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January 10, 2014
Daddy,

I can't believe that it Is the 10th day since you left us. I can't believe how strong I have been through this process. You would be so proud of me. I don't know that I have truly grieved yet. I know that you were such a loving dad, selfless provider, American hero, mentor, coach, patriot and Ops/Papa that any grandkids could ask for.

I am so blessed to have had you for 42 years of my life. You were amazing in so many ways. I hope you are flying those helicopters now! I will forever miss you, every moment of every day.

Thank you for loving and supporting five kids that turned out to be really good people with strong leadership skills. That's a reflection of you and what you instilled in us with mom's support at an early age and the support of both of you, along with Nancy's love and support as we matured. We had an awesome blended family and for that I will forever be grateful. For your service and humble sacrifice I am forever indebted.

I love you, Daddy! I'll see you when we hold hands and walk on roads of gold together.
January 10, 2014
An amazing man and loyal patriot. I wish Bruce's family all imaginable strength after such a tragic loss.
January 04, 2014
We enjoyed waiting on Bruce, and his wife at Kevin's. They were so pleasant. We are so deeply saddened of the news.

We are thinking of you, Nancy.

Kevin's restaurant
January 04, 2014
To The Entire Family of Bruce Niles,

I'm sorry I'm so far away, I would certainly be there if I could. Our families have shared many good times together, and the absence of the oldest "Niles Brother", at the next gathering will certainly be noted. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May God surround you with love and hold you fast in His comforting arms, may He give you strength in the days that follow and peace knowing that your loved one feels no pain and has reached his reward in the home of his Heavenly Father. God bless and guide you all. With much love,

Wanda Ferrell (Niles) Sayce
January 04, 2014
Bruce was a true American. I enjoyed and appreciated his knowledge and coaching style during my baseball playing years.
He will be missed.
January 04, 2014
I have many fond memories of Bruce at the Post Office. Highlight of the day. Always bringing a smile and a laugh. He was a kind wonderful man.


Many hearts touched by one special life.
With Sympathy
Julie McGinty
January 04, 2014
Dear Maria,
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your stepfather. I shared many a smile and kind word with him at the North Bennington Post Office when I worked in North Bennington.

May I share my favorite quote with you:

THIS world is not conclusion;
  A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
  But positive, as sound

-Emily Dickinson

Kindest regards,
Nancy Donlon
January 04, 2014
Dear Nancy,
We were so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was such a great guy and so much fun to be around. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Maria and the Niles family.
January 03, 2014
Dear Nancy,
So very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing...what an extraordinary man! Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time...
Warmly,
John and Helen Morandi
January 03, 2014
Dear Niles Family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. Bruce was a true role model who was always a source of advice for those of us who grew up in North Bennington. His constant encouragement and acts of kindness have forever touched my life. Bruce gave me my first set of lieutenant bars and my first set of crossed cannons when I was commissioned as an artillery officer. I will always cherish these and they will remind me of Bruce's generosity and support. I hope you find comfort in knowing how impactful Bruce has been on the lives of countless people during his life. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
January 03, 2014
To the Niles Family,
Bruce was an inspiration to all of us at Cardiac Rehab. His passion for life and devotion to family, friends, and God led to a courageous battle to always have one more day to live it in. I was fortunate to be able to be his friend. You were lucky enough to be his family.
Rick & Diane Chaloux
January 03, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with y'all during this time! May you find comfort in remembering your Dad's DASH!
Love you BOTH!
Love,
Denise and Tess Aurea
January 03, 2014
Coco and Niles family, There are no words to ease your pain but know that you are in our prayers. May God's grace and mercy be sufficient to sustain you during this difficult time. Al and Nanny
January 03, 2014
To Nancy,and all the Niles nephews and nieces and cousins. I was so blessed to know Butch, He awas a great brother,great friend. And confidant. He was a great man,as we're Bob and Eric great men. Pete and I can only try to carry that on. I have some very huge holes in my soul from their and Linda's Passing. To all that are left you keep me from sinking. I hold each and every one so dear. Jim
January 03, 2014
Bruce was my brother,my friend,my confidant.. I have known many great men in my life, however none as great for me as Bruce,Bob,'Eric Niles. It is only Pete and I now,and we will certainly carry on the Niles boy tradition'til we no longer can. Butch I have another hole in my soul,will miss you so damn much. Til we. Meet at the Pearly gates Farewell! Jim
January 03, 2014
Uncle Bruce I feel blessed to have spent so much time with you; the Dubbin crew,the ball fields, Sage street, the hay fields. You were the perfect uncle. Your advice was honest and accurate. Your love was without conditions. I knew I could always count on you. Your presents in my life has shaped and influenced me as much or more than anyone. I cherish all the memories you have given me. You hold a special place in my heart. I am sad for all the ones who love you. I am happy for you because I know you have new wings. I hope you can wear the "Uncle Sherm" shirt with them.
January 03, 2014
To the Niles family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I have many fond memories of our talks about the Red Sox and life in general. Glad you were here to see the win of the series this year.
Sincerely, Tim and Kathy Guetti
January 03, 2014
Nancy, Maria, Pat, Diana, Pete, and Coco, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Peace and Love, Irene and Bob Girouard
January 03, 2014
Nancy, Maria and Family,
I have many fond memories of Bruce. Many from when my mother and I worked at Powers Market and he would stop in for some lunch, and most recently when he would jokingly refer to me as his "barber". Bruce was a wonderful, kind and caring family man who was so proud of you all. His smile was contagious. He will be greatly missed, but has left many of us with wonderful memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
January 03, 2014
Good Friend and Great Man!
January 02, 2014
Hi, I am so shocked to hear of Bruce,just tonight I see it.. I am saddened by his passing. I used to see him at the post-office alot .. Always a great great guy. We shared alot of laughs together..I know all the Niles boys..a friend born and raised in Shaftsbury.. May God give his family peace and comfort in the coming days.. Gary Greene
January 02, 2014
Thank you for your SERVICE SIR! R.I.P.
January 02, 2014
Dear Nancy and Family,
I am saddened for your loss. The whole North Bennington/Shaftsbury community loses a good human being. It was an honor to work with Bruce mentoring many young baseball players for many seasons. I will always remember his love of the game and his dedication to youth.

