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.