I worked for Bruce for only four years at the quarry. All I can say is, it was a shock to hear of Bruce's passing. I'm glad to say I had many conversations with Bruce, both in his cubical office and in the field, the Brigantino area where I operated the spreader. He was a great man, a leader and an inspiration to many. It goes without saying he is and will continue to be missed.
I took an unorthodox approach when completing a Graniterock employment application back in 2000. I received a call on a Saturday morning. A kind voice said "Hi, this is Bruce Woolpert, CEO of Graniterock. You submitted an employment application to my company. Only one other person has completed an application like that and he already works for me. I don't know what job you will fill for us, but I am certain you will work for us." When I met Bruce, I foolishly insisted that I work in my established profession. I have regretted that decision ever since. I will never forget the lesson Bruce taught me through this experience. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bruce Woolpert.
I am so sorry to learn of Bruce's passing. I had looked forward to getting together and possibly meeting the family. He touched so many people's lives. He was a model of how to live life. He always had such an easy sense of humor. He loved to tease me about coming into the dorm room smelling like bacon. If I can ever be a resource to the family, please let me know.
My deepest condolences
My sincerest condolences to the Woolpert family. I only jut heard the tragic news today. As a member of the GSB Class of 77 (the year following Bruce's), I knew him and his boyhood friend Wes Clark (who was in my class). Many an afternoon while cheers rallied over us from the Stanford football games, we three were studying in the GSB library. What a sad loss.
Bruce and I grew up in Watsonville and attended both E.A. Hall and Watsonville High, graduating in 1970. Bruce was a true gentleman and his passing is a great loss for all that knew him. We missed him at the WHS 40th Year Class Reunion, but his generosity was greatly appreciated. God bless you Bruce and I'll see you when I see you.
I was was sad to hear about this. Bruce was a good man, employer. My experiences with him in the office, the field, the quarry, meetings, or bbq's etc. Bruce always greeted everyone with bright eyes & infectious smile. And he knew everyone who worked for him by name. He had an impact on my life the last 8 yrs I was with Pavex & the Quarry.
Bruce in gone in flesh, but not in Spirit & certainly not forgotten!
good men are hard to find. you were a good man. you will be missed.
In Memory of Bruce Woolpert- a Great Guy and a Life Well Lived
As I sit down to collect my thoughts and reminisce about Bruce, I have many fond memories of him. Over the years I knew him in many roles and circumstances: as a boss, a friend, a trusted advisor, a husband, a father and most importantly, a great human being.
Although many of the specifics elude me now, I always enjoyed working with and being with Bruce. As they say, I may not remember exactly what he did in certain circumstances; I may not recall specifically what he said at times; but I do remember how he made me feel. And I always felt like he genuinely cared and was willing to do whatever it took to help out. No problem was too big. The odds were never too long. If there was anything he could do to help – he would.
I will forever think of him as a smart, genuine, considerate, open, hardworking, fun-loving, supportive, trustworthy, loyal friend. Whenever I was with him, he created a great atmosphere of camaraderie, spirit, and fun.
Even though we'll miss him enormously, he'll always be a part of us. Because of him we are all better people and that certainly is one of the best measures of a life well lived. Everyone around him is better for having known him.
In summary, I thought I'd try to capture some feelings in a short poem.
Where you go now, we cannot follow
Our paths diverge and stray
But our bonds to you are strong
So you can help to guide the way.
Now you're a part of all of us
And we toil not on our own
You are always with us
And we are not alone.
I'm sorry for your loss.May you find comfort in the God of peace.
Rest in peace my friend. Your guidance and presence in my life has changed my life forever. I wish peace for your family and eternal celebration of your life.
My deepest condolences to the Woolpert family, I met Bruce when I was in middle school, my mom Brenda Harmon, worked for Granite Rock at the time. We has always supportive and always asked how I was doing in school. He donated material so that my High School FFA could build a school Farm and awarded me a scholarship when I entered College. For that I have always been grateful. Gods Speed Mr. Woolpert
Such a terrible loss. My deepest condolences to Bruce's family and employees.
I am so sorry to have just recently learned about Bruce's untimely passing. His vibrant mind and infectious enthusiasm for everything and everyone will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences go to his loving family and his dedicated employees, staff, and colleagues.
I was heartbroken to hear about Bruce. GraniteRock worked on many Caltrans projects and Bruce was one of the most articulate and enthusiastic supporters of transportation infrastructure whom I've ever met. His leadership in the industry will be sorely missed. And he was such a positive, friendly person.
I was saddened to read of Bruce Woolpert's sudden death. I worked with Bruce for many years when he was with Hewlett Packard in San Diego and also in the SF Bay Area. He was a transformational leader and believer of the HP Way and he practiced both in everything he did. Our paths crossed again several years ago when my family's Winery sponsored the Golf & Grapes Clambake for a Cure For Brain Tumors Charity Event in memory of my late husband, Lonen Curtis, who also worked with Bruce at HP. The event is done in conjunction with the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am and has many Monterey/Carmel sponsors. Not only was Bruce a personal sponsor of our event but a wonderful and caring friend. We talked about the transformational leadership skills, processes and methodologies I was involved in developing at HP during Project TMO, the transformation of HPs Test and Measurement Organization, and how they are still applicable today for any business, project or individual endeavor. I will miss him tremendously and my heart goes out to his family.
My condolence goes out to the family for your sudden loss. This was a real shock! Prayers strength for family in their time of need.
Bruce has always been a mentor to me. A shining example of how to do business with integrity, treat people with honor and successfully balance work and family. The world needs more people like Bruce Woolpert -- and unfortunately just lost one. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
Our hearts go out to the family, & our prayers to help you thou this tragic lose,,,
former employee 20+ yrs
Yesterday was a sad day for me. It was a reminder of the great work that Bruce Woolpert did for Santa Cruz county with the annual Fourth of July concerts we did together for many years. As the Music Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony, I loved those programs. Bruce brought some of the best talent to the event each year, and gave me the opportunity to work with such greats in popular music like the Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Rascals, and many others.
