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Bruce Evan Salisbury died Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Columbus, GA, a few months after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 70 years old and will be missed dearly. Bruce was born December 31, 1950 (New Year’s Eve) in Queens, NY to Budd and Shirley Salisbury, who preceded him in death. Bruce is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Carol Salisbury, and their children, Jed Salisbury and Eden Wood; by his son and daughter-in-law, James Budd and Robyn Salisbury, and their children, Tate and Riley, to whom he was known as “Grandpa Bruce”; as well as too many beloved friends and family to count.
Bruce graduated from American International College in 1972 in Springfield, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He worked for almost 4 decades in the food and eyewear sales industry but also held a variety of interesting jobs from ATM technician in Atlanta, GA to security guard at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC to background actor in NYC. He made friends wherever he went. Bruce was a loyal viewer of Jeopardy!, rarely missing an episode and naming the majority of the responses correctly. Bruce collected frog memorabilia, amassing a collection of over two thousand pieces. His favorite place to be was the ocean soaking up the sun and listening to the surf.
Bruce will be cremated and his ashes spread at the beach and other places important to him and his family. A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held online in the coming weeks. Friends and family are encouraged to gather together safely and celebrate Bruce’s life when possible. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Cancer Research Institute in his honor.
The family would like to thank the nurses, therapists, technicians, doctors, and staff of Columbus Hospice, Magnolia Manor of Columbus, Piedmont Midtown Medical Center of Columbus, Piedmont Northside Rehabilitation Hospital, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Amedisys Home Health of Thomaston, Wellstar West Georgia Home Care, YourTown Health of Warm Springs, and others for their excellent care during Bruce’s last 3 months of life.
The family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, Georgia 31909, 706-577-0055. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory of Mr. Salisbury below.
Sheila Strong says
Bruce and I were great friends for over 50 years. He took me to rock concerts, taught me to smoke marijuana, ate my brownies, lay in my orange and white hammock over a cow skin rug in my first (attic) apartment. He visited Richard and me in NY with almost every girlfriend and wife. He loved the beach house. I’ll miss him dearly.
Sheila Strong says
I’m so sorry for your loss. Bruce loved you more than the sky and moon. More than anything. He was so proud of you, james.
Gary Rollins says
My heart goes out to you and your family James. Bruce was one of a kind! While he had his share of struggles, he really did live life the way he wanted, He wasn’t about impressing people nor about hurting people. Live and let live. I’ll miss him!
Cindy Bauwr says
James and Robyn. I am so grateful
You had the opportunity to spend time with Bruce during his end of life. It was very sacrificial on your family’s part to be his support at such a difficult time in Bruce’s life. I thank God for Robyn who is deeply kind and very strong as a wife and mother. I was blessed to meet Bruce and experience his “big” personality. A delightful
And very interesting man who produced an amazing son!
Lori Soracco says
James, I saw a message you left for me on FB messenger. When I went to respond the message was no longer available. Yes, I was once married to your father. I am sorry for your loss. It is difficult to lose a parent, thanks for trying to get in touch.