It is with heavy hearts we share that Bruce L. Folsom of Newburyport unexpectedly passed away from a massive cardiac event on April 19. Bruce was born on Jan 20 1962 to Inez and Richard Folsom and spent his young life playing games and participating in neighborhood antics. At Stoneham High School he ran cross-country and played trombone in the high school jazz band.
Bruce’s first job was delivering the Boston Globe with his brother and sister and then on to Donut boy at Dunkin Donuts. He worked at the family business, Folsom’s Chowder House while he went to college. First at UMass Lowell for music, a true love of his. Later he realized he had more of a calling for the medical field. He graduated from Fitchburg State where he earned his R.N. Bruce worked at several nursing homes, rehab hospitals, UMass Medical Center, and most recently Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. In addition he also was employed by Infusion Support Systems where he taught classes and traveled to nursing homes and rehabs to put in IV and PICC lines. Throughout the pandemic he took on all jobs he could, traveling to NH, RI and Western MA to be sure people were getting the care they needed. He spoke of the sweet ones who thanked him for sticking them.
Bruce loved life – REALLY loved it.
*Bruce was a goofball, a tease and a lover of all good things
*He enjoyed cooking and of course eating his creations. He would grill delectable healthy food – fish being his specialty.
*He LOVED his dogs – Murphy (Murphinator), Missy (Shmumma), Brody (BroMaster), Vivien (Vivi), Gus (GooGoo), and Luna (LuLu). He never met a dog ANYWHERE that he would not stop and greet. There were others before this and he even n his young life he used his childhood allowance to buy dog treats for dogs he came across in the neighborhood since he did not have a dog of his own.
*He enjoyed traveling..Spain, France, Arizona, British Columbia, and most recently spent his 60th Birthday in Lisbon.
*He was Mr. Fix It most of the time. ..faucets dishwasher, lighting. He even kept his car running for 450,00 miles with his fix it ability along with help from Rock Auto.
*He enjoyed fire.. fireworks not just on July 4th, campfires, blazing big let’s burn whatever is within grasp. There was respect in the flames – one might say they respected each other
*If you were Bruce’s friend- it was for life. Loyalty and steadfastness oozed from his being.
Bruce met Charlotte 7 years ago and he was living his best life. A lover and a partner, a home in which to hunker down, a family of dogs and kids, all by the ocean. ”Life is Good”
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Comparone and their children Elsa, Francois, and Chloe of Newburyport. His sister, Lynda McGraw, her husband Thom of Beverly, nephew, Mack McGraw of Virginia, niece Maddy McGraw of Salem, his parents Inez Folsom of Cambridge, MA and Richard Folsom of Beverly, MA. He was predeceased by his twin brother Mark S. Folsom.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on April 28, 2022 at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. THERE IS NO LONGER ANY PARKING AVAILABLE BEHIND THE FUNERAL HOME PER ORDER OF THE CITY OF NEWBURYPORT.
All of Bruce’s presence will be missed! We will celebrate his oh so vibrant life in the summer 2022. Tentatively August 14
In lieu of flowers and in honor of Bruce’s work Bruce Folsom Scholarship fund (for future nursing students) C/o The Newburyport Bank 27 High Road Newbury, MA
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