Bruce was an honorable and exceptional businessman who was the model corporate citizen. He gave back so much to the community he loved.
It is unbelievable that Bruce is gone. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.
John Larry Granger
What a loss for so many people. Bruce and Steve were always good Scouts and classmates. If I can be of assistance, please call on me.
AS A 32 YR. EMPLOYEE OF THE WOOLPERTS (RETIRED 1996),I MET BRUCE WHEN HE WAS 14 AND EVERYTHING THAT WAS COMMENTED ON ABOUT HIM IS ALL SO OVERWELMINGLEY FACT AND THEN SOME. HIS PERSUIT OF SAFTEY FOR HIS FELLOW WORKERS SHOCKED ME THE WAY BRUCE MET HIS FATE. HOPEFULLY HIS DREAMS WILL CARRY ON. LOVE TO HIS FAMILY.MISS YOU BIG TIME ALREADY BRUCE. LARRY N ALOHA WYMORE IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA
Fly safe Bruce you are missed
Our condolences to the Woolpert families. They are dear to us and always will be.
Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity. Please let us know if we can be of any Service to you.
I've been reading these numerous messages and am awed. Jeez! I wish I had known Bruce. God speed.
As the pastor of the Watsonville Presbyterian Church that nurtured Bruce Woolpert and his parents for many years, I send the prayers and sympathy of the entire congregation to his family, Rose Ann, Marianne, and Arthur.
Pastor Bruce Rowlison,
Pastor, United Presbyterian Church, Watsonville
On behalf of Ricoh USA, we offer our condolences to Bruce's family and employees. It's a small world and this tragedy affects all of us as a community. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
I met Bruce while working with the Federal Highway Administration in Sacramento in 1992. We worked very closely togehter to help launch a quality initiative. Bruce was a wonderful person and a great leader. He will be missed. May we find comfort in the love of Lord and Savior.
I am so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I got to know him while on staff with the National Stone Association and provided some legal services to his company. He was well-recognized as a leader in the industry and a genuinely nice person, a real gentleman! My condolences to his family and employees.
I met Bruce at HP when he was the Marketing Manager of what used to be the Personal Software Division. I was his secretary for a few years and he was a great boss. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to the family.
Bruce was a great manager and a wonderful, caring person. I knew him when I worked at PSD at HP. My heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends.
I admired his stand becoming anti-union. He stood up for what he believed.
May the memories give you the strength and courage to go through this difficult time. I worked with Bruce nearly 30 years ago and he was a smart and thoughtful colleague.
Bruce will be missed by so many. Condolences to the family and friends.
I am saddened by your loss. I knew Bruce at HP years ago. He was one of the smartest, most creative, and genuine people I've ever met. He was a wonderful person and will be missed.
My deepest condolences for the family left behind. He was a bright spot in life and his light was diminished far too soon. I am sorry for your loss.
My condolences to the the friends and family of Mr. Woolpert. My father retired from Granite many years ago, and has since passed on, but he was thankful for the opportunities while there.
my prayers to the family, i know the pain that you feel, I lost my brother Tony Ponce in 2008 working for Granit Rock. Time will help you heal a bit but the pain never goes away! may God bless you.
Dear Woolpert family,
Our most deep condolences, Bruce was always available, ready and willing to discuss, or stratagize, was always there to help in anyway he could. This will be greatly missed. He has built a great team, and I beleive they will help you and the construction/aggregate buisness through the shock of losing a great asset to the industry. Bruce will be very sadly missed, and always remembered. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Robert Enz and Family
I want to express my deepest sympathy. Although I have only spent a week in January 2011 and 2012 with Bruce teaching Algebra at his company to groups of 8th graders from Rolling Hills Middle School by CSUMB professors and student assistants, I feel as though I know him much longer. He was such a generous and caring indvidual. I know he will be greatly missed by all the lives he has touched including mine. My prayers are with your family. The last words I remember Bruce saying to me at the final celebration in 2012 with students and their families was "So, are you going to do it next year?" I am so sad that Bruce will not be here to see that happen again.
CSUMB Math department
Dear Woolpert Family,
The loss of Bruce is a terrible tragedy. The construction Industry will truly miss this giant man who continued to believe in the value of an honest days work in the construction industry. My heartfelt sorrow goes out to you all. You will be in my prayers.
President of Top Grade Construction Company
Dear Rose Ann, Marianne, and Arthur, My deepest condolences goes out to your family. Bruce was and will always be a remarkable person, he made an impact in the lives of everyone he met and he made a tremendous impact on my life. He was a incredible person whose death comes as a shock to me, but he will alway be remembered as a great man, mentor, and friend. He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Jesse Gonzalez
Dear Rose Ann, Marianne, Arther and entire Woolpert family, after my traumatic shock, I am beyond words and heartfelt sadness on Bruce's accidental death.
Please know that my most sincere condolences and prayers are with you.
I will dearly miss a great man who was a giving mentor and awesome role model to me. Tila Guerrero
My family's priviliged association in Watsonville, California with the Bruce and Betsy Woolpert Family and sons Bruce and Steve during the 1950's, and 60's forever changed my life, and I shall always treasure their unconditional love and support. "To whom much is given, much is expected." Bruce Woolpert is a hero! We offer our love, prayers, and thoughts to his beautiful family. With great sorrow,
Edmondson Vukasovich Maleta
I am so sorry for your loss. Bruce was such a nice man and was a shining example of good in life, both personally and professionally. He leaves an indelible mark of that goodness on so many. He was one of my first friends upon moving into town and made me feel so welcome...all the fun pool parties, quarry adventures in the Scout, and that smile and gleam in his eye; which often meant he was up to something, always planning the next great adventure for a bunch of wild teenagers. He was always a leader. My heartfelt sympathies ~ Bruce will be missed.
