Bauer Funeral Chapel

701 First Street, Snohomish, WA


Bruce Benjamin Parris

October 1, 1951August 20, 2019

Peacefully, in his sleep, after remission from cancer, then multiple strokes in 2018, followed by a surprise reemergence of cancer. Always a "people person," Bruce was well liked by his neighbors at Queen Anne Healthcare who appreciated his wit, Bible expertise, knowledge of and enjoyment of fine cuisine, literature, and film and his story telling, especially tales of his beloved cats. Bruce spent his professional life as a cook, primarily in catering at the Seattle Center's venues and lastly catering at Safeco Field.

Survived by his brothers Doug Parris (Linda) Washington and Richard Parris (Denise) of Oregon. Nephews Justin Parris (Abigail) of Washington & Nathan Parris (Betty) of Missouri. Nieces Heather (Mark) Wright & Brittany (Dwayne) Boyd, of Washington. Great nieces Katie Wright, Haylie Boyd, Mae Parris, Evy Parris Great nephews Alex Wright, Kasey Clevinger, Simon Parris, Alexander Boyd, Joseph Parris Greatly missed by the best friend of his life, Debbie McDowell (Burien), The Reverend Father Robert Sirico (Michigan), and Bruce's book buddy, the two-stepping cat queen, Lillian LeJeune (Enumclaw), and many, many other friends, including Jim Bachman (WA), Buzz Lawson (Texas), Sam Collins (LA).


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Chey Simonton

September 11, 2019

My favorite memory of Bruce dates from 1967 when he was still a teen. He was our server at a restaurant on Echo Lake. I believe it was his first job. He did his job with such panache, it was clear he had a very bright future in the hospitality and food service industry.
Several years later I met him again and he regaled the room with his experience as "waiter to the stars" at a fancy eatery in Beverly HIlls.

I'll always remember Bruce as the gregarious, generous and kind-hearted man who schlepped a huge standing rib roast in a dufflebag on the bus --- his unique contribution to the feast.