Bruce Allen's Story
Bruce Allen Thatcher, 77, of Derry, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Parkland Hospital ICU. He was born in Providence, R.I. on December 12, 1939, the son of the late Leon I. and Althea (Tolhurst) Thatcher. He grew up in Providence and graduated from Hope High School. He received his Executive MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. Bruce proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He worked in technology during his career, becoming a Marketing Vice President at NEC. He later was involved in three consulting firms CDP (Connected Digital Peripherals), CAP Ventures and Peripheral Insight. A devout Quaker, Bruce found great comfort and fellowship over the years at the Friends Meeting in Cambridge.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen Riley Thatcher, her three daughters, Patricia Riley of Brockton, Nancy Riley of Medford, and Dr. Kathleen Riley and Zach McDowell of Chicago; his beloved grandson Teddy Riley; his nephew Robert Thatcher and wife, Christine of Burlington, Conn., and grand-nieces, Lindsay Thatcher of Connecticut and Rachel Thatcher of R.I., and grand-nephews, Christopher Thatcher of Connecticut and Zach Thatcher of Washington, D.C.; his niece, Donna Ashley and Andrew Ashley of New York City. He was predeceased by his wife, Diane Thatcher and his brother, Donald Thatcher.
Bruce was a kind, smart and gentle man, who spent most of his working career in technology and knew a great deal about it. He also had a great interest in genealogy which he enjoyed especially in retirement, eventually traveling and doing research and finding out that he was a member of the Mayflower Society of descendants of those who came to America on the Mayflower. He loved music, especially jazz and classical and was an avid reader. He enjoyed volunteering in retirement with his wife, Eileen, and they both were foster grandparents and did other things through Community Caregivers of Greater Derry.
Following his wishes there will be a Funeral/Memorial Service at the Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park on Saturday, November 11, at 1 p.m. There will be a reception following the service at approximately 2 p.m. There will be a private burial on Friday, September 29, at 11 a.m. at Pawtuxet Memorial Park, 100 Harrison Ave., Warwick, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge MA 02138-4816, Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, 18 Commons Drive #10, Londonderry, NH 03053, or a charity of your choice. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.csnh.com (NH Cremation Society)
Published on  September 28, 2017