Bruce Marshall
1962 - 2016
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Bruce T. Marshall, 54

WORCESTER - Bruce Turner Marshall passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016, in Gardner, MA. He was born July 23, 1962 in Ayer, MA, the son of Peter and Cecily (Mattocks) Marshall.

Bruce was the head hockey coach at Franklin Pierce University and was entering his second season. Prior to Franklin Pierce, Bruce guided a UConn hockey program over a 25-year span that produced seven All-Americans, 26 All-League conference selections and in 2000 he led UConn to a Division I MAAC championship. In his UConn coaching career he transitioned the program from Division III ECAC through Division I Atlantic Hockey Association to the doorstep of Division I Hockey East. He is the winningest coach in UConn hockey history amassing 355 victories and in 1991-92 won the Edward Jeremiah college division award for national coach of the year and was named the ECAC coach of the year at the conclusion of the 1991-92 season.

As an ambassador of UConn hockey Bruce was known as a persistent and successful fundraiser for UConn hockey. The fruits of his tenacity can be seen in the on campus Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum which opened in 1998.

He has previously spent time working with the USA Olympic Development program, served two terms as Vice President of the American Hockey Coaches Association and has sat on the Hobey Baker Award selection committee.

As a player, he lettered four years at UConn, played in 94 career games and was the co-captain of the 1984-85 season.

Prior to UConn Bruce attended Bancroft School, Worcester, MA and graduated from Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA where he played hockey and baseball.

Bruce was one of the most thoughtful and giving people one would ever encounter always thinking of others first, sending notes of thanks and remembering birthdays and other milestones of countless people that touched his life.

Bruce will be remembered by his players as a consummate teacher on and off the ice, guiding them and teaching them lessons that would serve them well long beyond their last shift. They will remember Bruce taking them to historical sights if the opportunity presented itself on a road trip.

Bruce was also known for his humor, practical joking and love of music especially Jackson Browne.

He leaves a huge void in our lives. Surviving him is a son Matthew, and three daughters, Mollie Marisa and Marikate.

He leaves his parents as well as three siblings, Jonathan and Sharon of Springfield, MA, Kristin Marshall Rogers of Cos Cob, CT, and Stephen and Nancy Marshall of Cazenovia, NY, as well as 11 nieces and nephews, and a dear friend Carolyn Butterworth.

The calling hours will be Friday, October 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral service will be Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m. in All Saints Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester. Burial in High Plain Cemetery, West Boylston, will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Franklin Pierce hockey program, Franklin Pierce University, C/O Bruce Kirsh-Athletic Director, 40 University Drive, Ringe NH, 03461; or to The Bruce Marshall Foundation - whose mission is to provide strength, hope, courage and love to coaches and athletes in need; PO Box 298, Storrs, CT, 06268.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2016.
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January 5, 2017
Dear Marshall Family,

A vivid memory I have of Bruce is from a sunny day in the spring of 1981, when after connecting with a Milton Academy pitcher's fastball, Bruce exclaimed "Yes!" as he watched the ball fly out of the park and into the Charles River in left field for a home run. Bruce rounded the bases with the biggest smile- and we all met him at home plate to share in the pure joy of that moment with our beloved friend and teammate.

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall and Steve, I am almost certain you were at the ball field that day, and hope my retelling of Bruce's homer in his last high school at bat brings back a warm memory of that day and moment, and the many others our families shared in hockey rinks and baseball fields all those years ago. It does for me.

I am very sorry for your loss.

With deepest sympathy,

Dan Rice
Dan Rice
October 23, 2016
Dear Cecily, Peter and Marshall family,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son Bruce. ALthough we did not know Bruce, the many comments make it clear that he was a wonderful person and coach, who impacted many lives in a positive way. Our thoughts and prayers are with
you at this sad time.
SIncerely, Wayne and Dianne Paradis
WAyne and Dianne Paradis
October 23, 2016
Dear Cecily, Peter and family: We are so saddened to learn of the loss of your dear son, Bruce. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and sending you our love,
Helen and Michael Dalton
Helen Dalton
October 22, 2016
I met Bruce 4 years ago, we became great friends immediately. The one thing I adored about him the most was he always had a smile on his face, and loved to make people feel good, and laugh. He was kind and compassionate, and loved people of all walks of life. He would talk to me endlessly about Matt, Molly, Marissa, and Marikate and how proud he was of all of you. He would talk about how proud he was of you Matt for getting into UVM, and would send me pictures of Molly playing hockey, and would often speak of how well you do in school, and rowing. He was so happy you were going to UConn. Marissa and Marikate he would talk of the two of you often and how he was happy when you started school with Molly. I know one of the things he loved the most was when he would watch movies with you Marikate, and hang out and enjoy 1 on 1 time with you. He loves all of you so much as you know, he would beam everytime he spoke of any and all of you. I recently lost my Mom, although I am older, but I do empathize with your pain, and I am so very sorry. Always know he is right with you every single day, still supporting you and encouraging you. All of you will always be in my prayers.
Deborah Laflamme
October 22, 2016
Dear Marshall family,