~ Carol McGrath, Watsonville, California
Greatness sometimes walks among us. Bruce was a great businessperson and a great human being -- as evidenced by these many tributes. For 29 years, I have been so thankful that I went to work for Bruce at Hewlett-Packard when I started my career. He served as an extraordinary mentor and friend to me ever since. He possessed an extraordinary mind, worked tirelessly, and was completely dedicated to making our world just a little bit better every day – things we should all aspire to. Whether it was providing a world-class working environment, taking extraordinary care of customers, or making the time to help someone in need, Bruce made our world a dramatically better place. His kindness and leadership have had a profound impact on everyone he touched. He was a brother to me, and my heart goes out to everyone close to Bruce as we all come to terms with this extraordinary loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. Bruce was a wonderful, giving man who took care of his employees and their families very well. Thoughts and Prayers to all.
Our condolences to the Woolpert and Graniterock families.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
My condolances to Rose Ann, Marianne, Arthur and brother Steve and his family.
I have many fond memories of working at Granite Rock.
We are sorry , saddened & shocked to hear of Bruce's Passing .
Our Hearts & sincere Condolences go out to The Woolpert Family .Bruce was a Great man ...He will truly be missed
Joan Van Sandt & Family
I met Bruce in YPO and always enjoyed his gentle humor and generous spirit. My sympathies to his family. What a lovely man he was.
Bruce was an inspiration to everyone he met. He will greatly be missed. My sincere sympathy and condolences to his family. Thank you Bruce for giving me the opportunity working with you.
It is hard not to cry when I think about your passing but I catch myself smiling when I think of you, your sense of humor and readiness to laugh. You and Rosemary, together having the best piece of bass either of you ever had. Darn, we miss you.
On behalf of the local community in Santa Clara county, thank you for supporting nonprofits throughout... you are a great man and a wise leader. Sincerely,
Thank you Bruce. You are why I choose to contribute to Graniterock's continued success. Your integrity, your work ethic, your commitment to the company's principles you authored made it clear to me early on ...that it was personal.
Your company is personal... I have not just worked for this company, I have worked all these years with you for the good of this company, the community we live in and the life principles we believe in.
Thank you Bruce for this privilege.
God Bless you, keep you and reward you for all your effort and good you have done.
Dear Rose Ann, Marianne and Arthur we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
What an incredible loss. Our condolances to his family and everyone at Granite Rock. They have lost the best Boss anyone ever had.
Bruce was such an inspiration. His genuine caring for others is something I will always remember. I had the pleasure of working with him and know that I am a better person for it. I will never forget how he personally affected my life and my families. I only hope and pray I can honor him by paying it forward for others with the same loving care. I pray God will comfort his family, we are so sorry for your loss.
So sorry to hear about your loss ... condolences to you Rose Ann, Marianne, and Arthur. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
I started working for Granite Rock company at age 22 and Bruce Gave me more than words could ever explain...It is because of Bruce I now work as a custom job Estimated..I am now 50 years old and have not only enjoyed my growing with in the Company But lost a real dear friend of mine..No man could ever be is kind and giving as Bruce has to all of us at Granite Rock...He was Our Rock and mentor I will never ever forget what he has given to me and all my Family..my prayers go out to all the woolpert Family....I will miss my dear friend
Bruce was a great leader and a great inspiration to all of us. He had the biggest heart of anybody I knew. He would meet somebody once and remember their name forever - he truly cared for everybody he met. He will be sorely missed.
There simply are no words powerful enough to express the heartfelt sorrow that we all feel.
It was my great pleasure to work with Bruce, and he was truly a leader and an innovator in every sense.
God bless the family in this time of sorrow.
My dear friend Bruce, (and somebody said some time ago that a friend is a brother that you have the chance to select), asked me; when my dad passed away "tell me what have you learned from him". That simple question gave me the chance to tell him all about my dad, what I had learned from him and that gave me peace. Today, I am reflecting about all the good moments I spent with you Bruce and your family, all what I learned from you and all the pending things that I still have to do in order to be a good man like you, my friend. That thinking is giving me peace again. I will miss you so much.
My prayers go out to you my friend, Rose Ann, Marianne and Arthur.
Dick retired from Granite Rock, being a large part also while Betty and Bruce, Sr. were in charge. Our condolences go out to Roseanne and the children, as well as to Steve and his family. We know Bruce will be greatly missed.
Dick and Arlene Mann, Redding, CA
Our prayers are with the Woolpert family. Bruce was a great man and a leader in our industry. Such a tragic loss.
Allied Concrete & Supply Co., Inc.
Bruce generously agreed to speak at the Monterey County Adult literacy conference a few years ago to share his stories and commitment to adult literacy. I was honored to have met and worked with him and will continue to share his stories and goal to help improve adult literacy in our county. He was an inspirational man who was dedicated to the mission of lifelong learning for his employees and their families.
With great respect,
Kristen Atkins, Chartwell School
So sad to hear the news about Bruce. He was an incredible role model, inspiration and classmate, with such rare gifts of insight, yet so uncommonly kind and unassuming. He truly made the world a better place in which to live.
Thanks for the great memories camping with your family and the whole gang at Pico Blanco! You will be missed by many...
Bruce's rare combination of smarts, common sense, optimism and encouragement will continue to inspire those of us who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woolpert family.
Bruce was a genorous and inspiring man, and will be greatly missed.
Steven M Basarich
Great West Equipment Inc.
We the owners and staff of TCM are saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Mr. Bruce Woolpert and want the family to know that our thoughts are with you now in this difficult time.
