Age 74, of East Lansing, MI, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at home after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents Neal Forrest and Margaret Ruby (White) Potter.

Bruce was born on December 7, 1940, in Lansing, Michigan, and spent his entire life in the Lansing area. Bruce was a 1959 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School and a graduate of Michigan State University. While attending MSU, Bruce worked as a member of Governor Romney’s staff. That experience was the catalyst for a lifelong interest in politics including serving as an Ingham County commissioner. Bruce served and was a member of the National Guard and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Bruce enjoyed a successful career in Labor Relations at Oldsmobile.

Bruce enjoyed fixing and refurbishing homes as a hobby. He loved bridge and travelled throughout Michigan and the nation to participate in bridge tournaments. Among his many accomplishments, he attained the rank of Silver Life Master.

Bruce is survived by his brother, Douglas Kent of Denver, Colorado; niece, Sarah E. Potter Kose (Mehmet) of Clinton, New Jersey; niece, Rachael Christenson (Lt. Col. George Thomas) of Clinton, New Jersey; nephew, David Potter (Sally) of Piscataway, New Jersey; and grandnieces, Samantha, Hannah, Emma and Kelly. Bruce is also survived by his companion Bue, his rescue dog.

Bruce leaves behind a strong legacy of personal friendships and relationships, and generosity to the many charities he believed in and contributed to, including a significant contribution to the Sparrow Foundation for cancer research.

A memorial visitation will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions, in memory of Bruce, can be made to the Sparrow Foundation Cancer Center, Capital Area Humane Society or the charity of your choice.

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5 Messages to “Bruce D. Potter”

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    Anita BARON Says:

    I am sending my deepest sympathy, Bruce was a kind and gentle person.
    I wanted to pay my respect in person,but the Flu had other Ideas.
    I will never forget the wonderful times shared with Neal, Marge and Doug on Hazel Street in 1960 with Btuce providing the laughter and fun.

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    Penni Pittenger-McNamara Says:

    You will forever remain in my heart, “Uncle” Bruce! You shared in every milestone of my life! I will cherish the memories of you and my dad sitting around the kitchen table talking politics, the card games, so much laughter, your corvettes, my “cool” uncle, and the summer fun by the pool! What a wonderful childhood I had because of the joy you brought into our household! May your family and friends also reflect on their fondest memories to give them strength during this difficult time of loss! Miss you, but I know that your generous soul is finally resting in comfort and peace!

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    Barbie White Johnson Says:

    We love you and miss you, Bruce.

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    John Hayden Says:

    Warm condolences to the family. Bruce was my well-remembered and good-natured colleague in the Republican caucus of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. (I also remember fondly his mother, who was a secretary in the Michigan House of Representatives.)

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    Jim & Marie Horaney Says:

    We have very fond memories of our friendship with Bruce over the years. We will keep him and his family in our prayers.

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