Bruce W. Sowalski
Sowalski, Bruce W. SAND LAKE With great sadness, we mourn the April 2, 2020, loss of Bruce Sowalski, age 68 of Sand Lake, N.Y.. Bruce lost a hard-fought battle with the COVID-19 virus. Bruce is survived by his wife and soulmate, Lorraine Ferguson; and his siblings Debbie (Lyman) Cross, Cathy (Ron) White, and Craig Sowalski. He cherished his nephew and nieces: Paul (Sue) Cross, Nikki (Nick) Scarnato, Melodie (Edgard) Robelo, Danielle and Sierra Sowalski; and his great-nephews and nieces: Matthew, Brianna, Amanda, Jonas, and Claudia. He held a special place in the hearts of his inlaws, Theresa and Al Ferguson. He led a life filled with compassion for others, expressed in caregiving of his recently deceased mother, volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul's food pantry, and contributing to many charitable and artistic associations. He was involved with The Food Pantries for the Capital District since 2005, serving on their board since 2011. Bruce was the recipient of the 2018 Sister Mary Coons Award for his service. He volunteered with the Sand Lake Business Association town-wide garage sale, the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program and Five Rivers Bluebird and Raptor Counts, Cohoes Music Hall, and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society fostering cats. Bruce loved to be with people and found his special place at Big Bowman Pond where he took on the role of "social director" with the quest of bringing the lake community together for talent shows, Friday night cocktails via peddle boat, dinners, and gatherings at the house, and long walks along the lake chatting with neighbors. Bruce was happiest puttering around his yard and sitting on the dock with a good book and a glass of wine in hand. He was known for his easygoing manner and a great sense of humor. He was loved by everyone and was surrounded by friends from all walks of his life. Of special mention are his high school friends Herb, Danny, and Paul. He was the cook in the family much to Lorraine's delight. Most evenings were spent dining together at home, catching up on the day's events. Bruce traveled extensively with Lorraine, to such places as South Korea, Vietnam, Ecuador, Portugal, Cuba, Guatemala, and Tanzania. Often, the trips included birdwatching. Traveling opened up his world to the cultures and experiences he cherished. Bruce enjoyed working in the marketing and communications field including WXXA, Sprint, Independent Wireless, and as a private consultant. Special thanks to the unsung heroes of Albany Medical Center ICU who cared for Bruce and to everyone praying for him along the way. Bruce lived life to its fullest and touched many lives along his journey. He will be remembered for his kindness to all. Rest in peace, our good friend. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Donations in his memory can be made online at or by mail to The Food Pantries, 32 Essex St., Albany 12206. To leave a special message for the family online, visit

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Published by Albany Times Union on Apr. 5, 2020.
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Oh Lorraine, I am so very sorry, this is hard news to grasp. My heart goes out to you and Bruce's family and loved ones. I always enjoyed spending time with you and Bruce at your gracious gatherings in your Voorheesville home.
April 21, 2020

My condolences.
David Czelusniak
April 11, 2020
Oh Lorraine, words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of the loss of your soulmate. So very sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barbara Meehan
April 10, 2020
Lorraine-My staff and I are so very saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. He was always a gentleman and one of our favorite people to serve and speak with over the many years of our professional relationship. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
John Capobianco
April 10, 2020
Hello Lorraine, we are so sorry for your loss and our sincere condolences to you. I am in shock of Bruce's passing for you and the Sowalski family. I will always remember Bruce being the "spark" of the family get togethers. He was always a caring person. I just heard of Bruce's passing on the nighly news. My agency is assisting the state in fighting the COVID-19 battle and know first hand how bad this virus really is. All my prayers are with you. Joyce & Michael A Verreau Sr. (cousin)
Michael Verreau Sr
April 9, 2020
Lorrraine, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family. Mary Murphy from Pearlinsurance
Mary Murphy
April 9, 2020
So sorry to hear about Bruce. He was a good steward for the lake and a better person. I am proud to have worked with him during my time with the state DEC, and hope his loved ones can find solace in these troubling times.
Scott Kishbaugh
April 8, 2020
We send our sincerest sympathy, Lorraine. Although we haven't seen you and Bruce lately, we will always have fond memories of bottling wine and dinners with you both at Art & Dottie's. Will remember Bruce's sense of humor and honest smile. Thinking of you at this saddest of times.
Bob & Mary Anne Pollack
April 8, 2020
On behalf of the NYS Federation of Lake Associations, Inc., I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Sowalski family. Bruce was a friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated CSLAP volunteer and lake steward for Big Bowman Pond, and we are deeply saddened to receive this news.
Nancy Mueller
April 8, 2020
Lorraine, Oh I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I have nothing but the fondest of memories during the times we would gather at our work reunions and Bruce would come along to see everyone again. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.
Scott Brennan
April 7, 2020
Dear Lorraine,

I am Gene Urgento Brace would come in Pie Bakery & Sweet Shop & I was on the board with him of the Sand Lake Business Association he was a wonderful person. Gene Urgento
Eugene Urgento
April 7, 2020
Dear Lorraine,

We were shocked and saddened to learn of Bruce's passing. He always had a smile and an anecdote to share. Fred and I hope you can find much needed comfort in your memories of a journey filled with love, laughter and adventure with Bruce.

All our prayers
Colleen & Fred Halley
April 7, 2020
Lorraine, I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce a few times and admired his commitment to the SVD food pantry. We pray for peace for you and your family during this time. I'm sure you'll cherish lots of great memories.
Bob & Kathy Sheehan
April 7, 2020
Dear Lorraine,
I was shocked to hear this news and so sad for your loss. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Sending love and wishing you peace during this extremely difficult time.
Lisa Giruzzi
April 6, 2020
Our hearts, Thoughts and prayers go out to you during this tragic time.
Sheila Capital Region Chamber
April 6, 2020
To Bruce's Family -- My deepest condolences. I worked with Bruce at IWO and he was a very kind man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Elaine Bartley
April 6, 2020
Amanda Tunstall
April 6, 2020
Lorraine and the Kowalski family - Fred and I are so shocked and saddened by this news. You and Bruce have been such wonderful additions to our Music Hall family. Bruce was so generous with his time and heart, and always quick with an offer to help. What a gracious man. We will miss him. Know that you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Holly Brown
April 5, 2020
I did not know Bruce well but I knew him since he was at WXXA. Whenever I had the good fortune to see or talk to him over the years, it always put a smile on my face. This news brought a tear to my eyes for his family and the community. I'm sure there are many more people who feel the same way. It's people like Bruce who make life much more pleasant. My condolences to his family and the people who knew him best.
Jill Brass
April 5, 2020
Lorraine, I am so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was always a pleasure to talk to. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Kaczynski
April 5, 2020
Dear Lorraine: Thinking of you in this time of sorrow & my heart is broken for your loss. I knew Bruce many years ago & we have mutual friends to this day. Reading about everything he was involved in, about his kindness & caring for the world & his community was so beautiful and surely made you grateful to be his wife & to share your love and life with a man who had such a big heart.
Mary Blessing
April 5, 2020