 years before starting a career with Holmes Protection in New York City. He retired from Holmes as the manager of the Computer Alarm Systems after 30 years of service. John enjoyed baking for his family and friends, listening to bagpipe music, and decorating the house with lights for Christmas. A true gentleman, John put his family above all else.

There will be no calling hours or funeral services at this time. A graveside service will be held at Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam at a time to be announced.

Donations of flowers or food are kindly declined. Those wishing may consider a memorial contribution to the Cathy Frick Memorial Fund, c/o Key Bank, 17 Elm Street, Potsdam, New York 13676.
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    Bayside Cemetery
    Outer Clarkson Ave
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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    At a time to be announced.
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    Bayside Cemetery
    Outer Clarkson Ave
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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Sara Mitchell

Posted at 10:47am
Dear Linda,
Sorry to learn this news. I remember so very clearly the snack days at Burton St when you'd bring your father's baked goods to share with all of us. What awesome treats those were!! I will hold you in my prayers during this difficult time for your family.
Sara Mitchell

Pam Franco

Posted at 02:35pm
Dear Linda and Family,
Please accept my condolences.
Pam Franco


Posted at 10:52am
I send prayers to John’s family, John was such a nice gentleman, always enjoyed our morning chats before church. May God be with you at this difficult time

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