Bruce Danielson

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Bruce Lawrence Danielson of Decatur, GA departed this life on April 7, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, after an approximately year-long diagnosis and treatment for Multiple Myeloma, a blood plasma cancer.

Born May 16, 1959 in Chicago Heights, IL, Bruce moved to Atlanta in 1972, graduating from Crestwood High School, then attending NC State University and graduating with honors with a degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Florida in 1981. Bruce worked for the John H. Harland Company, MCI, UPS and lastly as Vice President of Executive Communications for Bank of America.

Bruce enthusiastically took on the challenges he faced with the disease as he had his many outside interests. Outside of family, music was his principal passion. Not ashamed to be referred to as a Deadhead, Bruce also had a strong passion for Old Time Appalachian String Band music. At the ripe age of 42 Bruce had the courage to learn to play the Mountain fiddle. Highly influenced by the great master fiddlers of Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia, Bruce was a fixture at fiddlers conventions and camps throughout the Southern mountains, including his beloved Grayson County, Virginia. Many a late night mountain jam around a campfire would end with Bruce proclaiming "just one more tune y'all" only to proceed with another hour's worth of his favorite songs like "Hangman's Reel," "Falls of Richmond," "John Brown's Dream" and "Cold Frosty Morning." Bruce would often say of his fiddling -- "What I lack in skill I make up for in enthusiasm." Indeed "enthusiasm" was a guiding beacon of his life and a trait he passed on to countless friends and acquaintances.

Bruce also loved the outdoors, and did innumerable backpacking trips with a rag-tag group known as the Crestwood Hikers, including many week-long hikes in some of America's great National Parks. Bruce also enjoyed whitewater canoeing, and flipped much less frequently than his fellow paddlers. Whatever he took on in life, Bruce excelled.

Though not a native southerner, Bruce loved the south, especially its food and music. The man was a skilled eater too, and particularly enjoyed Bar-B-Q (only pork would do!) and Atlanta's Varsity restaurant. Bruce also enjoyed gardening, his dogs, collecting folk art, rooting for the Florida Gators, and most recently, his model trains.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Claire Kerby Danielson, whose dedication to Bruce in good times and bad, has been an inspiration to all who have witnessed it. Bruce also is survived by his much-loved children, Anya Elise Danielson and Nels Larrick Danielson, his mother, Betty Danielson, sister Eileen Danielson Christensen, brother Rick Danielson, niece Leslie and nephew Erik. Also, his first wife, Lauren Glendening Danielson, mother of Anya and Nels, has been of great assistance and encouragement to Bruce and Claire during these difficult times. Bruce's courage and good humor will be forever remembered by the many others whose lives he touched. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Richard Danielson.

Memorial services celebrating Bruce's life will be conducted Thursday, the 11th of April at two o'clock at Patterson's Arlington Chapel with Dr. Stephen Huntley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The National Parks Foundation or The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family Thursday afternoon from one until two o'clock at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, 404-851-9900.


  • A Visitation With The Family Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • Memorial Services Celebrating The Life Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Doug Jones

March 27, 2014

I knew Bruce from high school and then reconnected years later to ride and race dirt bikes. Always enjoyed his company and the adventure of going to new riding places. We drifted apart and as years went by thought of him often. I know he is greatly missed and has left a positive mark on all who knew him.

Kathie Carr

May 14, 2013

Bruce and I met 30 years ago when we both worked for Harland. Coincidentally, he was also my neighbor in Sandy Springs and we literally lived across the street from each other! I was fresh out of college and did not own a car. Bruce was kind enough to give me a ride to work with him (30 miles to Conyers). I had not seen him in many years and was sad to hear of his passing. His obituary was lovely. It sounds as if he had life figured out.... He appreciated all of the things that are truly important. My sincere condolences to his family.

April 24, 2013

Claire, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family! May the spirit in Bruce's life live in your hearts forever!

Our grandson, Jack, is crazy about trains - he would have loved to learn from Bruce and his train aficionado friends!

Jennifer & Steve Fox

Randy Smith

April 17, 2013

I'm very heartbroken to learn of Bruce passing. What a great friend and work colleague. Bruce gave me his "tub-thumper" washtub bass instrument years ago when I joined him and the ATU (Acoustic Trauma Unit) old time music band for the Galax music festival. I enjoyed several years of playing music with Bruce, Claire & the boys and fun times that I will always remember. My sincerest condolences to you Claire and to all of Bruce's family. I will miss him dearly.

Bruce, I know you're plucking that fiddle overlooking a beautiful vista right now. Rest in peace brother.
Love, Randy

Richard and Shirley Sackmann

April 17, 2013

Bruce and my brother David went camping with Rick and me on the Olympic Pennisula.Bruce was totally into enjoying the beach and nature. My fondest remembrance. Peace
Love Richard

Margot Morris Dawkins

April 16, 2013

I had the chance to work with Bruce many years ago at Harland, and enjoyed the times that we all "grew up" together! He was bright and funny, and brought a unique outlook to all that he did. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of loss,

Kevin Mitchell

April 13, 2013

Just heartbroken to learn of Bruce's death. What an inspiration his attitude was for those also fighting cancer. God bless and keep you, Bruce.

April 11, 2013

I knew Bruce many years ago at Harland. Recently, he and I reconnected online for a few conversations. He had learned to fiddle and I found that a great thing as I am a lifelong musician. I have fond memories of Bruce and extend thoughts and prayers to his family.

Carolyn Johnson

April 11, 2013

Claire, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anita Wofford

April 11, 2013

Claire - Know that you have been very much in the hearts and thoughts of those of us in Charlotte this week who care so much for you. Warm condolences to you and your family from Charles and I.