Bruce O. Murdoch, aged 86, of Middleboro, died peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Morton Hospital surrounded by his children. Hewas the devoted husband of Virginia C. Murdoch (Clark) for 58 yearsbefore her passing. Born in Middleboro, Bruce was son of the late Francisand Georgiana (Ouellette) Murdoch. He was educated at the vocational technical high school in New Bedford and became a machinist – an occupation he felt destined for him.
Bruce was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era as an aircraft mechanic. Later he joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard (MAANG) and went on to work full time for the MAANG as a civilian in the machine shop. He was decorated with many military honors and awards including one for creating parts in a day to get essential aircraft in the air when it would have taken months for the manufacturer to supply them. In the early years of his marriage, Bruce worked as foreman for the FH Peterson Machine Company in Stoughton. After retiring from the MAANG at Otis Air Force Base, he went on to work at KAO Infosystems in Plymouth and retired again.
Bruce was raised in Middleboro and was the Brother of Irene (d), Brian(d), and Gordon(d). He loved being the father of a large extended family who called him dad, uncle, grandpa and great-grandpa. Father’s Day cookouts were mandatory in his backyard. Bruce built his own scaled down model of a live steam locomotive. This was no ordinary train as it ran on coal and water every Father’s Day. Dawning an engineer hat, hegave many a happy kid a ride around the elevated track on a platform car followed by a scaled caboose. He was also the Mr. Fixit of the family helping with mechanical issues and even had his own shop in the basement. And, let’s not forget the bagpipes. In midlife he took up the instrument, joined a marching band, donned a kilt and could be heard for miles when he practiced in the backyard like a true Scotsman.
Bruce and Virginia raised a large family in a house full of energy. In order of birth, his 9 children are Lynne, Jason (deceased), Heather, Kimberly, Andrew, Ann, William, Bruce and Ereta. A lover of music, Bruce bounced on his knee 15 grandchildren: Alex, Abigail, Amanda, Megan, William, Brendan, Christopher, Sarah, Carolyn, Anthony, Patrick, Gina, Cameron, Shelbi and Owen. He also has 11 great grandchildren: Samantha, Jackson, Noah, Layla, Jason, Craig, Ava, Aria, Carter Amelia and Annabelle.
Bruce converted to Catholicism and became a long-time communicant at Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro. His family in the early years filled an entire pew every Sunday!
Visiting hours will be held on Monday December 3rd from 4-7 pm in the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St. Middleboro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 4th at Sacred Heart Church, 340 Centre St. Middleboro, at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Middleboro. All are welcome to attend a luncheon following the services.