PRUCE, Dr. Harry B.
Dr. Harry B. Pruce, "Poppy," 101, of West Hartford, CT and Forest Hills, NY. With a warm smile and an endless talent for expression, Poppy brought laughter and an ever-present sharp whit to each family gathering. With his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by his side, Poppy passed away late Sunday, October 27th, cloaked in more then a century of love, two days before his 102nd birthday. Predeceased by his wife Beverly, Poppy will affectionately be missed by his family and life long friends. Born October 29th, 1911 in Manhattan, New York, he was the son of Adolf and Rebecca Pruce. who had emigrated from Romania. After attending Columbia University, he entered dental school in 1933, combining a love of music and his talent as an accomplished pianist to play gigs on weekends. In 1943, he was enlisted as a Captain in the United States Air Force, promoted to Major in 1945, serving in Japan until 1946. In 1940 he married Beverly (Katz) Pruce. They had two children, Marny and Andrew, who were the pride and joy of their lives. He and Beverly were celebrated members of the Pasha's, traveling the world with life long friends. His busy dental practice was located in Manhattan, affectionately called "Doc" by the jewelers on 47th street, who were his patients for the greater part of fifty years. Poppy's favorite past time was to be outside walking or listening to classical music. With a thirst for knowledge, Poppy prided himself on reading and knowing obscure details, which easily engaged with his insightful answers. He knew all and forgot nothing. As a grandfather, Poppy had a special relationship with each of his five grandchildren. Taking each on trips, walks through Manhattan and special quiet moments of understanding. He shared his propensity to love with his great-grandchildren, always generous with laughter and indulgences for what made each feel special. The family is grateful to the care Poppy received while living at the Hebrew Home and Hospital and the engaging day care program and staff. Sincere appreciation extends to the wonderful medical care from Saint Francis Hospital in these past weeks. Poppy leaves behind his daughter and son in law, Marny and Dr. Tom Stevens of Farmington, CT whose untiring commitment and love allowed Poppy to live a wonderfully full life. His son and daughter in law Andy and Leslie Pruce of Charlotte, North Carolina. His cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jamie Stevens Silverstein and her children Noa and Jacob, Eric Stevens and his daughter Layla, Gerin Stevens and her husband Shai, Hallie and Danny Pruce. Close friends, Don and Barbara Weisman, who always shared special times with Harry and his family. Poppy's legacy will be cherished by his adoring family and dearly missed by his many friends and extended family.
The funeral services will be graveside TODAY, Tuesday Oct. 29 at 11 AM, his birthday, in the Beth El Cemetery in Avon, 15 Jackson St. off of Arch Rd., with Rabbi Stanley Kessler officiating. The family will be receiving friends and observing Shiva at the home of Marny and Tom Stevens, 14 Northeast Road, Farmington, Tuesday following the funeral and Wednesday, from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to The Hebrew Home and Hospital, 1 Abrahms Boulevard, West Hartford, CT 06117. Funeral arrangements provided by Hebrew Funeral Association, West Hartford.