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Herman R. Bruce
January 11, 2023


Herman R. Bruce, 83, died peacefully in his Dartmouth home on Wednesday January 11, 2023, surrounded by family.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Mary A. (Griffiths) Bruce.

Herman was a lifelong commercial fisherman, and owner of several boats, including the current fishing vessel Zibet.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth A. (Cazemiro) Bruce; his children Lisa McGreavy and her husband Michael of Mattapoisett, Mark Bruce and his wife Sandra of Dartmouth, and Mary Beth Bruce and her wife Ann of Plymouth; his grandchildren, Holly, Ryan, Hannah, and Samarah; his brother Edward F. Bruce, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Mary Catherine Saunders, Marie Celeine Toye, Lila Hogan Trott, Perpetua M. Murray, and Dennis P. Bruce.

His visiting hours will be held on Sunday January 22nd, from 1-4 PM at the Saunders- Dwyer Funeral Home, 495 Park Street, New Bedford. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday January 23rd at 10 AM at St. Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Road, Dartmouth. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719. For online condolence book, please visit

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Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes
495 Park Street
New Bedford, MA 02740