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Bruce H. Thurber

Bruce H. Thurber, 63, husband of Nancy L. (Keaney) Thurber of Juniper Avenue, Middleton, died Thursday August 4, 2016 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, following his hard fought battle with ALS.

Born in Ipswich December 21, 1952, son of the late Hanford “Buddy” and Helen E. (Parsons) Thurber, he was raised in Ipswich and was a 1970 graduate of Ipswich High School. With an incredible work ethic, Bruce began working at the age of twelve delivering milk for the former Upland Farm Dairy of Ipswich. Becoming close friends with farm owners, the late Orrin and Kenneth Parsons, he soon learned the ways of the dairy farm and learned to drive anything with wheels. He later went to work at the former Marguery Restaurant in Ipswich, where he developed his lifelong love of food. In 1972 he went to work at Bostik in Middleton, from which he retired following over forty years of employment. Never one to sit still and always on the move, he enjoyed many sports and outdoor activities, running cross country in high school, downhill and cross country skiing, weight lifting, mountain and road biking, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and spending time at Crane Beach. He was also an avid Harley Davidson rider, and he and his wife often rode their motorcycle around the beaches of Massachusetts and New
Hampshire during the summer months. Favorite stops included arcades at Hampton and Salisbury to play pinball, and trying ice cream at many local stands. He had a dry sense of humor and loved a good practical joke. He was intensely proud of his daughters and their accomplishments.

In addition to his wife of thirty-six years, he is survived by two daughters, Carrie S. Thurber of Durham, NC and Jennifer E. Thurber of Raleigh NC, a brother, David Thurber of Manchester, NH, two sisters, Jean Coble and her husband Robert of Maryland and Carol Thurber and her husband John Bolduc of Ipswich, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Sotiropoulos, formerly of Ipswich, and by his beloved dachshund, Daphne.

His funeral service will be held 10 am Wednesday, August 10 in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.


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