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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.