Bruce L Hern

November 5, 1952October 18, 2020

Bruce L Hern, of Nokomis, FL passed away on October 18, 2020. He was born November 5, 1952 in Detroit, MI to Olga and Mickey Hern. He and his family resided in Ann Arbor, MI for many years.

Bruce was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and practiced dentistry for 37 years with his brother, Robert, in Ypsilanti, MI.

Bruce enjoyed playing blues guitar and had a love of music for all of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife Sue, daughter Olivia, and son Sam, his siblings Beverly (Mike) Goldstein and Bob (Laurel) Hern, and numerous relatives and friends who mourn his passing.

Graveside Service will be live streamed on October 22, 2020 at 9AM from North Venice Florida. Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with final care.



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Sharvil Shah

November 3, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a great mentor to me growing up and I have so many fond memories of my time spent with Sam, Sue, Olivia and Bruce. He was always so kind and friendly, I will miss him! Thinking of you all in this tough time!

Pam Anderson

October 28, 2020

It is difficult to find the words to express the sadness that comes with learning of Bruce's passing. He captured the meaning of living a full life - bursting with fun, laughter (sometimes even at himself) and a great sense of family commitment and community. I can remember clearly the neighborhood parties, ski trips up north, soccer games and of course toilet papering his house on Green Rd - for a milestone birthday (yes, I'll finally admit it was us!). But, most of all I'll remember the gleam in his eye when he was tempted with something "fun!" - which was almost always met with a "yes". And - the unforgettable gleam in his eye when speaking about Sue, Sam & Olivia with the utmost pride and love. His heart was big, his impact even bigger and now, the loss for all that knew him, immense. Sending love and light - XOXOXOXOXOXOPAM

Jane Miller

October 28, 2020

Dear Sue and family-
We are sending our deepest sympathies on your loss. As I read through the memories people have posted I can just see Bruce working with Larry Gray to set-up 4th of July fireworks in Watershed Circle. We were so fortunate to have known Bruce and seen his love of life and family in action. May these memories bring you comfort.
Jane Miller & Brian Williams

Angela Fortune-Smith

October 27, 2020

I have way too many memories to recall. I’ll be 26 on 11/4 and I’ve been going to Dr. Bruce and Dr. Bob since I started getting teeth. I still remember seeing the paper charts and seeing visit notes from 1999. Their office was like another family for me and my sisters. My sincerest condolences to the Hern family. Dr. Bruce will be missed dearly by so many in the Ypsilanti community. Thank you for all of the years of dental service.

Joyce rust

October 22, 2020

My condolences to the family. I was afraid of the dentist, but Dr Bruce & Robert worked with me , well miss him. My prayers to the family. Joyce rust

Julie Ellis

October 22, 2020

Dear Sue and all of the Herns,
We share your sorrow at the devastating loss of Bruce. He was such a sweet and kind person. I have fond memories of when we were kids in the Detroit area and our families shared a very special friendship. How lucky we were to have you here in Ann Arbor for so many years as well.
Please know we are sending love and our deepest sympathy,
Julie & Charlie Ellis

Ron Scheinbach

October 22, 2020

Bruce was one of my “army buddies” from dental school, one of the few who stood the test of time.
We lived in the same house in Ann Arbor while in dental school. I’d venture to his apartment upstairs after an evening of study to “unwind” and hangout. He was fun, honest, fair… and real…he never had an agenda . We never argued. It was perfect when Bruce got together with Sue, it made him more complete. After graduation we all ended up in the same apartment complex in Royal Oak, MI. We tested out our skills as novice dentists while contemplating taking on the world beyond. We both had a passion for heading out west. Bruce had this thing for Arizona and I for California.
We rented a 24 ft. truck, loaded our worldly possessions and took off. We landed in Tucson where Bruce and Sue were to start a new life…I continued on to California which became my permanent residence. We always kept in touch.
After a couple years Bruce and Sue moved back to Michigan when Bruce joined Bob in their family dental practice. The wilder side of Bruce had been reined in by a sensible approach to life. The family bonds acted as a tractor beam and the Arizona dream faded. Life in the Hern household appeared beautiful and I sensed no regrets as the Herns moved back to the “oasis” in Michigan known as Ann Arbor. I was fortunate to share time with Bruce and Sue over the years during visits, phone calls, emails and texts.
Bruce and Sue moved to Florida! Dentistry done, relive the dream and spirit that was smoldering. I was elated to know of Bruce’s joy. He would say that he would pinch himself to verify that it was real. He had been so excited! I missed visiting this spring due to the pandemic…but will always smile as I think of my good friend Bruce. ..I was fortunate to have him in my life and cherish the memories.
To Sue, Sam, Olivia, Bob, Laurel, family and all that knew him …I am so sorry for your loss.

Jenny and Jim Carpenter

October 22, 2020

Dear Sue, Olivia, and Sam,

Our thoughts and hearts go out to you at this time. We are so sad to learn of Bruce’s passing. He was always a ray of sunshine for us—optimistic, engaging, and kind. Spending time with him (and you all) whether in the neighborhood, at a Tigers game, and most recently visiting in Nokomis (picture attached from March 2019), was always great fun. We will long remember and savor those memories. He loved all of you so much. There is much about living that we can learn from his life. He was curious, friendly, multitalented and always interested in what others had to offer. He loved joining us on the deck, coming over for parties and get togethers and we loved the times we got to spend with him. We’re so disappointed that COVID prevented us from visiting again this year and will treasure the excitement he shared with us when welcoming us to your new digs in Florida. We hope your happy memories will help you through the grief of this difficult time. We send our love and hugs.

Jim & Jenny Carpenter

Joelle Bradshaw

October 21, 2020

It is a very sad time to know that Bruce is no longer here with us. I worked for he and Bob for thousands of days over 34 years. Bruce was a great boss, we had lots of great times together at the office and I am happy to say it turned into a great friendship.
Bruce was a genuine man, caring, kind, and considerate. He cared about me and my family and that meant the world to me. Doug and I spent an evening with he and Sue this past Febuary and he was happy, healthy and tan!!
Sue,Sam, and Olivia my heart is with you at this difficult time, I hope your memories ease some of the pain.
So grateful Bruce was a part of my life, I love him and will always remember him.

Shira Klein

October 21, 2020

Sue, Olivia and Sam,

I was shocked and devastated to hear of the death of Bruce. I am so saddened by this news. Bruce was always so kind and always stopped to say hello to the “bridge” ladies.

Our deepest condolences Sue. May your children and family be a source of comfort and support as you navigate these difficult days and weeks ahead.

Shira and Steve


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