Bruce James Bulger

RUMFORD – Bruce James Bulger, 64, of Rumford, left this world, Nov. 30, 2021, in the ICU at Central Maine Medical Center due to complications arising from COVID-19. He died alone, isolated from his family who meant the world to him.He was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on December 10, 1956, to Vivian M. (Sassi) Bulger and Richard H Bulger Sr. Bruce’s family moved to Rumford when he was 3-years old. In 1975, he graduated from Rumford High School.Bruce was employed for 30 years as a school bus driver for RSU 10. He hardly considered it a job. There were not many things he loved more than watching his Falcons compete. He was their “No. 1” fan and good luck charm. Bruce took his driving seriously, he won the state bus rodeo competition two times, which led him to compete in nationals in New York City and North Carolina. If you didn’t see Bruce driving the school bus, you may have seen him driving taxi, the shuttle for Sunday River or students for driver’s ed.On Oct. 10, 1987, Bruce married the love of his life Brenda. Together they raised Brenda’s son, Ryan and this is when Bruce first experienced fatherhood. Ten years later he became a father again to Alicia, followed by Desiree 19-months later. One of the happiest days of his life is when his grandson, Colton was born. He was always more of a father than a grandfather to Colton whom affectionally called him Pep.Bruce loved spending time at camp where he would fish and relax on his pontoon. He also enjoyed hunting and watching the Patriots and Red Sox play, attending concerts, spending time with family, striking up a conversation with anyone and everyone and cheering on his Mountain Valley Falcons. He was a member of the Eagles, Snowshoe Club and a Master Mason.He will be missed by his wife, Brenda Zadakis Bulger; children Ryan Kerr and his wife, April Kerr, and Alicia and Desiree Bulger; his grandson, Colton Bulger; many other family members, friends, colleges and the student community. Bruce was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Richard Bulger and Linda Bulger Gaskill; and his daughter’s longtime boyfriend, Jarrod Chessie. A celebration of life will be held at Mountain Valley High School auditorium on Friday at 5 p.m.In lieu of flowers. we are asking people to donate money to a fund we are creating in honor of Bruce to help RSU 10 students

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