I could not believe the incredibly sad news of Bruce's passing when I heard. He was a caring and thoughtful gentlemen that I was happy to call my friend and coach. After graduating, life eventually brought me to Wisconsin and we lost touch. But I will always have lasting memories of him. We lost him much too soon. My family and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to you in this time of grief and loss.
Anders Johnson, Class of '02
October 21, 2016
Dear Marshall Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
Scott and Jackie Baker
October 21, 2016
Dear Cecily, Peter and family,
We are deeply saddened by the news of Bruce's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Harriet and Bruce Pattison
October 20, 2016
I was the UCONN athletic Trainer for UCONN when Bruce played and when he returned as Head Coach. I worked with him daily, traveled with him, and worked summer camps. He truly cared for the student athletes he coached. I saw every aspect of his life for 25 years. He was loyal, and dependable as the sun. Bruce was a lot of things but most of all he was my friend. I shall miss him dearly.
Ralph Mansell
October 20, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Bruce was a hero long before he was a coach...he will live on in many, many hearts.
He actually made me proud to be a Raven...
Just a Member Class of 1979
October 20, 2016
We are very sad to hear of Bruce's passing. His daughter was in the same elementary and middle school class as my son. We got to know Bruce and all of his family through numerous school and town activities. Our hearts go out to his family, especially to his children.

This is a very sad time for all of us in this Storrs community\Goodwin Elementary School family who have lost a special parent.
Leslie, Fred & Matthew Turner
October 20, 2016
To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not to Die

Thoughts and prayers for the family and their friends in this difficult time
4th liner outdoor rink
October 20, 2016
To the Marshall Family,
What a wonderful summation of Bruce's life. My Dad was a UConn hockey player in the late 1960's. He was a yearly donor to the hockey program and was so happy that Bruce was coach of it. My Dad passed away 21 years ago today and the last package that was delivered to the house with his name on it was a UConn hockey v neck sweater with a note from Bruce attached thanking him for his donation to the hockey program. I treasure that sweater to this day. I have followed what Bruce has done with the program over the years. I know he moved on, but was thrilled to see the program grow under his care.
May you all be proud of what he accomplished in his career. My sincere condolences in this trying time.
Allison Tarkiainen-Asaro
October 20, 2016
Thank you coach for always being there for me.You will be greatly missed by everyone that was fortunate to know you.Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Phil Scarinci
October 20, 2016
I was so very saddened to hear of Coach Marshall's passing. I will always fondly remember him coaching the Huskies at U Conn. He made my son's college years so memorable. I'm sending my thoughts and prayers.
Donna Angell
October 19, 2016
Dear Marshall family,
I never met Bruce, but I only heard great things from my neighbor who had the honor of playing for him last season and this year at Franklin Pierce. He was so excited about the new season. In the many conversations I had with my neighbor about Coach Marshall I felt like I new him. I was shocked and sadden to hear the news. Bruce his family and all his players have been in my many thoughts and prayers. May God be with you during this very challenging time. My sincere condolences.
Bob Baillargeon
October 19, 2016
What a beautiful tribute to Bruce. You captured who he was and how he changed the world around him through his coaching, mentorship and humor. My love to the whole Marshall+ family.
Jennifer Marshall Weydeveld
October 19, 2016
Dear Marshall Family:

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bruce's passing this weekend. While captain of the UConn hockey team my freshman year, he demonstrated leadership, tenacity and a great sense of humor. He dedicated his life to coaching the wonderful sport of ice- hockey. Over the years, he used his coaching position to provide mentorship and developed the character of a multitude of student-athletes. He will be greatly missed by all that were fortunate to have been touched by his presence. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
With Sincere Sympathy,
Dr. J. T. Marcoux and Family
John Marcoux
October 19, 2016
Dear Cecily and Peter-We are with you and yours heart and soul. I'm sending a copy of this to our son Paul, who is a sports broadcaster in Philly-Lots of love- Reva and Herb Jolovitz
Reva Jolovitz
October 19, 2016
Dear Marshall Family,

Sorry to hear about the loss of Bruce. I worked with Bruce for a year at UConn over 25 years ago and we were friends ever since. My deepest sympathy on this tremendous loss.

Frank Polera
Reno, Nevada
Frank Polera
October 19, 2016
Dear Marshall family,
We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Bruce. We first met him when he coached our son, Matt at the old and cold rink on the UCONN campus. He was a great coach, very invested in the kids. and he was just a nice guy.
Please know we are thinking of you and hoping many happy memories will help deal with this loss, now and in the future.
Ginny Lawless and the Wooten family.
October 19, 2016
Marshall Family,

We are deeply saddened by your tremendous loss. Bruce was a wonderful person, a great friend, colleague and coach. We will always cherish the great memories of good times together. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Our Sincere Sympathy,
The Donohue Family
Jim Donohue
October 19, 2016
I have known Bruce for 35 years and not only coached against him when he played at UCONN but also when we coached against each other in college hockey. He was a great friend and I am deeply saddened.
My thoughts and prayers to the kids and his family.
Brian Cavanaugh
former Head Coach , Canisius College 1980-2004.
Director of Athletics
D'Youville College
Buffalo, NY
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