Bruce David Kirkpatrick was born in Seattle on October 1, 1946, to Edith and Francis Kirkpatrick. He grew up in Seattle and was a Roosevelt High School class of 1964 graduate. He attended Shoreline Community College and graduated with a BA degree from Washington State University, where he became an avid Cougar fan for his entire life, despite being outnumbered by his mostly Husky family.
During the 80s and 90s, Bruce lived on the island while having a career in business and sales for various local media outlets including KIRO, KZOK, and a local Northwest magazine. During his free time, he became very involved in coaching island sports. He even participated in a Mariner-sponsored program to get a baseball diamond built at Vashon High School.
Bruce was a big movie buff. He was active in the Vashon Film Society and was involved in efforts to save the movie theater. He also contributed briefly to The Beachcomber as a movie critic, using a rating system of ferry boats instead of stars.
After raising a family on Vashon Island and retiring from a career in business and sales, Bruce moved to Los Angeles and enjoyed a second career as an actor and voice-over artist. He had extra roles in many motion pictures and television shows. He also performed in plays and commercials.
Bruce passed away, surrounded by his family, in Los Angeles on November 6, 2019, following a brief illness. He is survived by his sons Jack, Dan (Margaret Ann) and Peter, his grandchildren Dorothy, Mary, Daniel, Samuel, Annabeth and Nicholas, his sister Jean, his brothers Kent and Brian and several nieces and nephews. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8th, at Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 1414 North 42nd Street, Seattle, Washington.