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Bruce Rolland


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Bruce A. Rolland

Bruce was born on September 3, 1950, in Santa Monica, CA, the 3rd child of Raymond and Dorothy Rolland. He passed on April 19, 2015, at home in Redondo Beach, CA. He leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend of over 30 years, Emily Rolland.

His first years in Westchester, CA, were filled with antics with his cousin John. The Rolland and Jacobs families lived 3 doors apart which seemed more like one large family. Bruce's family moved to Santa Barbara in 1957. By high school Bruce was demonstrating his gift of creativity and mechanics when he restored a 1936 Plymouth and won top student awards. He joined the U.S. Navy with cousin John under the buddy system. Bruce's naval service of 8 years included 3 years stationed in Rota, Spain. After his Naval service, Bruce began his career at Northrop Grumman Corp. as a Ground Support Mechanic. His career included supervision, management, and his favorite position was an AOG Field Mechanic. He traveled for the company troubleshooting problems with fighter aircraft. He retired after 27 years as a Master Program Planner.

His retirement years were filled with his passion for restoring 19th century musical instruments and vintage automobiles. He won awards for his vehicles, some of which are now in 3 Southern California museums. His work has been featured in automotive books and television programs. He was an artist who displayed perfection and beauty in his work.

Bruce's journey with cancer demonstrated his ability to look for solutions, to reach out to others for knowledge and to give support. He was ferocious in holding onto hope. His support system of family and friends was immense and a reflection of the love that so many had for him. He was generous, kind, and never lost his sense of play. He left us far too soon.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Emily; sisters, Gwen Coxon and Gail (Michael) Stichler; nieces, Kris (Todd) Ewing, Kendra (Brian) Van Velzor and Hana Stichler; cousins, John (Peggy) Jacobs and Diane O'Hara, dear friend, KT; and much adored god-daughters Athena and Emma; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Moran, Evelyn Blizzard, Carol (Ray) Welch, Terry Luna (Rayna), Martha Rodriguez, Mandy Gonzalez, along with nephews and nieces whom he adored, along with close lifelong friends.
Services to be held Friday, April 24th at 9am at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 792-7599. An interment service will be held Friday, May 15th at 11am at Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. (805) 969-3231

In lieu of flowers please donate to The Cancer Support Community - Redondo Beach (310) 376-3550. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 23, 2015
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