Brattleboro- Bruce Harold Corwin, 83, of Meadowbrook Road, a resident of Brattleboro since 1957 died Monday morning, October 30, 2017 at the Thompson House following an extended illness.
Bruce was born in Natick, Mass on December 15, 1933 the son of Harold and Alice (Day) Corwin. He was raised and educated in Bellows Falls and was a graduate of Bellows Falls High School, Class of 1951. He went on to graduate from The University of Maine (Orono) in 1955 earning his B.A. Degree in Music.
His first teaching assignment was in Bennington where he taught music for two years for the Bennington Rural School System. In 1957 he moved to Brattleboro and was music teacher for the Brattleboro Elementary School District retiring following over 38 years as a music teacher.
In the mid-1960’s he went on sabbatical returning to college earning his Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 1967. For two years he served in career education in the Newfane/Townshend (West River Valley) School District later returning to teach instrumental music at Guilford, Putney, Vernon and Dummerston schools, retiring in 1993.
During summers, Bruce worked for the Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Department.
Active civically, he served as a Boy Scout Leader for West Brattleboro Troop #447, served as a director for the Intercultural Camp which was sponsored by First Congregational Church and was a former President in the 1980’s of the Brattleboro Winter Carnival. Bruce was also a member and past president of the Brattleboro Kiwanis Club and was an active volunteer in the transportation department at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
A gifted and accomplished musician who played many instruments, he served as band leader and conductor for many years for the American Legion Post #5 Band, was a member for over 70 years of the Grafton Band, serving 20 years as a director, and was a member of the Chester, VT Brass Band for several years.
With his wife, he was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro serving on the church’s physical properties committee.
Bruce was known for his easy-going personality and spirit of friendship.
Of his leisure time activities, he loved music and enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, gardening, camping and cutting & stacking firewood with his family in the fall. He and Carol also traveled to 31 foreign countries.
On August 20, 1955 at the West Barrington (RI) Methodist Church he was married to Carol Langlois who survives.
Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 62 years he leaves one son, John G. Corwin (Linda) of Townsend, MA, two daughters, Nancy Dwyer (Jeffrey) of Brattleboro and Barbara Wallace (William) of Chesterfield, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted Thursday at 1:00 P.M. at First Congregational Church with Pastor Sandra Daly, officiating. Burial will follow in West Brattleboro Cemetery on Mather Road.
Calling hours at the church will be from 11:30 A.M. until the start of the service.
Memorial contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or the American Legion Band, c/o American Legion Post 5, 32 Linden Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301, Attn: Bill Wessel.