Bob Montgomery and Amy Jo
January 02, 2014
Nancy and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was such a gentle man. Always a smile on his face.
January 02, 2014
Dear Nancy, so sorry to hear about Bruce. My thoughts are with you as you go through this most difficult time in life. May your happy memories help sustain you, and may you find the support you need through your family and friends.
January 02, 2014
Dear Nancy and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. His warmth and humor will be missed. As will the thoughts, skills and experiences he shared with students in the IDEALS program. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
January 02, 2014
Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
January 02, 2014
Coco,

I am deeply sorry for your loss of a wonderful father. If there is anything you need from me,please let me know. My prayers are going to your father and your family. Love you!
January 02, 2014
Bruce.Father of ou'r children.Patrick,Diana,Peter,Colette.Thank you for all the year's we shared.May you rest in God's loving Arms. Brigitte
January 02, 2014
Nancy, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
January 02, 2014
Nancy, Coco and Maria,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of Bruce. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
January 02, 2014
I am so sorry about your loss. Him and my Late Husband Rev. Richard Gratz were friends
January 02, 2014
Bruce.Father of ou'r children Patrick,Diana,Peter and Colette.Hero,Friend.Thank you for all the year's we shared.May you rest in God's loving arm's. Brigitte
January 02, 2014
Dad, may your strength guide the family through the remaining days of our lives until we are all together again. Rest peacefully, Patrick
January 02, 2014
Diana, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that my heart is with you and your mom at this trying time.
January 02, 2014
Nancy and family my prayers are with you all. May The Lord be with you all at this time and forever. May his memories be with you always. If you need to talk call I'm here to listen as I've been through it myself.
January 02, 2014
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a good, and funny guy. He and Chuck Thompson flew together in Viet Nam and our families met at Ft Devens, MA. Bruce often made us laugh with his sometimes dry humor and wit. Although we did not see each other often, after leaving NE, the Niles Family remaines one of my fondest memories. Rest in Peace, Bruce. I am certain there were many angels waiting for you.
January 02, 2014
Bruce... mentor, hero, friend. Thank you for being part of my early years, providing that moral and ethical compass that I live by today.
January 02, 2014
You cannot know how much I miss you, Uncle Bruce! Some of my fondest childhood memories are with you. You were there for me when I needed you, and understood better than many what I was going through as a teen (only you know what I mean). I'll miss your stories and your take on things, and how you used to call me E-R-one-N. I wish I could be there to celebrate your life with the rest of the family. I love you, Uncle Bru-hee!
January 02, 2014
Thinking of you all. We're all going to miss Bruce and that smile he always had that was contagious and could cheer anyone up! I still remember all the times he came to visit us at UCONN and how generous and sweet he always was. He will be greatly missed. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
January 02, 2014
Bruce Niles was a "Prince among Men"..

He touched many lives with his kindness and warm smile..

We loved him dearly......
January 02, 2014
Our hearts go out to you in your time of grief. Know that Bruce was loved and touched many lives by his kindness, wit, service to others and faith.May God keep you in His care. With Sympathy, Jesse, Barbara & Ali Marino
January 02, 2014
I love you Dad. My life is better because of your wisdom and humor. I owe everything to you. They tell me it will get easier as time goes on, I just don't see that yet. I am glad we were with you to the end and now you have a new beginning. Without his Bennington medical team he would have passed years earlier, but you superb professionals worked your magic many times. Cardiac rehab gave him daily and weekly social interaction (with some rehab too). He loved you all!.
January 02, 2014
Nancy, Maria and family please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Bruce was such a wonderful man and we will cherish the memories we have of our times together. He was always there with a kind word and a smile! Please let us know if you need anything!
January 02, 2014
Nancy, Maria and family- our hearts are with you at this dark hour. Please know we are praying for peace and healing for you all. Much Love, The Hassett Famiy
January 02, 2014
Nancy, Pat,Dianna,Pete,Coco, Maria You are all in my prayers, and always in my thoughts. Bruce was the original "Niles Boy". He kept me headed in the right direction many times through our lives, and I often now think of how my life may have been different without him there for Me. I can't put into words how I will miss him. I love you all.
Pete
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