Brian Sutherland Bruce

June 4, 1969June 9, 2018

Brian Sutherland Bruce was born June 4, 1969 in Bellevue Washington, and died peacefully June 9, 2018 in Snohomish Washington of causes attributed to a catastrophic traumatic brain injury suffered in May 1989.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents Tommie Helen and Oliver Leren of Burlington, Washington, grandfather Rockford McClung of West Virginia, grandmother Dolina Sutherland Grant of Scotland, grandfather William Dalgarno Bruce of Scotland; his uncle William Bruce of Scotland, aunt Nean Bruce Knox of Canada, uncle Graeme Knox of Canada, aunt Sheila Grant of Scotland, and uncle Hugh Heil of Renton, Washington.

Surviving loved ones include his mother and father - Judy Marie Bruce and John Watson Bruce of Snohomish, Washington; his two sisters - Sarah Nean Bruce of Redondo Beach, California and Tracy Lynn Bruce of Lake Stevens, Washington. His uncles and aunts - Ronald Grant of Scotland, William McClung of Tennessee, and Juanita Heil of Maryland. His cousins - John Bruce Knox, of Canada, Denise Heil Johnson of Maryland, Fiona Grant of Scotland, James Grant of Scotland, Debbie Taylor of Tennessee, Bill McClung Jr of Michigan, and Helen Marie Richards of Tennessee.

Brian graduated from Liberty Senior High School, Issaquah Washington, in 1988. He was a machinist apprentice, and was enrolled at Renton Vocational Technological Institute before suffering a near-fatal automobile accident in May 1989.

Brian appreciated the great outdoors, and celebrating the Fourth of July. He and his sister Tracy loved, and often shared, chocolate ice cream. He enjoyed playing guitar with his buddies in the family garage. He called everybody “dude,” and he treasured tropical fish - especially his Oscars, “Dude” and “Rowdy”. He relished driving and tinkering with cars. At Delta, he liked to cruise the hallways, attend Camp Careless, and eat his meals. Everyone considered him good-natured, and easy to please.

Special Thanks, and appreciation, to Delta Rehab and the staff for the exceptional care, compassion and love they have given Brian and his family since October 1991.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations - in the name Brian Sutherland Bruce - be made to The Delta Foundation, a Charitable 501(c)(3) Foundation, to help them improve the quality of life for persons with traumatic brain injury. 1711 Terrace Ave, Snohomish WA 98290

A “Celebration of Life” for Brian Sutherland Bruce will be held at The Walsh Pavilion at the Snohomish Chalet, 1711 Terrace Ave, Snohomish WA 98290 on July 7, 2018 at 3:00pm.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 7, 2018

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