R. "Mac" Bruce MacGregor
May 3, 1932 - July 18, 2015
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R. Bruce MacGregor, 83, of Port Charlotte, Florida died peacefully on July 18, 2015 at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte following a massive heart attack and stroke. He was preparing to conduct a choir of Veterans in his full Dress Blues this past July 4th when he fell ill. A man who began each…

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Suzanne Côte-Croce left a message on July 9, 2016:
A year later I miss you even more. Love you Bruce. We got all the weeds out and the Thousand Islands are just as beautiful. But you already know that . Love you always. Suzanne
Willard Johns left a message on November 23, 2015:
We lived our rather young years during an economic depression, with a spirit and optimistic outlook Bruce maintained and helped others until the end.
Donna Durkot left a message on August 5, 2015:
Caroline, I am sorry to read of Bruce's passing. It's been several years since we were working together but I think of you when I pass West Middle School. May God bless you and your family.
Cheryl Johnson LABBAN (Monty) left a message on August 5, 2015:
Caroline and family: So very sad to hear of Mac's passing-can't imagine the hole in your lives but memories are very precious. He knew how to design a full enviable life with you all and so fulfilling to be a student of his from M-E and then Central Methodist. He was vital in following me into a music education and know I'm just one of adoring thousands, right through retirement. You know many cherish his smile, wit, perfectionism, dedication and love of each in his groups. What a rare talent and he told me-Cheryl, I just know when this assignment is done, we're gonna sing all mornings and sail all afternoons up there!! He could make that happen! Love, Cheryl Johnson Labban
Julie Norton left a message on August 4, 2015:
Dear Mrs. MacGregor, Doug, Tim, and Mary Jane, We are so sorry to hear of Mr. MacGregor's passing. Please remember the Norton's down the street on Hillside Drive (Bill, BeBee, Barry, Julie and Lori). We are very sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in peace. God Bless.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Bob Parke left a message on August 3, 2015:
Mrs. MacGregor, Doug, Tim and Mary Jane, I send my condolences for the loss of your Husband and Dad. I fondly remember going to your home and being a part of the MacGregor hospitality. Bruce was alway a great host and would make you feel welcome in your home. I wish you God's graces and his healing of your hearts that will console you during your grief.
Judy Saar left a message on August 3, 2015:
Dear Caroline and Family. So sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I lost Bob six years ago and I know how difficult this is for you. I have'nt seen you in many years but I will always remember our start on Louisa St. The beginning and the end, it's been a good life. God bless and hold on to your wonderful memories. It helps!
Duane Whittaker left a message on August 2, 2015:
Mac has been and will continue to be in my thoughts every time I sit around a campfire or or am on the river in my kayak.. A true friend that always seemed to know the correct heading. My years working with Bruce at BCC were the most memorable and enlightening. Peace be with you old friend.
Tony Klenchik left a message on August 2, 2015:
My sympathies to the MacGregor family. I rember well the good year of 1983 in the BCC choir. Mac was a great choral director. He was tough on us but he made us all better singers. He had a way of getting the maximum out of every voice. He was great that way. He was in his element when we performed in Williamsburg and Annapolis that year. A really awesome memory. Thank you Mac for that. God bless this family of a stand up American.
Cathy Welte left a message on August 2, 2015:
I was a member of the BCC Choir's performance of "The Messiah" several times under Mr. MacGregor's direction. He made sure we hit every note and sang every word clearly, all four parts, with patience, occasional scolding and humor. What a grand time we had! It was fun and fondly remembered by almost 30 years later. I still clearly remember the look of pure joy on his face, as the conductor, when we hit that final "Amen!" May God comfort all of your hearts now as only He can.
Rosemary Pufky left a message on August 2, 2015:
To Caroline and Family. So very sorry for the sad news but I'm sure the heavenly choir greeted their new director with open arms. God Bless. Rosemary & Family
Judy Olsa left a message on August 2, 2015:
Mr. MacGregor brought the love of music into my life many years ago at Binghamton North H.S. He introduced EVERY type of music to us. I remember being a part of the " Blazer Chorus" and going to State competitions and winning. I remember evening rehearsals with Mrs. MacGregor and children observing our performances. THANK YOU Mr. MacGregor for giving so many of us the joy of music . Sincerely, JUdy ( Cooper) Olsa..B.N.H.S. ( Class of 1965)
Barbara Ann Powell left a message on July 30, 2015:
Caroline and family, I send you my love, prayers, and sincerest condolences on the passing of Bruce. He was a highly respected musician, among so many other things, and he left a piece of that musicianship and love with each of us who created music under his baton. What an amazing life he had!
