Bruce Rich, 66, of Newport News, VA passed away in the early hours of August 5, 2022.
Bruce was a native of Hampton Roads, a beloved father and friend, an army veteran, a retired Newport News firefighter, a boat captain and avid sailor, a pilot, and lifelong adventurer…to name a few.
Few people live their lives as fully, filled with as much love and adventure as Bruce. His gift to all who knew him was his ability to help them do the same. He always had room for more: more time with family and friends, more laughs, more borderline inappropriate jokes, and more adventures.
Bruce served 4 years in the Army in Oahu, Hawaii. After the Army he returned to Newport News and served as a firefighter and paramedic for the Newport News Fire Department, retiring after 25 years. Bruce always had a way of creating fun and joy, and the way he lived showed the rest of us how to make the most out of life.
To his friends and family, he was a legend. His zest for life and adventurer’s credo brought people together wherever he went, inspiring them to enjoy every moment. He was one of those people that never met a stranger!
Bruce loved traveling to meet friends and family, sailing to and from the Caribbean, flying his airplane (Dolly), enjoying live music and local cuisine, and sharing a drink, meal or boat ride with friends. He left no beach, bar, or sky unexplored in his pursuit of the world’s beauty.
Bruce is preceded in death by his mother Judith, father Arthur, and brothers Bill and David. He is survived by his daughter Christy, son-in-law Brandon, grandsons Cameron and Carter, and girlfriend Alice.
A visitation and receiving of friends will be held on Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at 3:00 pm at the Peninsula Funeral Home located at 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. It will be followed by a celebration of life at Smoke Restaurant at 10900 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
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