Gloucester, MA — C. Bruce McKay, husband of Margaret (Libro) McKay, of Gloucester, passed away on August 15, 2012.
He was born in Gloucester on March 18, 1943 to the late Carleton B. and M. Muriel (Hilshey) McKay.
He graduated from Gloucester High School with the Class of 1962. He attended Bentley College where he earned his degree. Bruce had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1967. While in the Army, he received several awards including the Vietnam Service award and was the recipient of the “Soldier of the Month” award.
After his discharge from the Army, he returned to his prior employment at Gorton’s before leaving there for Gloucester Engineering. There, he remained for 37 years, retiring in 2004 from being their Chief Accountant.
Bruce had a big heart and was loved by many, making many friends at GEC and cementing friendships that have lasted for years.
He loved sports and while at GEC he played on their tennis teams, bowling and golf teams. A supporter of Gloucester High School athletics, he could be found at many of their activities, especially hockey and football games. He attended his grandkids ROTC drills, track events, soccer and hockey games. His granddaughter Tatum’s dainty-lace dresses traded for the hockey skates of a defenseman probably amused him most.
Bruce loved the “simple” life. He liked his poker games with his friends, trips to the casino’s, trips to New Hampshire, his children and grandchildren were the loves of his life.
Bruce leaves behind his wife Margaret of forty-seven years; his children, Margaret “Marie” Henry, Carleton B. McKay Jr. and husband Carl Stratton, Amanda Jobe and her husband Robert “Jobie” Jobe. He was “Grampie” to his grandchildren, Brenden and Alex Henry of Gloucester, Rachelle Jobe of Derry, NH, Tatum, Bodin and Cooper Jobe of Manchester-by-the-Sea. Bruce leaves behind his adored sister Deborah Haines and husband Kevin; his brothers, Robert McKay and wife Dr. Ellen McKay of Shutesbury, MA. and Barry McKay and wife Diane. Bruce is survived by his aunts Helene Dennis, Elizabeth Hilshey and Virginia Hilshey; brother-in-law Dominic Libro of Jacksonville Beach, FL. and many nieces, nephews and godchildren.
He will be missed by special friends Jack and Mary Jane Olson of Rockport, John and Sandy Sperry, Billy and Carole Horne; his “grandpets” Maizie and Tanner and his faithful and loving companion Jamie.
Bruce was a member of the Gloucester Lodge of Elks #892 and the Gloucester AMVETS Post 32.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Monday, August 20th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
Please omit flowers. Donations may be made in his name to his favorite charities; Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 88101, New England Shelter for Homeless Vets, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108, or a charity of one’s choice.
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