John P. Bruce
Mr. Bruce was born and raised in Proctor, VT. He graduated from Proctor High School in June of 1964. Following graduation he served an internship with Fred Herbst & Sons Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY from 1964 until 1965. He graduated Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1966. He went on to serve his internship with the Gordon Brown Funeral Home in Bristol, VT until February of 1967, at which time he eneterd the US National Guard in Virgennes, VT during Vietnam.
He married Karen E. Gardner on November 26, 1966 and the couple moved to Sackets Harbor in September 1967 and worked for the Cleveland Funeral Home until May of 1970. He moved to Glen Falls and worked for James F. Singleton until moving to Black River in 1972 and purchasing the C.P. Clark Funeral Home.
While residing in Black River he was a founding father of the Black River Ambulance Squad, member of the Black River Fire Department for 20 years, former chief and currently an exempt member, former chief of the Black River Ambulance Squad and former secetary for Black River Kiwanis, a basketball coach for 10years at Holy Family School, former Exalted Ruler in the Watertown Elks Lodge #496 in which he held various positions, a member of the Jimmy Creek Club.