Bruce Sutton

7/23/2018

Bruce Sutton, a lifetime resident of Warwick, NY passed away on July 23, 2018 with his family, friends and beloved caregiver, Deedee, by his side. He was 74 years old.

Born July 15, 1944 at St. Anthony Hospital, Warwick, NY to Ned Sutton and Exia M. Jackson.

Bruce attended and graduated from Warwick Valley High School in 1962, after serving as the class president junior and senior years. He earned an Associate’s degree while serving on the student senate from OCCC and continued his education at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated in 1966 with a B.A. degree in Political Science, Speech & History.

Bruce was active in the community from a young age, from the Boy Scouts and earning the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 45; as a member of the Elks and Kiwanis; having served as the president of the Rotary (1972-79); and for 48 years with the Warwick American Legion Post 214, where he held every position, including the position of Commander, which he held for 5 years.

In 1966, Bruce enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in Ft. Gordon, GA and was sent to Okinawa for 41 months. While at Tovii Station, Okinawa, Bruce was a communication specialist 72B20 Crypt6 E5-71L20- Administrative.  In 1977, he joined the US Army Reserves in Bullville as Carpenter Specialist where he was promoted to Construction Supervisor SSG in 1986, while working his civilian job as a Unit Administrator, GS-07.  Bruce retired in 1996 after more than 18 years of service. He always proudly said that “he took care of the troops.” Bruce did this so well, he was honored with the Superior Civilian Service Award in 2004 for outstanding Federal Service in the 854th Engineer Battalion from 1986-2004.

After receiving an honorable discharge, Bruce worked for Purex as a salesman. After three years was promoted to the NY Manager. He changed career paths shortly after and became a real estate broker with D.L. Hawkins for six years and then was with Sutton & Lang for an additional five years.

Bruce is survived by his sister, Betty Demarest of Wurtsboro; brother, Rev. Jerry Sutton of Nashport, OH; nieces: Lisa Fitzgerald of Slate Hill, NY Dr. Erica Brennan of West Nyack, NY and Kerry Sutton of Cleveland, OH; and nephews: Wayne Demarest of Montgomery, NY and Chris Sutton of OH.

Visitation will be held on Monday July 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Warwick Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Bruce requested that you make donations in his memory to the Warwick American Legion Post 214, P.O. Box 41, Warwick, NY 10990.

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Although saddened by his passing, iron others were very grateful that we had the opportunity to share a few moments with him in his last days. I’ve known BRUCE for 40 years in the military and out of the military and in that time I have found them to be a perfect gentleman a great worker who possessed a great sense of humor, and a person always caring for others above himself. I share my condolences with the family, and asked that God grant Bruce Eternal Rest in Heaven.
Hon. William J. Schimpf
8/8/2018
The service and funeral was just as Bruce would have wanted it. So nice to see how many lives he touched. He will be long remembered. Sending my love and condolences, Karen Rolff
Karen Lynne Rolff
8/3/2018
I am greatly saddened, even though I haven't seen any of the Sutton family for 50 odd years. We lived across the street on Oakland Court in Warwick. Bruce took me under wing for a while and championed my efforts to gain appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He introduced me Congressman John Dow and supported my cause with Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Unfortunately, although I qualified as 1st alternate, the senator and the congressman had a full quota of sponsored midshipmen for two years. When I enlisted, Bruce made sure to come over the day before I was to report, clasp my hand, wish me well, and offer his friendship for whenever it might be needed. That was a long time ago, but not diminished among my memories. Bruce was older than I. I didn't solicit his help - never occurred to me. Bruce saw something and someone he considered worthwhile and he took personal action to help. That's what I remember.
Paul K. Haberzettl
7/30/2018
I was posted to D?854 in 1980 as a Platoon Leader. Bruce was there and working as needed in the orderly room. Later as I progressed to Construction Officer and Commander, Bruce would prove himself invaluable in both cantonment and field environs. Always ready and able assist in planning and provide needed information, or reliable, "nose to the grindstone" work! He was highly respected and well thought of.
Gerald Brickwood LTC USA (RET)
7/30/2018
Bruce, Rest In Peace great Warrior. .. We will miss you my Friend. Till we meet again Buddie in the great beyond at Heavens Gate.. May Hod Bless you...
Warren Cheng
7/30/2018
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