Owners & Staff of
Tahoe City Marina
So very sorry for your loss. I met him only once when myself and a co-worker were lucky enough to go to a meeting and afterwards go to tour the company. I work at Dryco Construction, Inc. and know all of us here will feel the loss. May God Bless the family, friends and co-workers in this tragic time.
Roseanne, I was so saddened to hear of your sudden and tragic loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Roseanne & Family,
On behalf of SCCRHS, I send our deepest sympathy on your loss of your husband. Bruce will always be in our prayers as he has a place in our hearts as he loved our model trains. He supported us tremendously through the years as our great sponsor. May God help you through the days ahead and reassure you that Bruce is with our Lord in Heaven.
Sincere condolences to the Woolpert family. Bruce will be greatly missed in the Construction Industry.
Mark Nicholson, Inc.
It's all been said, and still … and still there's more. With Bruce Woolpert, who seemed timeless, there always was more. He was a man of incredible intellect and boundless compassion, and he never seemed to lose his ability to enjoy every kind of human connection. He appreciated humor in all its forms as much as anyone I've ever known. He seemed to welcome – with open arms – all those interesting moments in life that happen when you're least prepared for them. Now, that which we admired most in him is even clearer in his absence. We are left to embrace a past full of his spirit and to carry his remarkable example forward.
Roseanne, I am so sorry to hear about Bruce's accident. I was shocked to hear the news from my mom, and I feel so bad for Spencer and MaryAnne. You have such a good family, it is so tragic that something like this happened. My regrets and condolences - Megan Horton
My sympathy and prayers go out to the Woolpert family.
I had the good fortune to work for Bruce at HP early in my career. For many of us from that period, Bruce remains the most visionary, respected and loved mentor and friend with whom we have ever worked. And the most influential as well. A true gift to have known and learned from him. May you find peace in his love and memories. God bless you in this time of sorrow.
I thank the Woolpert family for making it possible for hundreds of Watsonville school children to participate in live theatre in their local public schools. What generosity; what leadersip.
So sorry to hear the sad news about Bruce. The Woolperts were friends of the family and my Mom had the pleasure of working there many years. Went to High School with Bruce - he was always a great guy, and it looks like his professional life was no different.
I would like to say thank you on behalf of my family for Bruce Woolpert. I really just met him a few months ago when my father passed away. He was so generous to my father and our family over the 30 plus years he worked for Granite Rock. I know my Dad loved this man and always appreciated his incredible kindness. He also said Bruce was a rare and special person in his position. I was so proud and honored to have met Bruce and send my deepest condolences to his family and Granite Rock God bless you as you move forward without this special man.
Thank You Bruce I am proud to have met you, and thank you from my Father who loved you soooo..... much.
Lloyd Thomas and family
Can't find the words to express the sadness at the passing of Bruce. My Mother, Doris Johnson, taught Bruce to run the switchboard @ GraniteRock when he was only 9yrs old. My Father, Gene Johnson, was his teacher at WHS. The Woolpert family was important in our lives. I know that Bruce & Betsy were so proud of him. When I worked at GR he was very good to me. A generous, caring, ambitious, intelligent man. My condolences to the family and dear friends.
He was, he is and he will be the most extraordinary personality I ever met. His work ethic and generosity was always above and beyond the imaginable. I feel great honor to have him as personal friend for over 30 years. Bruce Woolpert you were the kind of a person that anyone should aspire to be. You will be dearly missed by all that knew you and all that had a chance to meet you. I'm glad that you were in my life and it saddens me to know that I will not have another chance to see you and chat with you. You did many great deeds that you and your family can be very proud of. Goodbye my dear friend. Rest in Peace
We are so so sad to hear this news.Words can not describe how we feel for your family. We have had so much fun bumping into you at Tahoe. We will be praying for all of you as you go through this tragedy.
Archie It has been so much fun getting to know you back in the days of LACS. We are so sorry you have to go through this loss. We will be praying for God to give you all the strength you need in the coming weeks.
May God bless your Family
Russell, Jeffrey, and all the Conway Family
I was shocked to here about Bruce. I have been blessed to be able to work at Graniterock and with Bruce. I enjoied talking with him and hearing his story's, his advice, and what he saw me doinging in the future with the company. Bruce was an amazing man, always friendly, smiling, and cared about all of his employees.
Every time we talked he always talked about Arthur and Marianne, no matter what we were talking about, something would remind Bruce of them. Bruce was so proud of both of them.
Bruce thank you for everything you have done for me and believing in me. Graniterock will not be the same with out you.
Rose Ann, Arthur, and Marianne, I am truly sorry about your loss. Bruce will be missed.
I'm so sorry to hear the news of Bruce's passing. My father worked for his father in the sixties and seventies and I had the opportunity to spend time with Bruce while he was attending UCLA. One memory I have is driving his Olds Cutlass in Southern CA. Bruce handed me the keys and said have fun. I was only sixteen or so. Later I worked for the company during the summer. He was a great guy and treated me well. On behalf of my family we are truly sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Dear Rose Ann: On behalf of my brothers and sisters, Daniel, Kathleen, Maureen, Colleen, John, Dennis, and Elsie, we offer you our heartfelt condolances on your loss. I was privileged to meet Bruce at your wedding, which you so graciously invited my mother Eileen to attend, and I know how much your parents admired and loved Bruce. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your neighbor growing up on Romelle Ave, Christine Thompson
Bruce Jr. was an enlightened, brilliant leader who cared about the future of Watsonville and California. He was groomed from an early age to run Graniterock by his parents Bruce Sr. and Betsy, who were once Glemar St. neighbors and remained close friends of my late parents. My condolences to his family.
We are shocked and deeply, deeply saddened. Roseanne, Marianne, and Arthur you will remain in our thoughts and every prayer. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you through this time. We will always remember Bruce as the kindest of souls. He is in God's hands now.
