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Benjamin Curry "Dink" Bruce

1944 - 2020


Benjamin Curry "Dink" Bruce, 76, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Dink passed at his home in Livingston, Montana, in the company of his loving nephew Kenny, and his dear friends Linda and Bill Klipp. Dink was born in San Francisco on May 12, 1944, to Laura Elizabeth "Betty" Moreno Bruce and Telly Otto "Toby" Bruce. Dink loved to say “I left my umbilical cord in San Francisco,’’ but no one would...

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Kris Schlech

October 6, 2020 3:42 PM

Nooo. I was looking for Dink, and I am absolutely heartsick to end up here. I knew Dink well for at least the first half of our lives; our parents were great friends, we were both true Conchs, and we came together as friends many times well into our 50s. The most fun I had with Dink was during the years that Solares Hill was just getting started and I was living on Pecan Lane with some of the other founders, Mike Pruitt and Jerry Lee Miller, and I think Bill Huckel was soon thereafter the editor. We were a small band of hooligans, and even all those years ago Dink's artistic talents were shining. His Mom Betty was a darling, and I remember fondly a few afternoons sitting with her shortly before her death.
Decades passed, but every 10 years or so Dink and I would reconnect, and he always knew where to find me. Sometime in the early 2000s, he created a wonderful photo portfolio of Cuban refugee boats, and we connected over those, as I was living in San Diego at the time and had my own "shoe story" about border crossings. He graciously sent me several of the prints, which hung in my office for years.
I enclose here a few photos of Dink from those wonderful Solares Hill times. I will miss my conch soulmate and am very regretful we didn't get one last meet-up. Happy Trails, Dink, in my heart forever. Kris Schlech

Carolyn Ferguson

September 14, 2020 5:58 AM

Godspeed, my good friend. Your stories will live on and on...💫💫💫💫

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