Prior to his employment with the U S Postal Service, he was employed as a machinist at Troy Machine and was a Meter Reader for the Borough of Troy. As the Mailman in Troy, Bob enjoyed all those that he delivered mail to and was especially fond of the many families he came in contact with over the years. He always was picking on the boys and girls along his mail route, calling the boys Suzie Popsaqualie and the girls Charlie. Bob had his own vocabulary and when asked how he was, his response was always, Copathetic!
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Gerald G. and Sandra Bruce of Lancaster, seven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, a brother Harry Bruce of Gillett, several nieces, nephews and friends.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, wife Mary E. (Sweet) Bruce, his son, Robert Bruce, Jr., three brothers, George Bruce, Donald Bruce, Harold Bruce and his sister Louise Bruce.
Calling hours were held Monday, March 13, 2017 from 4 to 6 PM at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy. with funeral and committal held at the conclusion of calling hours with Mr. Chris Landis officiating. Military Honors were accorded following the service by the Troy Veteran's Honor Squad.
Interment will be in Bradford County Memorial Park. Memorials in Bob’s memory may be made to the Troy Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 152, Troy, PA 16947. Send online condolences to Vickeryfhinc.com