Hello ms bruse im so sorry to hear about your lost i was thinking about you the other day i wish your family the best and may bruse rest In pease i worked with him many year he truly is one of a kind
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Woolpert when I was Principal of Edward A. Hall Middle School. He came to meet with our students during a motivational assembly. He was a very generous man and I could tell that he was proud of being a "Falcon". My deepest thoughts and prayers go to all his loved ones.
Artemisa P. Cortez, Principal
Renaissance High School
My deepest condolences to the Woolpert family. Watsonville has lost yet another part of it's history and much, much too soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rose Ann, Marianne, Arthur and brother Steve. My heart is heavy with sadness.
So sorry to hear about Bruce! He was one of a kind. Debby Eddy (Cunningham)
So sad about this great loss to the Woolpert family & to our community. With deep sympathy,
The news was heart-breaking for my sake and for the sake of his family and friends. Tears are in my eyes for the loss of Bruce. My heart is breaking. I love him and I know he loved me. Such a sweet guy……so different from me and yet we found the greatest bond and fun with each other. Another great thing about Bruce is that all of mankind received his respect, both despite any differences and because of any differences. He held true wisdom and could look far beyond his own experience and circumstances to understand the ways, perspectives and feelings of others. I could say a million things to express his extraordinary character, brilliance, humanity, and caring/giving ways. Such a TRUE friend!!!!!! I hope to find heroes to call role models but I don't expect to find them. They are rare.....Bruce was gifted by god in spirit in mind to become one of those heroes. And all with the most humble unassuming ways that was among his many endearing charms. His passing is a true loss to our world. He will forever be in my heart and my mind. For sure,another angel has been born!
Bruce was a very close and dear friend during our business school years in Palo Alto. He could light up a room with his smile, and I will always remember him for his gentle kindness, his warmth,his humility,his positive outlook on life,his generosity,and his witty charm. He was always more interested in the other person; his altruism was boundless. The world has lost a truly wonderful human being and is the poorer for it. My thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends, colleagues...and especially to my dear friend, Bruce.
Sincere condolences to the Woolpert family. Bruce was a classmate of mine at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We have been sharing memories of Bruce in an email chain today - so many of us remember him fondly and are truly saddened by this premature loss. We can only hope that his family and friends will be comforted by their happy memories of Bruce and the knowledge that he led such a good and productive life.
Bruce really was a great person and among the most brilliant business minds in the area. The help he offered my father & family in a desperate time of need show what a caring guy he was. My thoughts & sympathy go out to his family.
condolences to the family. The company was and will continue to be "the rock" of Watsonville.
Bruce has touched many life in such an amazing way. His legacy will never be forgotten. I feel blessed to have the pleasure of working for Bruce, Betsy and Bobby at Central Supply. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, extended family and all of those who feel this deep loss of Bruce. His laughter, smile and voice will forever warm our hearts.
Joe, L'Donna, Alicia and Brittany Taylan
My condolences to the Woolpert family; Bruce was an inspiration to all and will be greatly missed. I have many fond memories of our high school days together.
My parents were close friends with Bruce's parents. My condolences.
I am so sorry to see this in the paper.
It made me cry to think what you are feeling now
At some time in the future if you would want to get together, send me an email. Denise@video4.biz
To the Woolpert family and GRC staff. I was devastated to hear of Bruce's passing. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all. My time at 'The Rock' was the highlight of my career. Bruce was an incredible role model and leader and good person. Having spent 13 years there, I know of some of the things he did personally for others, including myself. I take with me all that I learned from Bruce and all the memories of my years there. Fondly, sadly, Teri
Bruce will be remembered as a friend. I appreciated his kindness and enjoyed his wit.
Bruce was a classmate of mine at Stanford Business School in the mid-1970s. We worked together on a project during our first year. He was a delight to work with -- gracious, good-humored and hard-working. It was not a surprise to me when he graduated first in our class. My sincere condolences to his family.
Bruce was a wonderful and generous and man and I will miss him. I worked with him in my first job at HP in 1984. I was an engineer and he was a marketing manager. When I took my first management position and was considering jumping ship to return to engineering, Bruce talked with me, shared his experiences and encouraged me to stick it out. When I started a shareware company Bruce took the time to advise me on developing a business plan. When my wife and I moved out of state and then returned Bruce offered me a job working for him. It was a long commute to Watsonville and not the direction I wanted to go with my career, but I really appreciated it. Our daughters and sons were the same ages and we found ourselves also unexpectedly connected through a group of our wives called Los Madres. I have fond memories of many special events at Bruce's home in Cupertino. It seems like another life now. Bruce will be sadly missed by all of us. My deepest condolences to Rose Ann, Marianne, and Authur.
Bruce was an example of a life well lived. He is an inspiration for us all to build community and look out for one another. He will be missed.
My first memories of my cousin were as a small child, basking in the warmth of Holiday dinners and sleepovers at their home in Watsonville. High jinx and his raucous laughter were non-stop and contagious. My last memory of Bruce was a heartfelt embrace from him at his mother's funeral. It's a visceral memory I will hold dear forever. My heart goes out to all the Woolpert family. My deepest condolences.
My God bless the Woolpert family in their time of need....you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Condolences to the Woolpert and Granite Rock Families. Bruce's leadership and contributions to the community and construction industry will be missed.
Speechless... When we found out about the loss of our beloved leader, Bruce, words could not describe the amount of sorrow we felt not only for his family and friends, but for our Graniterock family. Ben and I were truly blessed and honored to have worked for such an inspirational leader that has guided us in the paths that we walk in today. Bruce has changed our lives in so many ways, and we are truly grateful for the time we have spent working with him. Bruce believed in the good in people, when sometimes others didn't. He blessed us in so many ways, and we are truly saddend that our days working for the best CEO a team member and Company could ask for, are now over. Until we meet again in heaven Bruce. Our love and honor stay true to you, and Graniterock.
