OBITUARY

Bruce David Alexander

February 14, 1959September 8, 2019

Bruce David Alexander died on September 8, 2019 as he completed his 2019 goal of hiking Mount Audubon. He was proud of his accomplishment and passed peacefully. Bruce was born two months early, on February 14, 1959 and spent the first several weeks of his life in the hospital as a tiny preemie who might not make it to the outside world. Once he got there, he spent every waking moment living life to the fullest, sometimes to the point of exasperation, but always with joy, to his parents Jim & LaVerne. All along the way he loved all the people he met. Bruce grew up in Vestal, New York and attended Vestal Central High School making close friends with whom he kept in constant contact. He became an avid hockey player, and skier known to do back flips on the slopes of Greek Peak. He loved to visit Vestal, to see his parents, friends and old haunts, to attend his class reunions (VCHS ’77) and to spend a week at Camp of the Woods in the Adirondacks at Speculator, NY. It was at ‘Camp’ that he perfected his sailing skills. He was proud to regularly win the sailboat race around the island, and later in life he raced in their triathlon (swimming, canoeing and running) – winning that too. Bruce attended Canton Tech, and later University of Phoenix. He worked at Graftek then SUN Microsystems and Oracle where he project managed large multinational projects. He was most proud of his PMP and Scrum experience and talents. In 1981, Bruce moved to Boulder and lived in Boulder County for the rest of his life. He loved the mountains, skiing, hiking, the Rockies, the Broncos, and of course the CU Buffs. He met the love of his life, Jill Lovrien, and they have been happily married since November 26, 1983. Bruce was virtually adopted by his in-laws Barb and Marsh Lovrien, and he adopted their whole family in return. Bruce and Jill have two children, Jeffrey and Kelsey, and true to character, he was a devoted father treasuring his children more than anything, and instilling valuable life lessons for them to hold forever. Bruce was a regular figure at Monarch High School enthusiastically supporting Mo-Hi Football and held the title “Cheer Dad of the Year” all four years. Bruce and Jill lived in Louisville for the past several decades, where they built a tight community of friends. Bruce embraced his hometown, organizing events on Mulberry Street, judging the Louisville Labor Day Parade, and attending community events with his constant companion Fitzgerald. Bruce is survived by his wife Jill, his son’s family: Jeffrey and Sarah Beth Alexander and grandson Cliff, his daughter’s family: Kelsey and Shaun Taylor, and his “youngest child” Fitzgerald. He is also survived by his parents Jim and Laverne Alexander, his brother’s family: Jim and Laurie Alexander, Jamie Alexander, Zach and Emily Alexander and their twins Nora and Theo. As well as the Lovrien side: Kay (married to Marshall), Scott, Patty, Scott’s son Mikey, and Todd, Calla and their children, Tyler and Annie. Along with family, Bruce had countless friends and acquaintances. Once Bruce arrived, the outside world became a better place for having Bruce in it.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Camp of the Woods at www.camp-of-the-woods.org in honor of Bruce

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, September 16, 2019

Memories

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Arno van Leest

September 16, 2019

I have been working with Bruce for over 15 years and will miss our weekly talks. Bruce was a role model for me ; someone I aspired to be like. Full of integrity, enthusiasm , time for everyone and everything. There is definitely a Bruce-shaped hole in our lives...

Cathy Schwartz

September 16, 2019

Although we only shared a friendship through our furry friends you will be missed on the trails. Go Broncos. Go Bills
The ski slopes won’t be the same without you.
Thoughts and prayers to your family
Cathy.

Lestinsky family Louisville

September 15, 2019

We are going to miss Bruce jogging and strolling behind the house on the path. Thumbs up for the CU team and a grin on his face. Our hearts go out to his family.

Guy Mellott

September 12, 2019

I have several memories with Bruce, but my favorite was fishing with him almost 20 years ago at a STARS trip when we worked together at Sun Microsystems. Every time we bumped into each other we talked about that day and how much fun it was. Bruce IS a very nice person, who just so happens to be IN the presence of Jesus.

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens!

Margi and Guy

Joe Leggiero

September 12, 2019

Bruce has been in my life and like a big brother to me for 46 years. Our lives crossed in so many ways that it is hard to get through a day without doing something that reminds me of Bruce. When we lived in Vestal, Bruce taught me how to detail a car. He and I discussed stereos and music. We skateboarded together (though I won’t be doing that at my age). We played street sports and hung out. Bruce and I went to colleges in the same area of NY’s North Country so we would share stories of local hangouts and activities. Later, in our professional lives I would visit Bruce every time I was in Denver. Then, for the past 15 years we have worked at the same company and would often message to each other. Throughout the years we have been at weddings, funerals, and birthday parties. However, what brought us closest was that Bruce taught me to ski when I was in grade school. He even gave me his old boots and skis to start me out. We have been skiing together just about each year since then. I always look forward to our ski trips. Bruce and I talked just a couple days before he passed. We were planning to get together in October and we talked about finalizing this year’s ski trip. Bruce was a great person to many people. To me, he was also a great friend and a great “brother”.

We are all better for having had Bruce in our lives. The way he really “lived” his life and shared good times with others will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. Bruce helped to shape my life in a very positive way, and he will always occupy a special place in my heart.

On a final note: I find some comfort in knowing that Bruce was welcomed to heaven by his best friend, my brother Raymond who passed away 10 years ago.

Tim Stiles

September 11, 2019

Bruce and Jill,

So many great memories of the Graftek days and the wonderful "Dinner Nights" with the Alexanders, Monroes, Cromptons and Stiles. Sharing the births of our children so close together was so special and something I will always cherish. Bruce you were the only person I ever knew who said they loved to shovel snow! You even offered to shovel my walks for a year to paint your home:-). Love you Bruce, Tim

David Ryder

September 11, 2019

I met Bruce a few times while he was working at Graftek (I was a customer) between 1992-1996. A few years later, he let me know about some great opportunities at Sun (now Oracle) in Colorado -- I moved in 1999! AND Bruce was the first person to welcome me and took me to lunch at a deli over in Westminster. I will always remember him, his smile and his wisdom. <3

Ebony Caldwell

September 11, 2019

I didn't have the pleasure of working closely with Bruce. In the few times that we interacted, it was clear that Bruce was an expert in his field - yet he generously shared his time and knowledge with anyone who needed him. Bruce was full of life and enthusiastic about the future. Truly the best of the best. He will be missed.

Glenn Colin

September 11, 2019

I have known Bruce since the seventh grade. We started playing touch football in the Street in front of our homes. It was always Bruce and I against Dave and Ray. We became friends, no more like brothers... a few years later Jim became the fifth member of our gang. After school, we all went our separate ways. Sometimes we would go decades without seeing each other, yet whenever we did get together, it was like we just saw each other yesterday. Bruce was the glue that kept us together. There are so many memories; like sneaking into the OP when we were only 16, to our epic Monopoly tournaments and Putt-Putt. I miss him so much, I can't even imagine the pain Jill and the kids feel, my heart breaks for you.

Sandeep Razdan

September 11, 2019

Speechless,upset and angry with God is how i would describe myself when the news was received. I have met Bruce last year in Broomfield .We were in the first ART team as team mates. He used to get the team a lot of snacks and cookies on his own sweet gesture.
He was a kind and passionate person. We changed teams afterwards but he still made sure to pass me and all a Thank you Card and a Colorado lottery ticket as a gesture to show his gratitude to us as team members.
We will always keep and remember him in our prayers and in our hearts for years to come.
May God give peace to his noble soul and strength to the whole family in this time of grief.
His dog will miss him the most like all of us do.
We love you Bruce.

FROM THE FAMILY