Joan and Bill Shumin left a message on July 30, 2015:
Caroline and family, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I enjoyed working for Bruce when he was at BCC and will never forget his smile and always thoughtful ways. He was a very special person. He will be missed by so many. He has left lasting memories to so many people. Joan and Bill Shumin
Linda Fudala-Tucker left a message on July 28, 2015:
Choral music lost a friend in R. Bruce MacGregor, founder/director of the Charlotte Chorale. I was a founding member and have many fond memories of working with Bruce in those early years. He was a tough director who got the most out of his singers. He chose challenging music and favored composers such as Handel and Benjamin Britton among many others. He also laughed easily and smiled often. Condolences to Caroline and the rest of his family. Even at the end he was doing what he loved, a Marine to the end. Semper Fi! Bruce. You're singing with the heavenly choir now, if not directing it.
Kathy Caldwell left a message on July 27, 2015:
I am saddened to hear of Bruce's passing and send my condolences to his family. For many years I played in a small ensemble, orchestra or as an oboe soloist with the Charlotte Chorale and I have many fond memories of these rehearsals and performances. It was always a pleasure to work with Bruce and the Chorale because of his warmth, appreciation for the musicians, and passion for his work and the music. He made many contributions and we will all remember them and his spirit. Keep on making music, Bruce!
Ellen Childs left a message on July 27, 2015:
The Charlotte Chorale under Bruce's direction changed my retirement from ho hum to yippee! I will always be grateful for the wonderful music that Bruce introduced to me and to everyone who sang or listened.
Julie-Ann (Serafini) Fortran left a message on July 24, 2015:
Fondly remember Mr. MacGregor from Broome Community College (1971-1973) and the Student Activity Club in addition to the Glee Club. Many happy memories associated with him. My condolences on your loss. From the obituary, I can see he lived a full and happy life after BCC. Julie-Ann
Larry Underriner left a message on July 24, 2015:
Doug, Tim and Family-So, so sorry for your Father's passing. I can vividly remember your dad at school functions and MacGregor "parties" with his welcoming personality and friendly smile. His "mark" and influence was obviously left on his family and all that met him. Best wishes for you all....
Brian Stanley left a message on July 23, 2015:
To the MacGregor Family: Mr. MacGregor was one of the finest examples of a husband, father, gentleman, professional, and musician whom I have ever encountered. He treated me as an adult from the day I met him as a teenager which I will never forget. He sang at my wedding in 1983.........my recollections of him are of nothing but fondness and respect. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Brian Stanley
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Rozann Mcgill left a message on July 23, 2015:
Doug, so sorry for your loss… he was quite an accomplished man and a wonderful role model.
Scott Hawley left a message on July 23, 2015:
Extended heartfelt sympathy to Doug, Tim and Mary Jane and families. Your Dad really got so much out of life and thank him for being a great teacher and mentor and reshaping peoples lives. He will greatly be missed.
Wendy Auchinachie Miller left a message on July 23, 2015:
So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He surely was a very accomplished sweet man. I lost my dad last Sept '14 and miss him every day. We just have to live with the awesome memories we all have!!
Kathleen Hooker left a message on July 23, 2015:
Mary Jane(bloody mary) you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love babe.
Torry Watkins left a message on July 22, 2015:
Hi all: This is from another boy soprano who entered the world, and the old neighborhood, just three years behind Bruce, as we knew him then. He was one of the most irrepressible people I ever knew and it sounds like he was irrepressible to the very end, as we would have expected, At this moment I'm confident that he's conducting some heavenly choir in still another chorus of "Cwm Rhondda". R.I.P., Bruce.
Bob & Darlene Gravatt left a message on July 21, 2015:
A great loss. You will not be forgotten. God bless you.
Eleanor Payne left a message on July 20, 2015:
I am so saddened by your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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