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Bruce Hunter Aldrich

Born: 12/18/1951, Tacoma, Washington
Death: 8/28/2014, Castle Valley, Utah
Service: 10/19/2014, 2:00 pm, 388 Castle Creek Lane Castle Valley

Bruce Hunter Aldrich passed away suddenly on Thursday August 28, 2014 from a heart attack. His generous nature, love of life, mischievous twinkling eyes and smile that showed his sense of humor and play, his keen insights, his brilliant eye for design, and building mastery will be greatly missed.

He was born December 18, 1951 in Tacoma, Washington to Harry & Jane Aldrich, the first of three sons. The family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, where as a child he played in the abundant meadows and woods, building forts with his friends.

When the family moved to the L.A. area, they would go to Zuma Beach on the weekends, and there he discovered his love of the ocean and his lifelong passion for surfing. He was blessed to be able to surf in Baja during the last 12 years of this life.

He also loved music and studied and played guitar wherever he lived.

His love of building forts led him into the building trade; and his considerable artistic abilities led him to a private art school in Hollywood, where he not only learned to paint, but met the love of his life, Cynthia, who was teaching there. They were married a year and a half later in 1981.

Bruce did his first major house remodel on the home they bought in Kirkland, Washington, turning a decrepit old farmhouse into a beautiful home.

Bruce and Cynthia moved to Moab in 1992, settling in Castle Valley. It was here that he was able to full express his artistry in the beautiful homes that he designed and built.

He is already greatly missed. A celebration of Bruce's life will be held Sunday October 19, 2014 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm with a time of sharing at 3:00 pm at 388 Castle Creek Lane in Castle Valley there will be arrows pointing the way but if you need directions call 259-4838.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite non profit.

Tributes

9/6/2014 - Dear Cynthia, Please accept my condolences over the loss of Bruce. Although my family and your family only occasionally met in Castle Valley at social gatherings, I enjoyed the encounters with you and Bruce. He was friendly and had a generous smile, and whatever we talked about always got us laughing. I wish you peace and strength at this time. Greg Child - Greg Child

9/4/2014 - I am so sad to hear Bruce has left his body. He and I were roommates in Hollywood and went to Art School together. He built me a magnificent oak 'art bin' that has held up all these years. He had a way of conveying intimacy with the unknown that is inimitable . I loved his guitar playing and hold his spirit as a surfer, an artist and a loyal husband to Cynthia deep in my heart. He had such a tender way with very keen insight and always felt like a true brother to me. He could inspire and help shift awareness through his intelligence and his unique point of view. May ALL who know and love him find deep peace at this profound transition and may his spirit be liberated and luminous! ELaHo! - Jenna (Whitten) McAsey

9/4/2014 - Dear Cynthia, We want to share our heartfelt condolences at the sudden passing of Bruce. May his soul rest in peace. Unfortunately for us we only knew him through you and what a kind and talented person he was. We hope we can soon meet and share memories and stories of your life together. In deepest sympathy. Love, Marilynn & Gerry - Gerry & Marilynn Schuster

9/3/2014 - Dear Cynthia and family. I am so shocked and so very saddened of this news. I can barely imagine how difficult, how heart breaking this must be for you. The two of you are such a unit, such a tight and tender couple. I have no doubt that Bruce will live on in you, in your heart, in your soul, in your bones. Bruce was always so engaging...and of course I always loved to hear talk of the sea, the waves, the sun. May you ride these big waves knowing the big swells will subside, and that your memories will warm you like the eternal sunshine. Love & blessings....and of course if there is anything Charlie or I can ever do to help, don't hesitate to call. Hugs, Jil - Jil Kulander

9/2/2014 - Bruce was one of the kindest men I have every had the good fortune of knowing. Generous with both his time – and with very good wine. I had the privilege of going on a surfing trip to Indonesia with Bruce and Cynthia and friends some years ago, which Bruce called: “The best holiday of his life”. Well ... me too. When I close my eyes I can see Bruce on a monster right hander at Shipwrecks Lombongan Island, smiling, full of life. And that is how I will remember him most. Rob Goodfellow (Australia.) - Rob Goodfellow

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