Bruce E. Foss

BAR HARBOR — Bruce E. Foss, 60, died March 12, 2012.

Bruce was born March 9, 1952, in Bar Harbor, the son of Fred W. Foss and Shirley I. Young Foss. Bruce grew up in Bar Harbor on Norway Drive and attended Mount Desert Island High School. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam.

If you were looking for Bruce, he was easy to find. Early in the day he was usually at the Hulls Cove General Store having a cup of coffee, reading the newspaper and talking to people in the store. Bruce also had a special ability to connect with people of all ages, from young people to seniors. He will be missed by all, new acquaintances and old friends alike.

He was well-known in the area as an accomplished equipment operator, and over the years held positions with local companies, most notably Harold MacQuinn, Inc., before starting Acadia Construction Inc. and more recently, striking off on his own with Bruce Foss Construction.

He had a natural talent for recognizing the potential of a rough landscape and transforming it into a useable thing of beauty. On many occasions people called Bruce for advice on a project or “to swing over to check something out,” often adding, “and can you bring a shovel?”

Bruce was wholeheartedly at his happiest when he was working, but he also was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing on Echo Lake and hunting in the woods of Maine. He took several memorable fishing trips to Canada, and you knew you were in for a good story when he returned by the unmistakable glint in his eye and the whopper that had been mounted to hang over the mantel. Bruce traveled throughout the United States and internationally. He had an eye for architecture, particularly appreciating designs that reminded him of foreign destinations like Mexico and Scotland.

He will be remembered for his generosity. He was always willing to help and was usually there before you had to ask him.

Bruce is survived by his sister, Sharon Carroll, of Bar Harbor; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was predeceased by his father and mother, and his two brothers, Jerry and Dean.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth ME 04605.

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