We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this tragic time. If there is anything we can do to help you, please call on us.
The industry has lost one of the good guys...brilliant mind with moral standards beyond reproach. Heartfelt condolences to the Woolpert and Graniterock families.
My experience with Bruce was brief while serving as a consultant to Graniterock. As a seasoned executive myself, I immediately recognized in Bruce an exceptional ability to listen, innovate, change paths when needed and most of all care for his employees and the community. He provided a leadership model which deserves to be replicated. His personal outreach to my wife and me was extraordinary to us but quite normal for Bruce. He was truly a Great Man of high intellect, unlimited humility and the capacity for positive influence on everyone who knew him. Graniterock will continue to succeed based on Bruce's philosophies. I believe Bruce's family will continue to be inspired and comforted by following his example in all things.
We have so many wonderful lasting memories of Bruce- from New Year's Eve parties on Martinelli St, Pico Blanco trips, class reunions and celebrations of life. Bruce was always the perfect host. We will miss his wit, infectious laugh, and sense of humor. All of that combined with his sense of pride and work ethic leading Granite Rock made him a very special person that will not be forgotten. He touched many lives and made ours better. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Our prayers are with the Woolpert family.
We felt as if Bruce was part of our family , he was a wonderful man he will be missed.
I gasped when I read the Merc News headline... my late stepfather, Jim Morgan, worked for Granite Rock for many years and he and my late mother, Dorothy Morgan, always enjoyed being in the company of the Woolperts. Bruce was a wonderful caring man - sending my heartfelt condolences to the Woolpert family.
Our condolences on the loss of a great father, friend and businessman, he will be missed greatly.
My condolences to the Woolpert family. A huge loss to family and community.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Woolpert family. A wonderful family. Bruce will be missed as a terrific man and valuable member of our town.
Our prayers are with the Woolpert family .He will be missed by all of us. Bruce did so much for everybody . What a great loss.
All of the sudden, there is a large void in the Woolpert family, and Graniterock, my condolences to the family with much respect for the Bruce, who new my name anytime our paths crossed when I worked for him. May God bless the family and give you strength through your loss.
My prayers our with the family and I will miss Bruce so much . Richard Walrod
A tragic loss for the construction industry. He will be missed.
worked for pavex many years enjoyed working for bruce was suprized he knew my name of all the people he employed GOD BLESS.
Bruce was the real deal; he genuinely cared about those around him and brought passion to all that he did. He is gone far to soon, and will be missed.
All though i did'nt know him personaly i did haul a heck of alot of material for grnite. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man! May God be with his loved ones.....
Sunrise Grading & Paving
Bruce, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me and my family. You were an incredible human being and I will always keep you in my heart. I am proud and honored to have met you and for having you as my mentor all these years. All my love and players go to you and your family.
I first met Bruce in my third grade class at T.S. McQuiddy. He was the new boy and sat next to me. I remember his smile and laugh then and through E. A. Hall and Watsonville High. The class of 1970 lost one of its best. My son has now worked for Bruce for a number of years and has benefited from his knowledge and advise. Thanks Bruce.
Roseanne, I'm shocked and so sorry to hear about this. I haven't seen you guys in many years, but I still remember Pico Blanco very fondly (as do the kids). His and your generosity have not been forgotten. My most heartfelt condolences.
I was very sad to learn of Bruce's passing. I grew up a block from Bruce's house in Watsonville and,as the CEO at Granite Construction, I was a customer of Graniterock as well as a competitor. I greatly admired The tenacious commitment Bruce made to the pursuit of excellance and his commitment to the growth and development of Graniterock's employees. He embraced inovative managment technics long before they became popular and built a company recognized nationally as a "Great Place to Work". His leadership and involvement in local issues was courageous and he will be missed in our community and our industry.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce's family. I remember in Watsonville High School how Bruce impressed me for daring to be thoughtful and kind in an environment which didn't seem to particularly value either – and in time he dared to become a leader as well. We will miss you, Bruce, but you left this world a better place for your having passed through it.
More than a boss, you were a mentor, a motivator, an amazing speaker that inspired us to be the best we could be and never stop learning. There are not enough words to say how much you meant to all of us. Our hearts are heavy but we will go on because of all you taught us. We won't ever forget you.
Thoughts and prayers to the Woolpert family, with great sympathy.
Niles Freeman Excavating
Thank You Bruce for everything you have done.
Rose Ann, Marianne, and Arthur our prayers are with you
His vision and leadership, his understanding of the interconnectedness of community, his value of education and the arts...his humor, his evenhandedness, his kindness.... what a deep loss for his family and our whole community... what a gift he has been to our community.
I was very sad to learn of Bruce's passing. Bruce and I grew up a block apart in Watsonville and we worked just down the street from one another as well. I greatly admired his tenacious persuit of excellence, and his commitment to the care and growth of Graniterock's employees. He was a champion of many inovations in managment before they became popular and his leadership will be greatly missed in our community and in our industry.
Bruce was a great mentor and inspiration to me and my husband... and I am sure his "YES WE WILL" attitude will continue on at GRC. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and everyone at Graniterock.
Me and my family offer our condolences for the loss of a great friend husband and father it was my pleasure to support outstanding Arthur woolpert in cnll baseball for many years
Roseann, Marianne & Arthur, Our deepest condolences to all of you in the sudden loss of one of the greatest men I have had the privilege to know. As a Graniterock Family member, I was shocked & sadden at the lose of our leader. He displayed what Graniterock stands for & his dreams & aspirations will live on in each and every one of us.
His memory is truly a blessing to us all.
I was very fortunate to be a classmate of Bruce's at the Stanford GSB from 1974-76. He was incredibly intelligent, exceptionally sweet, very unassuming with a great sense of humor.He was the best and brightest of our class. I am heartsick to hear of his passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
He was a great man and employer he will be missed.
