Bruce Errington Melchor III

Bruce Errington Melchor III
Norfolk - Bruce Errington Melchor III, 64, of Norfolk, passed away Sunday, October 6.

Born to Bruce E. Melchor Jr. and Patricia Boyd Melchor in Norfolk in 1949, Bruce graduated from Norfolk Academy. He went on to attend Roanoke College, where he was student body president, and earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary. Bruce was the president of Boyd-Bluford, a wholesale distributorship, for over thirty years. The entire community felt the unfailing energy and work ethic he showed on the job, as he was often seen enthusiastically jetting around town.

Bruce led a life of public service, with a strong passion to help students achieve their educational goals. He was the longest-serving Board of Trustees member at his alma mater, Roanoke College (38 years), was a member of the Tidewater Community College Board (30 years), and became the first president of the TCC Educational Foundation.

He served as president of the Lochhaven Civic League (8 years) and as a member of the Virginia Zoo Board and the Cosmopolitan Club. He participated in several Norfolk City Council committees and was an active member of the church council at First Lutheran.

Bruce was known for his gentle, kind spirit, and his love of nature. He enjoyed spending time outdoors with family and friends on the Eastern Shore and sharing his passions with others. He also found beauty in man-made things as an avid collector of art and antiques.

Bruce is survived by his parents; his wife Elizabeth Fife Melchor; his two children, son Douglas Alyn Melchor and daughter Margaret Elizabeth Melchor; father-in-law Alyn F. Fife; brother R. Boyd Melchor; sisters Lee M. Turlington and Anne M. Bremus; and several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at First Lutheran Church in Norfolk, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, Virginia 24153. Condolences may be offered by mail or online through

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 9, 2013