An uncommonly kind man is gone and is, no doubt, mourning from beyond the fact that the UCONN Husky ladies did not capture this year’s NCAA basketball crown. Bruce Arlen Stauffer, 85, husband of Georgia (Mull) Stauffer, died at his Colchester home Saturday April 10, 2021 of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Stauffer was born in Lancaster, PA to Harold and Thelma (Hunchberger). He was a 1953 graduate of Shillington High School, where he was on the baseball team and played trumpet in the band. He attended Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and a masters from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked for Pratt & Whitney for more than 40 years, helping with the 747 and F-111 engines, as well as an industrial turbine built in collaboration with Stal Laval of Sweden, a project that took his entire family there for a year in the 70s. Stauffer consulted for Belcan following his retirement from Pratt and traveled extensively for his work.
Stauffer married his wife Georgia (Mull) in 1957. They were long-time residents of Manchester, where they raised their three children. They later moved to Scotland, CT and ran a bed and breakfast for 24 years. The couple have been residents of Northwoods in Colchester since 2013.
Stauffer was known for being somewhat grumpy and abrupt in speech, but he also had a great sense of humor and was goofy, gentle, kind, and generous. He never missed his daughters’ swim meets, adored his grandchildren, and doted on his many cats. When a shin injury ended his baseball “career,” he took up golf, joined the Minnechaug Golf Course, and continued to play into his early 80s. He remained a baseball lover his entire life, rooting for the Red Sox, never the Yankees. He and Georgia were avid fans of the UCONN women’s basketball team and attended the Final Four play-offs five times.
He is survived by his wife, son Keith Stauffer and wife Lori, daughter LeeAnn Dance and husband Glenn, daughter Saundra Jezowski and husband John; his six grandchildren Lindsay Ferrer and husband Tony, Melissa Stauffer and husband Kevin Whittaker, Taylor Dance and wife Britta, Michelle Byrne and husband Michael, Casey Malone, and William Dance; and his two great grandchildren Austin and Abigail Byrne.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Scotland Highland Festival Scholarship Fund at Scotland Festival & Games, P.O. Box 212, Scotland, CT 06424 or the Boar’s Head Festival at 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105.. Calling hours will be held at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester on Monday, April 19th from 4-7 p.m. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.
The Lady Huskies should know they will always have a heavenly fan rooting for them.
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