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Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA

OBITUARY

Robert Bruce Cantwell

September 30, 1953March 21, 2020

Robert Bruce Cantwell September 30, 1953 – March 21, 2020

Bruce was unexpectedly called to be with our father in Heaven on March 21, 2020. Bruce, known to some as Dad, G-Daddy, coach, Big Pink, Mr. Warmth, touched the lives of so many. He spoke to everyone, and, I mean, everyone! For those who called Bruce a friend remained as such no matter how long since they last saw or spoke to him. From Kazoo brothers, Lenape High School friends, I&D colleagues to Minutemen football Alum, all would crack a smile at the mention of his name.

Born in Rancocas Woods, New Jersey to Robert Earl Cantwell and Esther M. Cantwell, he lived much of his life in Southern New Jersey before moving to Brunswick, Georgia in 2011.

A staple in the tradeshow industry, Bruce connected with people across the country, whether it be a company executive or the new guy on the dismantle team. With cigar in tow, Bruce walked the show floors as if the Mayor of the convention center, not making it far between greeting another friend.

As coach, Bruce led his sons’ teams in football, baseball and basketball, earning at least one championship for each son. His joy and passion for coaching caused him to continue after his sons left, adding more championships and friends to his resume.

In South Jersey, Bruce hosted neighborhood barbecues, golfed with the boys, and spent an innumerate amount of hours on his boat trying to catch fish. Not always a successful fisherman but he loved spending time on the boat with family and friends.

In Georgia, his love of people brought him to the Royal Oaks Homeowners Association golf tournaments, fishing days, and tide floats, the Carolina Shag Dance Club, and the good folks at Jekyll Island Marina. He loved volunteering at the PGA event on Sea Island and using his golf pass with his sons.

He is survived by his sisters; Linda, Carol, Karen, and Diane; sister-in-law Diane, wife Deb; sons Chad and Ryne; daughter-in-laws Jessica and Dana; step-sons Cameron and Dillon; step daughter-in-law Lauren; grandchildren Elizabeth, Leonardo, Caroline, and Sophie and his black lab Baby Girl.

Services are still to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, please keep Bruce’s spirit alive by living life to the fullest and helping those in the community; give to charity, donate blood, or help a neighbor.

Rest easy dad, and, as you would say, it was one for the books.

Services

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Jim Curri

April 2, 2020

Bruce was a giant of a man with an even bigger heart. We wrestled together at Rutgers him being the heavyweight and me the 126 pounder. He was also my big brother at Kazoo until I had to drop out due to my grades! Boy was he mad!!! But I loved the guy and it saddens me to hear the news. Please cherish the fond memories and God bless all of you. See you on the mat in heaven one day Bruce!

Tom Carr

April 1, 2020

Brother Bruce, Kazoo brother, will be missed at OUR annual golfing/Goofing reunion. An "ALL-Star" in every aspect!
Visit us at OUR reunions; just to keep a protective eye over US? Salve Brother!
Save me a place next to you, when we meet again, in better times. You are OUR/Kazoo MVP! ALL my prayers 🙏
"TC"-Tom Carr( 73).

John Boswell

April 1, 2020

So much to say. Bruce you will be missed. Tears are running down my face. Tracy and I were fortunate the day we met. (The Cantwells were lucky too.) Your boys are a chip off the old block. We are all proud. Hope to see Chad, Ryan and thier families, soon.

Many memories,, seeing you taking the family in big pink, taking sooo many trips, sporting events, practices, too many to list. Cannot forget Jays Elbow Room, Sheleans, and others.

Fourth of July and Christmas eve are fond memories.

Again so many great times, we thank you for that.
Hunz and Dooby.

