Richard Charles "Rick" Bruce

richard bruce

November 7, 1954 ~ June 11, 2024

Born in: Exeter, NH
Resided in: Oakton, Va

Richard Charles “Rick” Bruce, 69, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2024 at his home in Oakton, Virginia.

Rick was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on November 7, 1954. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy (Class of 1972) in New Hampshire, later graduated from the University of Rochester (Class of 1976), and earned his Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s College of California (Class of 1994). Rick served as an officer in the US Navy, aboard ships in the Mediterranean Sea and the western Pacific. He was honorably discharged from the Navy as a Lieutenant. He then built a career in corporate relocation, retiring in 2019 from CapRelo.

He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Susan, of Oakton, VA, and his daughter, Julia, of Arlington, VA. Rick was a devoted husband and father. He was a wonderful host for family get-togethers, and he was a great friend. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, his wit, his kindness, and his generosity.

Rick loved to travel the world with family and friends. He enjoyed hiking with Susan and Julia in some of the country’s most beautiful places. Their favorite hikes were in Yosemite National Park. He instilled in Julia his great enthusiasm for Boston sports, especially the Red Sox, and he met many friends in his walks around the neighborhood with his dog, Fenway.

His daughter, Julia, was his pride and joy. For Susan and Julia, he was their rock.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Bucky” Bruce and Theophelia “Theo” Bruce, and his brother Theodore “Teddy” Bruce. He is survived by his sisters Catherine “Cathy” Bruce of Wilmington, MA, and Sheila (Robert) Far of Redding, CT, his brother Robert “Bob” (Frieda) Bruce of Carlisle, PA, his sister-in-law Nancy McCormick Bruce of Venice, FL, and his many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Donations in his memory may be made to the National Park Foundation.

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  1. The loss of Rick is a difficult one to fathom. He made this world a better place in so many ways. I witnessed his amazing devotion to Susan and Julia which makes their loss crushing. I will certainly miss his humor and his great bartending skills. He was indeed a class act host on so many occasions. May we each find a way to cope with his absence but celebrate a life well lived. Rest in peace dear friend and know you will be remembered for many years to come. My love to Susan and Julia as they learn to live a life without their rock. Patty Ayers

  2. So sorry about this – we’re here for you, Sue, if you need us. Give us a call if you want: 603-325-7822

  3. Rick was a classy, kind, and dear soul. We (Jay) enjoyed many hikes around the Bay Area and Yosemite, celebrated a few NYE’s together ( dancing), and survived the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake together. Rick will be missed and the world lost one of the good ones!! God bless Rick and our love goes out to Susan and Julia.

  4. Rick was an old soul. He was wise, yet fun and caring and a solid rock for Sue and Julia. He was a friend to count on and one that was just always there, even when you didn’t see each other for long stretches of time. He was always welcoming and a generous host. He will be missed and yet his wonderful memory is in our hearts forever. Chris and Terry Rubin

  5. Rick was a super guy. I was sad to hear of his passing. He will be missed. I admired Rick’s calm demeanor and great sense of humor. He was one of my favorite managers at Cendant Mobility.

    So sorry for your loss Sue and Julia.

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