Bruce Morris Applegate (1945 - 2018)

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Bruce Morris Applegate, 72, of Wellsboro, formerly of Nazareth, passed peacefully to eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at his home.
Born in Wilson Borough on Nov. 4, 1945, he was a son of the late Morris J. and Lucille W. (Flick) Applegate.
He was the loving husband of Bonnie L. (Filchner) Applegate. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on May 14.
A 1963 graduate of Nazareth Area High School, Bruce worked as an accountant at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 31 years. He also worked as the theater director at Nazareth Area High School for 24 years and was executive director of the Blue Eagle Education Foundation.
Bruce was a member of the Nazareth Lions and Rotary Clubs and was a very active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church where he served as a lay pastor, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, and participated in vocal and bell choirs.
Bruce's love of theater began when he was in fifth grade. Over the years he appeared in or directed over 150 productions in the Lehigh Valley, with the Whitfield Players, and Pennsylvania Playhouse, and other groups.
He co-produced Nazareth's Heritage Revue for the 250th anniversary in 1990 and was remembered as "the real Santa' by those who heard his annual reading of "The Night Before Christmas" at the Nazareth Memorial Library during the walking tours.
Bruce, aka, Santa, appeared at the Nazareth community tree lighting ceremony for more than 30 years and generations of families had the gift of home visits from Santa for nearly 48 years.
After retiring to Wellsboro in 2008, Bruce continued his involvement in theater where he worked with Hamilton Gibson productions as a performer, director, and overseer of the conversion of a local warehouse into their new theater space.
Bruce's commitment to the community, constant pursuit of excellence and quiet strength have left us with beautiful memories and a legacy to live up to.
In addition to his loving wife, Bonnie, he is survived by two daughters, Denise Delp, of DuBois, and Karen Steele and her husband, Kirth, of Emmaus; four grandchildren, Erin McLaughlin, Brandon Dollar and his wife, Melissa (Canaway), Cory McLaughlin, and Wayne Bruce Delp.
Bruce was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald M. Applegate.
Services: will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 12 noon in the George C. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., 2165 Community Drive, Route 946, Village of Moorestown-Bath, Pa. 18014.
Friends and relatives are invited to call Saturday morning from 10 a.m.. to 12 noon in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Hecktown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered in memory of Bruce to the Nazareth Area Blue Eagle Education Foundation, Nazareth Area School District, c/o Nicole Lesky Bloise, Executive Director, One Education Plaza, Nazareth, PA 18064.
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George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc.
2165 Community Drive
Bath, PA 18014-9503
(610) 759-3901
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Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17, 2018
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