Happy Birthday Bruce

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The man pictured above in both photograph and cartoon form is Bruce Colvin. He recently passed away in April and this July would have been his 70th birthday. I’m not posting this on his exact birthday because I’m not exactly hurting to share that information.

Bruce was a friend of my family since before I can remember; I can’t remember very long, but still. He stayed at our motel before moving out here and working on a project house of his. From what I understand, previously he was a professor in New York City before his move. He never discussed this with me, but I’m glad that he was. He seemed to me one of the best possible people to have as a teacher.

He never did talk to me directly about much, likely because I was never the only one talking to him, and because I was a kid, and talking wasn’t my forte. We did have several very interesting conversations about my cartoons as those progressed and came into book form. He was fascinating to talk to and just as fascinating to listen to. I wish I was able to recall more of the conversations for which I was present.

He drew an indescribably wonderful picture for my mother’s birthday, spurred my brother’s interest in motorcycles, and always thought of everyone wherever he went. If he saw anything that reminded him of you he would either get it, or, being unable to, inform you in great detail of its existence.

Like I said I didn’t converse with him much, but I will back the sentiment of everyone whom I have talked to about him posthumously; that he was not ‘a very kind person’ or ‘one of the most thoughtful people’ but that he was ‘the most kind and thoughtful person I knew”.

My drawing is not that great but I drew it because I wanted it drawn. Happy late birthday, Bruce.

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Bruce

  1. Thank you for writing this. I was a good friend of Bruce’s when he lived in New York, and also a former student. He was indeed a wonderful teacher, and an aware, sensitive and giving person, as you describe. What a wonderful photo of him as a young man. And I love your cartoon! That’s how I found this post. Your drawing appeared on Google when I looked up Bruce, and I immediately recognized him. I’m really happy to hear a little about his life out west. On the wall behind me I have an etching he did when he was about the age he is in the photo above (early 20s I’m guessing, college era).

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