Robert F. Bruce

August 14, 1953May 3, 2014

Robert Farnsworth Bruce, age 60, of Candia, New Hampshire, formerly of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Brimfield, and Sturbridge, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2014 at his home in Candia surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, son of the late Chandler G. Bruce, Sr. and Dora M. (Farnsworth) Bruce Fossett, and the stepson of Edward Fossett.

In his life, Bob served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer working on P-3 Orions, a submarine hunting aircraft. Most recently, he was employed by EMC of Westborough, Massachusetts, as a Principal Software Quality Engineer. Bob had worked in the software industry for Wang, Adaptec, and Getronics. He founded Starlite Systems International developing software and coding for small and large companies and creating intricate networks for Police, Fire, and Emergency Municipal services. He worked at the Wilton Police Department as an officer. He also served his community of Candia serving on the Planning Board for three years, and the Board for the Manchester Family Homeless Shelter for five years.

Bob Bruce was interested in improving the world around him. He was very involved with the New Hampshire Democratic Party and in trying to bring a “Better Way” to all the citizens of New Hampshire. To that end, he ran for State Representative, Executive Council and U.S. Congress. Bob was always working for the betterment of those around him. He enjoyed the peace and solitude of fresh water fishing, working with his tractor to develop his property, and was an accomplished woodworker. Bob spent the last 17 years renovating his 1800’s farmhouse and left many projects as “parting gifts”. He truly was a man of many resources.

He was the “Man Friend” and “The Husband” of Carol Jordan, who was devotedly “Bob’s Wife”. They were joined in marriage on July 5th, 1998 (Bob’s last day of freedom) on the Carousel in Hull, Massachusetts. They enjoyed all of the ups and downs in their life together. They enjoyed traveling all over the world from standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona to strolling down Abbey Road and everything in between.

He was loving parent to Bridget Heard; loving grandfather to her son Christian Hyatt of Merrimack; father to Maria Heard and grandfather to her sons, Melvin, Michael, and Dylan of Akron, Ohio; loving brother to Chandler Bruce of Manchester and Candace Barone of Hull, Massachusetts; uncle to Tamra Masterson. and Brian Knibbs; and grateful cousin to Judy Lilly of Trenton, Maine Visitation was held on Friday May 9 from 4 to 8PM at the McHugh Funeral Home 283 Hanover Street corner of Beech St. in Manchester. A Memorial Service was celebrated on Saturday May 10 at 10:30AM in the funeral home. Everyone was invited to attend a celebration of life at the family’s home in Candia following the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Bob’s name be made to the Liberty House 75 W. Baker St. Manchester, NH 03103 or to the VNA Home Health & Hospice Services 1070 Holt Ave. Suite 1400 Manchester, NH 03109.


  • Visitation Friday, May 9, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Bruce Neuwirth

May 12, 2014

I had the opportunity to work with Bob at EMC. I'll certainly miss our daily instant messaging sessions where he would outline the work for the day. Thanks Bob for your insight, friendship and support. All good memories.

Brian & Christine Chadwick

May 12, 2014

We learned of Bob's passing after the fact returning from FL. We would run into Bob all over town and always enjoyed a lively conversation. He was a great neighbor and will certainly be missed! Please except our condolences.

Dan Roscioli

May 11, 2014

I knew Bobby at Little Alum. We caught many fish from Laurel Ledge and stacked a lot of wood together! Although a long time ago, the memories are vivid. My condolences.

Gary & Lenore Patton

May 10, 2014

Dear Carol, Bob was one of life's more unforgettable people. We were always impressed by Bob's diversity of skills and interests. He was truly a Renaissance man. We knew him principally through politics where he was an active and energetic participant. It's easy to become pessimistic and cynical in politics. Not so with Bob. He was optimistic, supportive and dedicated to the common good. We will miss his friendly and easy-going manner. Gary and Lenore Patton

Terry Riel

May 10, 2014

So very sorry for your loss, wish I could be there for you, my prayers for you and family during this difficult time. Only met Bob once, but he sure was a great guy and truly loved you so much!

Kenny Huang

May 9, 2014


I enjoyed working with you very much and our daily 10 AM meeting won't be the same without your voice. I wish I get to know you and your family more personally. However, the many weekend chats we had are very personal to me: I know how cold and the amount of snow you got at you house last Christmas. It is a personal loss for me. The only comfort I got was able to talk to you on April 15. You mentioned Reed brought you a piece of Kittyhawk RTM cake, felt really proud of the Kittyhawk success, and was going to come back for Kittyhawk+. I know the Kittyhawk family is very personal to you as well. I will miss you and come to say goodbye to you today.


George Sparks

May 9, 2014

Bob used to sit in the cube next to me in Westboro and brought me free eggs. Some of them were huge he said it was because the chickens were free range I used to give him a hard time and say it was because he was down wind from Seabrook. You have to like a guy that brings free eggs and if they are radioactive.

Sherry Tang

May 9, 2014

Bob was such a great friend and colleague. He was always there to help out his co-workers. In many occasions, he would dive into other people's problems and provide the best possible solutions, no matter how tight his own schedule was. He will be greatly missed as a dear and warm-hearted friend!

May 9, 2014

Dear Carol and family,
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bob was such a great guy and such a gift! Remember the good times. God bless you all!
Love, Dennis & Kathy Daggett

Lew Blatt

May 8, 2014

I suppose I could fill this message box with stories of how Bob was my goto lab guy whenever I had disk faults. Instead I'll write how I'll cherish always the smile and home-grown melon he blessed me with a few years ago ! Bob's candor, helpfulness, and genius are missed on our daily 10am work calls. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob's loved ones.