Obituary: Bruce Kenneth London – Portland Press Herald

Bruce Kenneth London

Bruce Kenneth London 1934-2021 WEST BATH – Bruce Kenneth London was a spirited, kind-hearted man who was loved by his family and community for his love of great stories and service to others. He died on August 6, 2021 with his 65-year-old wife Carol and family by his side. He was 87 years old. Bruce was born on June 2, 1934 in Bath to Kenneth W. and Ruth (Fullerton) London. His father was in the military, which resulted in the family moving several times during his childhood and living in different parts of Maine from Bath to Lubec. Bruce graduated from Rockland High School as a class representative in 1953, after which he joined the United States Marines and proudly served his country. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Bath and took a job at the Hyde School as a polio nurse. He then took a job at the South Portland shipyard, which led to an apprenticeship as an electrician at Bath Iron Works in 1954. Shortly thereafter, Bruce met Carol Quimby on a blind date organized by his mother and Carol’s brother. The two married in March 1956 and settled on a quaint farm in West Bath. Children soon followed, and four spirited sons joined the couple’s growing family. 65 years later, Bruce still affectionately referred to Carol as “my bride”. Bruce’s hardworking and friendly manner was recognized as he worked his way up the ladder at BIW, where he retired 41 years later as Director of Engineering. While at BIW, Bruce and his family have had the opportunity to live and work in many different locations, including stints in Arlington, Virginia and Saint John, NB, and trips to Europe, Japan and Egypt. Bruce indulged his wanderlust even after his retirement. He and Carol bought an RV and toured the United States and Canada, covering more than 150,000 miles, making memories and friendships in the process. “Mystery trips,” taking their grandchildren on spontaneous surprise adventures through Maine, were a long-awaited family tradition. Bruce was a hardworking, honest man who took great pride in raising his sons and also played an active role in raising their families. He followed the studies, the activities and the successful career of his grandchildren with great joy. Family time has always been cherished in his “London Clan”, complete with fishing trips “Upta Camp” with his sons and an annual family retreat at Rangeley Lake on July 4th. He and Carol hosted warm, indulgent family celebrations that wouldn’t look out of place on a Norman Rockwell painting. Bruce was a member of the West Bath School Board, a Selectman for the City of West Bath and the City Cemetery Committee, along with his sons he participated in the Boy Scouts. Bruce was pre-deceased from his parents; and the younger brothers W. Barry London in 1960 and W. Thomas London in 2015. He is survived by his sister Sandra London Otte of Littleton, Colorado. Bruce goes missing and celebrated by his wife Carol and their four sons and daughters -law, Kevin and Mary London from Topsham, Eric and Ann London from Bath, Barry and Danielle London from Carrabassett Valley, and Jim and Heather London from East Lyme, Connecticut; his eight grandchildren, their spouses, and three great-grandchildren, Ian and Erin London of Steamboat, Colorado; Brian and Ashley London and their daughter Phoebe from York; Ellen (London) and Ben Crane and their daughters Aurora and Harriet from Boston; Scott London, fiancee DeAnna Lamoureux from Winchester, Colorado, Rebecca London and fiancee Zach Lingley from South Portland, William London from South Portland, Katy London from East Lyme, Connecticut, and Laura London from East Lyme, Connecticut; along with many friends across the country. Visiting hours are on Thursday, August 12th, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the David E. Desmond and Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. At 1 p.m. there is a funeral service in the funeral home. The funeral will be private. There will also be a reception at the Bath Country Club from 3pm to 5pm. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit http://www.desmondfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army from Bath 258 Congress Ave. Bath, ME 04530 or CHANS Hospice and Home Nursing 60 Baribeau Dr. Brunswick, ME 04011. be done

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