Robert F. Bruce

CANDIA - Robert Farnsworth Bruce, 60, of Candia, formerly of Merrimack, and Brimfield, and Sturbridge, Mass., passed away peacefully on May 3, 2014, at his home in Candia surrounded by his loving family.Bob was born in Worcester, Mass., son of the late Chandler G. Bruce Sr. and Dora M. (Farnsworth) Bruce Fossett, and the stepson of Edward Fossett.In his life, Bob served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer working on P-3 Orions, a submarine hunting aircraft. Most recently, he was employed by EMC of Westborough, Mass., as a principal software quality engineer. Bob had worked in the software industry for Wang, Adaptec and Getronics. He founded Starlite Systems International, developing software and coding for small and large companies and creating intricate networks for police, fire and emergency municipal services. He worked at the Wilton Police Department as an officer. He also served his community of Candia on the Planning Board for three years and on the board for the Manchester family homeless shelter for five years.Bob Bruce was interested in improving the world around him. He was very involved with the New Hampshire Democratic Party and in trying to bring a "better way" to all the residents of New Hampshire. To that end, he ran for state representative, Executive Council and U.S. Congress. Bob was always working for the betterment of those around him.He enjoyed the peace and solitude of fresh-water fishing, working with his tractor to develop his property and was an accomplished woodworker. Bob spent the last 17 years renovating his 1800s farmhouse and left many projects as "parting gifts." He truly was a man of many resources.He was the "Man Friend" and "The Husband" of Carol Jordan, who was devotedly "Bob's Wife." They were joined in marriage on July 5, 1998 (Bob's last day of freedom) on the Carousel in Hull, Mass. They enjoyed all of the ups and downs in their life together. They enjoyed traveling all over the world, from standing on the corner in Winslow, Ariz., to strolling down Abbey Road and everything in between.He was loving parent to Bridget Heard; loving grandfather to her son, Christian Hyatt of Merrimack; father to Maria Heard and grandfather to her sons Melvin, Michael and Dylan of Akron, Ohio; loving brother to Chandler Bruce of Manchester and Candace Barone of Hull, Mass; uncle to Tamra Masterson and Brian Knibbs; and grateful cousin to Judy Lilly of Trenton, Maine..

SERVICES: Visitation will be held on Friday, May 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., corner of Beech Street in Manchester. A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Everyone is invited to attend a celebration of life at the family's home in Candia following the services.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Bob's name be made to the Liberty House, 75 W. Baker St., Manchester, NH 03103 or to the VNA Home Health & Hospice Services, 1070 Holt Ave. Suite 1400, Manchester, NH 03109. Condolences may be offered at

Funeral Home

McHugh Funeral Home & Cremation Service
283 Hanover Street Manchester, NH 031044920
(603) 622-0962

Published in Union Leader on May 7, 2014