Christopher Lee Bruns

RUMFORD – Christopher Lee Bruns, 62, of Pine Street in Rumford, passed away at his home on Friday, July 17, 2020, surrounded by loved ones following a three-year battle with cancer.

A son of Ralph and Ernestine Bruns (Bennett) of Gorham New Hampshire, he was born at the St. Louis Hospital in Berlin New Hampshire on January 29, 1958. He was educated in Gorham Schools and graduated from Gorham High School in 1976.

After High School, Chris joined the U.S. Army where he served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and crane operator. He was stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington State. After fulfilling his contract, Chris was honorably discharged and spent the rest his life dedicated to the construction industry as a top-tier crane operator all over the United States. Many of his former co-workers still describe him as one of the best crane operators they have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Chris was a devoted father to his only son, Joseph who was with him until the very end. He lived for his two grandchildren, Adrian, 7, and Easton, 2, that filled him with the type of light only a proud “Grampy” could shine.
He enjoyed spending his free time boating, fishing, and camping with his best friend, Rodney Canwell and family at Mooselookmeguntic Lake, spending quality time with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, and always being the jokester of whatever group he was in. The stories and wise-guy tales he told are what most people still hold dear to this day. He will be forever missed and always remembered by many.

Chris is survived by his only child, Joseph Bruns and wife Rachel of Mexico, brother Timothy Bruns of Berlin N.H., sisters, Tammy Cloutier and husband Donald of Berlin N.H., Kathy Vagle and husband Jeff of Perkasie Pennsylvania, Vanessa Bruns and companion Robert Totland of Honolulu, Hawaii, Cindy Laberge and husband Jeff of Orleans, Vermont; two beloved grandchildren, Adrian Child and Easton Bruns of Mexico, and nieces and nephews, Lance Stiles, Ray Willey, Brian Cloutier, Eric Cloutier, Jessalyn Laflamme, Trista Bruns, Ashley Bruns, Carl Vagle, Kirsten Vagle, Sanford Ohlson, Harley Ohlson, James Laberge, Josh Laberge; plus many great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Ralph ‘Buzzy” Bruns and mother, Ernestine Bruns (Bennett) of Gorham, N.H., grandparents, Maynard Bruns and wife Nellie of Gorham N.H., and grandparents, Ernest Bennett and wife Clara of Berlin, N.H.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family by visiting their guestbook at

At Chris’s request services will be private.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of S.G. Thibault Funeral Home and Life Celebration Center 250 Penobscot St., Rumford, Maine, 04276. 364-4366

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