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Bruce Dobberteen '53

Bruce Dobberteen died peacefully at his home on beautiful Bournes Pond on Cape Cod July 26, 2013 age 85 after a brave struggle with Alzheimers disease. Bruce was cheerful to the end. He was a man of action, a man of the people, a man who loved life, and most of all, his family. Bruce had high expectations of everyone, including himself. His life unfolded across the US; he was born in Michigan, grew up in White Plains NY & Hampton CT, lived and worked in Minneapolis, Greater Boston & Oklahoma City. After service in the Army of Occupation in Japan, he attended Antioch College on the GI bill and became an engineer. He knew the value of hard work, whether working in a garage or on a dairy farm as a teen, in factories on co-op jobs, or during his pioneering career in the computer manufacturing industry, working for Honeywell, General Electric and Control Data. He was a progressive Democrat all his life, beginning as a campaign volunteer for Adlai Stevenson and cast his final vote to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012. He delighted in his retirement on Cape Cod and as a snowbird on the beautiful Isles of Capri on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Bruce loved to travel throughout his life. His last trip in 2010 was with his children to visit Scotland where he set foot on the site of his family's home before their immigration to the US in the 19th century. He was extremely well read, loved cars and could fix anything mechanical, enjoyed fishing all over the world, and was an ace bridge player. He is predeceased by his parents, Harold Henry Martin Dobberteen and Euphemia Carnahan Dobberteen, his three wives, each of whom was a strong, brilliant and caring partner: Sara J. Dobberteen, Marian Beard Dobberteen and most recently Inace Shoun Dobberteen, his brother Ross Dobberteen, and his beloved dog Boomer. He is survived by his wonderful family: son Matt and wife Diyanna Dobberteen, son Ross Dobberteen and wife Lisa Urry, daughter Lisa Dobberteen and partner Nicholas LeRoy, stepdaughter Shana Truel and wife Ellen Kirkendall, grandchildren Abigail and Lily Dobberteen, Alexander Urry and Andrew Fallon, sister-in-law Jackie Dobberteen, nieces and nephews Amy, Todd and Dave Dobberteen and wife Kerri, and stepchildren Rebecca, Joseph and John Beard all of whom will miss him every day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to APCC the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (www.apcc.org) P.O. Box 398, Barnstable, MA 02630 or VNA of Cape Cod's Hospice Program (support.givetocapecodhealth.org) P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.