Bruce came to our lives because of his love to youth. My colleagues at Cal State Monterey Bay had so many great time/memory over past severalyears with Bruce and Graniterock.
Bruce left footprints of love on our hearts and we are never ever the same. Bruce's memory will awalys remain deep within my heart.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Bruce was a great man and our communities will greatly miss his inspirational leadership. I will miss running into him at Eric's Deli and having a little chat. We can take a little comfort in knowing that heaven will be a little more organized with Bruce's presence. God bless.
Bruce Woolpert inspired me as an employer to think of the welfare of my employees and care for them in a genuine and loving manner. The stories I have heard have been so moving, especially how he treated our friend Clarence Thomas and his dear widow, Lorraine. This was so tragic to hear about, yet I also know that God has a purpose for all things. Please except our condolences from Pacific Monarch Charter Bus Company. Bruce's wife, family and beloved employees are in our thoughts and prayers.
My parents were good friends of Bruce's parents from way back in the 60's; Betsy was very kind and welcoming when I moved to Watsonville in 1989. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. My condolences.
BRUCE thank you for those two years of service that i work for your company i was very happy to know you i will always remember you you wore a great and smart man your ideas will be remember
Bruce was well loved by Granitrock, companies he collaborated with and the community. He was a respected leader, health advocate and friend. He inspired his employees to achieve better health and awareness. It was an honor to have worked with him on the wellness programs. He will be missed. God bless him.
He is a great man and the words I spoke with him inspired me even though he didn't have to I and my family will dearly miss a legend. Amador
red roots masonry INC
Bruce you were one of the greatest men I ever had the honor to know and call my friend! I will miss you Bruce, please say," Hi " to the kids and give them our love.
Sweet Rose Ann, Marianne and Arthur. Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the tragic loss of Bruce. He will be missed but his legend will live on. Heaven has one more Angel watching over all of us. We love you...Matt and Kathy Ready
We were saddened to hear of bruce wolperts passing.he was good to my husband for many years.our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace.....the venturas
We were very sadden to hear about Bruce's death. Bruce was a good and very careing man. I know this on a personal level. He has been there for my family and has done wonderful things for not only my family but so many more. I owe him for the happiest days of my life. He will never be forgotten.
Our community has suffered a great loss. Bruce was kind, intelligent, and a great person.
Our prayers and sympathy go out to the Woolpert Family.Jeff & Marie Tracey
My deepest condolences to his family!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Woolpert family.He will be greatly missed.
He's like my big brother, my good friend, family, my boss for the last 25 years..he was there for Patty and I, every step of the way when our daughter Jennifer passed. I once told him. Bruce, I know your not one of my baseball coach's that I have great memories of..but put it this way..I would hit a ball a mile for you my friend..he smiled..and said thanks Mike...My dad and I are very fortunate to have worked for and have a great man like Bruce in our lives. I'm a better person today because of it.God Bless the Woolpert family...Our deepest sympathy to the family
We love and will miss you dearly Bruce W. Woolpert
We were stunned to hear of the passing of a wonderful man and community leader. Wishing Roseanne and family comfort in their time of grief.
What a precious and gracious and generous man Bruce was. So giving and caring to all his employees. He was a great man and a pleasure to know. He is going to be greatly missed.
Bruce was a great leader for Granite Rock and had a great vision for the community of Watsonville. He always showed interest and cared about my growth even when I was just working in the mailroom. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Woolpert Family.
Bruce was a kind and decent man who was always the last in line at Company functions and dinners. He was our CEO, but with a true caring for Graniterock People and their families. Julia and I will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace, Bruce.
Our deeepest sympathy to the family.
We lost a true giant of our Sand&Gravel Industry. Our deepest sympathy to the Woolpert family and all of Granite Rock.
I was deeply saddened by the news. Bruce always impressed me by knowing every one of his employees names. I will miss him,he was a good man and I will always be grateful for what he's done for me and my family. Our thoughts go out to his family at this grievous time.
How do I even begin to share my thoughts for the most amazing person I have ever met. Bruce, it was so appropriate for you to be our leader, our CEO, our President.....OUR ROCK. You were the reason why I never have believed in becoming complacent at work. Shoot for the stars, and when you get close to reaching them, make them go higher...so high that you always have to do better. When your glass was half empty, you demanded a larger glass filled even fuller. I promised myself that there would never be another company that could sway me to leave. I did that because of what you instilled in me and taught me for many many years. If Bruce Woolpert were running the company, then that's the only place I would work. I will carry this on because of you. So few CEO's that knew every Team Member by name and what they did for you. Amazing...simply amazing. No question we had was ever too crazy to run by you and you added extra hours to every single day to make sure all of our concerns were answered. I'll miss you Bruce more than anyone will ever know. Your legacy will continue and we will make Graniterock even stronger because of you
A great family has lost a great husband and dad- our prayers go out to RoseAnn, Marianne,and Arthur whom the Saint Francis HS Community has come to know and love so much!
Graniterock is a very special company and much of what made them special came directly from Bruce. He was an inspirational leader who cared deeply for his people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Woolpert family and to the Graniterock organization. He will be greatly missed.
I'm very sad to hear about Bruce's passing. The County of San Benito will miss him and his optimistic attitude.
Bruce was an inspiration and leader - not only in his words but also in his actions. His passing is a great loss to all that had the privilege of being in his presence. My condolences to his lovely family, his co-workers and his colleagues.
Our deepest sympathy to the Woolpert family, Joe & Skeeter Flores
Working at Graniterock, and having nothing but the best for of words for Bruce. Always so caring about his employees and work atmosphere. You don't see many CEO's like him so down to earth.
My thoughts and prayers for the Woolpert Family.
We were very sad to hear of Bruce Woolpert's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Woolpert family.
