Bruce E. Fortier
Bruce E. Fortier, 76, a longtime resident of
Southern Avenue, Essex, died suddenly in his home Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Born in Ellsworth, ME on
November 15, 1942 one of the three children of the late Frank C. and
Elizabeth (Hanson) Fortier. Bruce was raised in Essex, a 1960 graduate of
Gloucester High School.
He continued his studies at Northeastern
University but was soon sidetracked by a motorcycle accident. He was able
to enter the Navy and served as an aircraft mechanic during the years of
the Vietnam War.
For several years he was employed as a
machinist/fabricator at Bomco formerly of Gloucester, later at Gloucester
Engineering and self-employed for most for these past years. He was
skilled machinist and was very proud of the 1935 Ford reproduction he
built “from scratch". In the early 1970’s he served as an Essex Selectman
and for many he was the “go to guy” for community issues.
Bruce is survived by a brother, Peter F. Fortier of
Beverly; a sister, Susan M. Talbot and her husband Frederick A. of
Baltimore, MD; a niece, Karen Talbot; many friends and acquaintances
including his very good friend David Andrews of Essex.
His funeral service with Military Honors will be held 10 am Monday, August
5, 2019 graveside in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex.
Family and friends are cordially
invited. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich.
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