Cheryl Wood

April 1, 2020

Bruce was such a good humored, fun loving person. When I first met Bruce on the show floor, you just felt like you knew him all your life. He had a way of making you feel important and appreciated. He always had a positive attitude, no matter what the situation - which there were many on the convention center floor. He would always make a point of coming by and saying hi or taking a moment to find out about what is going on in your world. I don't think I ever saw Bruce without a big smile on his face. We all belong to a very interesting industry and Bruce was a bright spot in that. He will definitely be missed by all that he touched throughout the years.
My prayers and condolences to the family.
Cheryl Wood, Director Business Development;
ADEX International, Cincinnati, OH

Bonita Kirby

March 31, 2020

My husband Ray and I know him from visiting his sister Carol in North Carolina,we were her next door neighbors. We also attended his niece Chelsea's wedding..He was always lively, friendly and kind to everyone.. May he rest in the arms of Jesus..Sincere condolences to his 👪 family.

Bob & Patty Niszczak

March 30, 2020

It's been a little over a week since we received the news about our friend of over 30 years. It's still hard to imagine a world without Big Bruce because he was larger than life. Some people's glass is half full but Bruce's was always completely full and it was contagious. There are so many memories from football games, wrestling matches, barbecues, impromptu cycle rides to bike week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Bruce, you will be sadly missed my friend.

Chris Niszczak

March 30, 2020

I am so grateful to have known Mr. Cantwell for as long as I did and that he was such a big part of my growing up. All the great memories I have of him will live on forever .......yelling at me as I was a terrible baseball player on the team he coached, getting sick on his fishing boat, greeting us with bear slaps across the chest when he came home from work as we (all Ryne’s friends) were always at his house playing sports and swimming in his pool, and cruising around in Big Pink heading to wrestling matches and football games with Big Bruce at the wheel and my dad riding shotgun. Awesome memories that I will always cherish and be thankful for.

Rest easy Mr. Cantwell

Sending thoughts and prayers to Ryne, Chad, and the entire family

Chris Niszczak

Roger Williams

March 30, 2020

How do I tell you about my good friend Bruce. I've hesitated for a week because I knew that whatever I said it wouldn't be enough.
We first met in 3rd grade and have been great friends since. We went to grade school, high school and attended college together at Rutgers. We played Little league baseball together and my Dad was the manager. I can still recall Dad saying, "Bruce, you're running too long in one place!"
We hung in some what different circles in high school, as Bruce lettered in in Football and Wrestling and I lettered in Golf and Bowling but that didn't stop us from being good friends. When we were in college we pledged KSU together and later Bruce brought Dibo (and I mean BROUGHT), a fellow wrestler to pledge. Dibo and I eventually married sisters and I would sometime joke if it wasn't for Bruce none of that would have happened. I eventually moved to MD and then PA and Bruce to Ga but that never kept us apart. Bruce would always call me on my birthday and I would call him on his, every year! We would see each other at the annual KSU golf outing as Bruce made it priority to attend.
I remember one year someone hit a drive into Bruce's group and when "confronted" they claimed they didn't see him. Bruce replied, DIDN'T SEE ME?, I'm 250 pounds, wearing a pink shirt and I was in the middle of the fairway!"
When we were younger, Bruce, my brother Gary and I were throwing snow balls at cars on Marne highway. One car took offense and started to chase us. Bruce climbed up a tree to escape and Gary scooted across the highway while the car kept chasing me. They hurried back to my house and didn't tell my parents what was going on. But when I walked in 20 minutes later, Bruce looked up and innocently asked " where have you been?"
Bruce was one of a kind and will really be missed by many. He was a great influence on my life and I look forward to meeting up with him in on the other side. RIP my good friend!

Joyce Mollure

March 30, 2020

Words cannot even express how shocked and sorry I was at the news about Bruce. He was one of the kindest and happiest people I knew and I will always have some wonderful memories of our 20+ years together. He always had a great outlook on life and was always certainly ...living the dream! Going to miss our talks together.

Peter Stoddard

March 29, 2020

Please pardon that guests must copy & paste this link for my tribute to Bruce. We love you Mr. Warmth!

https://stoddardmedia.blogspot.com/2020/03/bruce-cantell-larger-than-life-trade.html

FROM THE FAMILY