A Warwick native, a brother, a scout, a soldier, and a veteran are all adjectives that describe Bruce Sutton. Bruce was in many ways more than the sum of all these parts. He was full of surprise and humor. He was sharp and knowledgeable and loved to have a good discussion on politics and history. He brought his humor and astute knowledge to every situation – he was never afraid to speak his mind. These are the attributes I truly loved about Bruce. I learned a great deal through our friendships – most importantly, kindness, and commitment. Bruce’s commitment to our country may have begun with scouts and continued throughout his entire life as a soldier in the United State Army and later his work in the U.S. Army reserves. Bruce was involved in the Reserves for over 18 years and was honored with the Superior Civilian Service Award. He was a humble and unassuming man who loved his country and showed it through his actions.
He also loved Warwick dearly and was an essential part of its fabric throughout his entire life. This was clear by his leadership roles in the Rotary, where he was once president, and the Warwick American Legion Post 214, where he served for 48 years, including five years as commander.
I have many memories of Bruce; the stories, the political banter, his smile, and the slight mischievous twinkle in his eye! He always asked about my son throughout the years and I knew it was more then being polite but as a Warwick son, he was keeping tabs to ensure that the next generation was up for the task.
When one of his fellow veterans called to tell me of his passing, we both recounted the loss of such a unique and special man. We both agreed that Bruce would much prefer the honor of a flag waving at full mast – in essence, his take on life and his love for his country. So, we’ve raised the beautiful large flags proudly at Village Hall to honor our friend and true patriot, Warwick’s good friend and loyal son, Bruce Sutton.
The next Village Board meeting will take place Mon., Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.