Monday and Bruce 
 
A More beautiful tribute could not have been planned 

Our boats were side by side, in silence 

Each  person thinking of him as  flowers were placed on the water 

Our eyes following the flowers as they drifted past the boats 

 After a few moments ,the first boat called "Paddles Up" and the boat went off 

       As I was watching the team paddle off, I could feel the spirit of our Bruce 

And  I could feel the importance of those silent moments we shared  together. 

"Paddles Up"  Bruce there is more to come 

-Cyn

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I'm still in shock. Having found out about Bruce's passing just a few hours before practice I could hardly speak. He was a very generous man. Generous with his time and generous in his support of others. He was always on time and quick to volunteer. He was the first to volunteer to take the boats back, to clean the dock, set up for our events, and help the Healers and CDBA get ready for our various events. He even paddled for 6 hours when we were training for the Amazon and needed another to balance the boat or when we didn't have enough people to move the HK. Earlier this season, after our regular practice, he stayed at the Lake and paddled with the Balboa kids to help them fill the boat when they were just starting out. He was a very good friend to Kathy, a friend to Macy, a friend to me, and a friend to CDBA and the Dragon Boat community.

Because of his committment to the team, to the dragon boat community and to the sport, he truly embodied the spirit and soul of the Healers. Just as Ringo is to the Beatles so is Bruce to the Healers.

He never missed a practice since he started 2 years ago. That's approximately 140 practices. He was always there and you could count on him. He became a very good paddler. He worked hard (on his favorite side) and was very strong. The 'Engine' is a special part of the boat. And, the guys that make up the 'Engine' have a special bond. Bruce was a big part of that bond. It's not just the strength and pulling together, it is also the teasing and jabing with one another. Bruce was a big part of that.

Bruce will be missed. He was such a good guy...

Ross

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I heard the shocking word today about Bruce and it made my heart ache.

Bruce and I were frequent seat buddies and I found him a shy gentle sweet-natured teddy bear, with a wicked sense of humor that was growing more and more open the more I knew him.

There are few words I have that can express how empty I feel at his loss; it just seem so little ago that I watched and waved at him as he rode his bike away from our Wednesday night practice--knowing that I would always see him again at our next practices/events.

I am saddened for the entire team, as no doubt I know you are.

When I heard, I almost immediately reached out for something that had him in it, and I found this picture, of he and I in Redwood City 2009 after a race we did together.

I hope you and the team share it a smile of remembrance of the man and his gentle spirit.

With Sad Warm and Loving Wishes to all,

Glenn Huang

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I sit here tonight with tears rolling down my face again (last night after I finally got off work at 9pm I sat with tears and disbelief), i was with you all in thoughts as I knew Terri was doing an amazing job at holding you all. I am so incredibly thankful for you all in my life and I don't think I've told you all that enough. I may be injured but I continue to be a dragon healer true and true.

I just can't believe bruce is gone. My engine room buddy, who is going to splash me, who will take pictures, who will take videos, who will clean the dock with me, who will return the boats with me.... i miss him already.

life is such a treasure, and how quickly things can change.

I will hold you all as you race in vancouver.

Please keep me in the loop with the memorial and let me know if there is anything I can do.

Traveling blessings. Go Healers Go.

Eileen  

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When I met Bruce in 2002 on APC1 he was the mysterious MA with wry humor who never looked up. Although knowledgeable, helpful, hardworking and quick to participate as module photographer, Bruce was elusive otherwise. No one knew about him outside of the hours he worked on the module, and no one shared much beyond that.

Over the years, Bruce and I developed a warm appreciation for each other, but it was only Bruce the MA that I knew at all. When my time came to depart the module I got a nod and 'good luck' and that was that.

In 2008, years after I had moved away from KP San Francisco, I returned to the bay with my dragonboat team. Before looking for any KP Dragonhealers myself, I heard my name called out across the venue. It was Bruce, in Dragonhealers uniform, with a huge smile beaming from his face. He did not look down as I approached but grabbed me into a hug. We had a great chat to catch up.

Now, although with a heavy heart and a lump in my throat, I am so glad I had the chance for that hug and to tell Bruce how great it was to see him. Bruce was uniquely kind and generous and for that memory and his friendship I am deeply grateful!

I'll keep my eye on the website, Kathy. I hope the chance to memorialize him will bring you and the team a little bit of peace!

Be Well!

Susan L. Hobbel

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I still can't believe my ears. How can it be?!? Bruce was a gentle giant among us teammates. I pride myself to be his wing-man. I was expecting another great race alongside of him in Vancouver. I'm sure I can speak for all the team members, he will always be in our hearts & minds.

I saw him many times riding his bike going back home after a practice; sometimes in the rain. I told him that I have a bike carrier & am more than happy to give him a ride. He always said no. Now I'll never have the chance again.

It saddens me to have missed the last chance to paddle with him on last Saturday. Now I'm a wing-man without the wing to follow. Our team lost a pillar.

I won't mind to go to Vancouver with his position in the boat empty & draped in black. But then on second thought, what would he want us to do? Should we try to win one for him?

Bruce, give us a hint!

Casey

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"Of course, people want to live long. But in the end, what matters more is what we have been able to leave behind -- the value we have created in our lives, the number of people we have made happy and how much we have been able to grow and expand as a person." (by Buddhist philosopher D. Ikeda)

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A letter to Bruce - Val Footracer

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Bruce Anderson - Henry Young