Christopher W. Bruce

January 21, 2024

Christopher Bruce Obituary

Christopher W. Bruce, 73, of Worcester, died January 21, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital after an illness.

Chris leaves a daughter Stephanie Bruce and her husband Benjamin Kelley of Brookline, and their children Aya and May Kelley; a son Jeremy Bruce and his wife Daniela of Toronto, and their children Lucia and Lachlan Bruce; three brothers, Michael Bruce and his wife Dale of Marblehead, Kevin Bruce and his wife Barbara of Ohio, and Peter Bruce of Worcester; a sister Dianne Bruce and her husband John Moore of Florida; his companion Gladis Alfaro of Worcester; his former wife Marjorie Bruce of Worcester; and many nieces and nephews.

Chris was born in Worcester, son of Roger and Maybelle (Rourke) Bruce, and lived most of his life there. He was a 1968 graduate of Worcester Academy and a 1972 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Spanning four decades, Chris's career at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority was a testament to his tenacity and his commitment to collective advocacy. Starting as a bus operator, he later became Business Agent for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 22, where he championed his colleagues with unwavering strength and humility. His leadership ethos—rooted in integrity and principled action—earned him the deep respect and loyalty of all those he represented. Chris was not just their advocate; he was their steadfast ally and stalwart friend, always ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with them in every challenge.

Chris's life was a perfect blend of self-taught talent and altruism. A true jack-of-all-trades, Chris could skillfully navigate carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, painting, mechanics, and more. His generosity, too, knew no bounds. To those who sought his aid, Chris was a pillar of support who would always extend a helping hand.

Chris was also passionate about music and conversation. He loved all music, but it was folk music above all - especially Bob Dylan - that resonated with his vision of freedom, peace, and the value of work. He played guitar and found great joy in listening to live music with friends and family. He also loved engaging in spirited discussions about politics, philosophy, religion, and the rich tapestry of life. His absence will leave a profound silence in the hearts of all who cherished him.

Calling hours are Thursday, January 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester.  There will be a short prayer service with an opportunity to share remarks at 6:30 p.m. 

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Calling Hours
January 25, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Athy Memorial Home
111 Lancaster Street
Worcester, MA 01609

Prayer Service
January 25, 2024

6:30 PM
Athy Memorial Home
111 Lancaster Street
Worcester, MA 01609



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