The Minvielle Family
One of Watsonville's finest !!!!
My deepest sympathy to the family. I use to work for GRC and Bruce made me feel welcome. I remember what a good speaker he was. Always seem to know how to put words together. Helped you improve yourself and believed in his charities. I wish the family peace.
i will always remember his ability to remember a persons name! what a great man,and the best company i ever worked for!
Our Saint Francis family has tragically lost a beloved member. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with our dear friends, the Woolpert family.
Our deepest condolences to Bruce's family, Luis Allende and ABSL Const. had the privelege of working and knowing such a "KIND" & "SIMPLE" gentleman.
Our sincere condolences to Bruce and his family from all of us at EPIC. Bruce truly "walked his talk". His commitment to excellence, will help the Granite Rock team to persevere through this horrible tragedy.
So sorry to hear of Bruce's sudden passing our condolences to his family and special thoughts for you Steve...will keep you all in our payers.
As a vendor for the Graniterock company, PondBuilder is sad to hear of such a tragic loss, a leader, a visionary for the company- Bruce Woolpert, is survived by a statewide iconic business, his family and friends who knew Bruce very well.
My days with Bruce, Steve and his family and our friends were memorable. Bruce's smile and laugh is how I remember him. My deepest of sympathy to all of the Woolpert family.
I will never forget how Bruce stepped in to help my children and me after the death of my husband. A true gentleman in every way, a great loss for us all. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Bruce was a wonderful guy with an extraordinary desire to have everyone achieve all they could in life. His life was just too damn short. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family.
ALL MY CONDOLENCES TO BRUCE AND HIS FAMILY. CELIA FIOROVICH AND FAMILY
A thought leader. An inspiration. A servant to all he met. A father. A husband. A mentor. A friend. You will be missed Bruce but the great people you've left an impression on will carry your spirit forward...forever.
Our sincere condolences to Bruce's family. My husband and I had the privalege of working for both Bruce Sr. & Jr. and can attest to the atmosphere of "Excellence" as employees. The Construction industry has experienced a great loss. Bruce will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woolpert Family.
Alex & Diane Griego
San Jose, CA
It was quite a special thing to work alongside a CEO who not only came to the office everyday but who worked in the exact same cubicle as everyone else. Bruce was always open and caring with never a hint of superiority. I'm sure his absence will be felt forever at GRC.My deepest sympathy to his wife and children.
My High School memories of Bruce were of the ultimate gentleman and host. My heart goes out to his family and friends; he is gone to young.
We extend our condolences to the Woolpert family and the Granite Rock family from the McNear family and the McNear Brick and Block family. The construction industry has lost a true leader in our region.
Extremely sad loss for the family, the community and Graniterock. Having grown up around the Woolpert household I have many fond memories of Bruce especially his laugh and sense of humor!
Our prayers and thoughts are with the fmaily!
So Sorry to hear of Bruce's Passing. What a loss to our community. He was a great guy. Marilee Riordan-Alaga
A great leader was lost on Sunday. In a world so in need of men of this caliber and character, Mr. Woolpert will truly be missed. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go to the family and friends. May God bless and care for you in this most difficult time.
Rose Ann, Marianne and Author, my condolences to the three of you and your extended families. We have all lost a great man. Although I have recently joined the Graniterock family Bruce helped me feel welcome from our first introduction. There won't be a recognition day that we all won't miss seeing Bruce diligently taking note. His smile will always be remembered. God bless.
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
My prayers go to the family he was a great man and will be mist.
Bruce was a person of integrity and professionalism. His memory is a blessing to us all.
President & CEO
San Francisco Bay Railroad
We send many prayers to Bruce's family and all who were touched by his generous soul and goodness of heart. Rest in peace, Bruce.
Bruce was my first manager at Hewlett-Packard when I joined the Marketing group in 1980. He was such a remarkable man, and made us all better marketers, and quite frankly better people. What I remember most about Bruce was his caring, human side. I never saw him lose his temper, or bad-mouth another person. He would always help us see how to make things work, to makes things better. Plus he was a brilliant marketer. What a monumental loss.
Many years ago I had the opportunity to hear Bruce Woolpert talk about his philosophy in hiring staff and training and how it was key in creating a positive and successful work team at Granite Rock.
I have a quote from that talk on a post it note on my computer. I've kept it in front of me to inspire me in my own job as a trainer and interviewer. It says simply:
"People want to make a difference."
Thank you Bruce. You made a difference for me.
My condolences to his family, friends and a crew that he was very proud of at Granite Rock.
Bruce's generosity and kindness will leave a big hole in our local community. My prayers go out to the Woolpert family.
Bruce was a tremendous human being. The kind we should all hope to be a little more like. He exhibited grace and humanity in everyday life..I am so saddened by his death. But am grateful to have known him. there must be joy in heaven for his presence..I pray Gods peace to his family. My family's love and prayers are with them.
My deepest condolences for Bruce's passing. I was his niece's and nephew's teacher at Tres Pinos School about 10 years ago (Joseph and Melissa Woolpert).
I walked a Pet Friends dog at the Wag n' Walk on June 16, 2012.
God bless the Woolpert family. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers, especially Steve.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce's family. God Bless Claudette Cordova Retana
A GREAT PERSON WITH DOWN TO EARTH CHARACTERISTICS. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.
Wishing Bruce's family much peace and support during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
Dientes Community Dental Care Board and Staff
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Woolpert family. On behalf of the Cement Masons Apprenticeship I would like to say Bruce was fair to us and giving opportunities to young people who wanted to enter the trade. Many lifes were changed because of those chances. God Bless.
So very sorry for your loss...what a great man and leader...he will be missed by everyone...we have some very fond memories of Bruce at many Granite Rock events...In our thoughts and Prayers...Ron and Diane Atkins
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.