Bruce Laird, age 97, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 14, 2023. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Ruth and his brother, Robert Laird. Bruce served in the Army during WWII as a medic message carrier to a chaplain’s assistant.
Bruce was an English teacher at P.S. duPont High for 26 years, then continued at Claymont High School for several years. After retiring from teaching, he worked for the Delaware Artist in Residence program directing plays for children. He was very involved in community theater, writing and directing plays and musicals for many community venues to enjoy. Bruce had many musical talents and a deep appreciation for the classical and operatic genres.
In 1980, Bruce was honored as representing the best traits of Delaware’s 6,000 teachers and was named State Teacher of the Year. He continued his generosity by volunteering to play the grand piano in the lobby of the Helen Graham Cancer Center, twice a week, to help soothe patients coming in for cancer treatments.
His quick wit, engaging smile and boisterous laugh will be missed by all who knew him.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Rockland Place, Hospice, Bayada Nurses and Comfort Keepers for all their compassion and care for Bruce.
Services and burial will be private.