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Clarence W. (Bruce) Bryant

Clarence W. (Bruce) Bryant, Jr of Ipswich died July 14, 2011, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after his illness. He was the husband of the late Ann (Johnson) Bryant, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Born Dec. 10, 1928 in Lynchburg, VA, he was the son of the late Clarence W. and Florence J. (Johnson) Bryant.  He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Master Sergeant in the Military Police Corps, after over 20 years of service, serving in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Army Commendation award with oak leaf cluster (2nd award) and numerous Theater and Campaign awards with battle stars. Upon retirement he was employed by the former Ann & Hope Store and Zayre's, followed by many years as the shoe department manager at the former Hill's Family Store in Ipswich. He was also recognized for his work with the implementation of the Enhanced 911 system in Ipswich and Rowley. Bruce was an active member of First Church in Ipswich, and served on many committees and boards. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf and tennis with his late wife.

Bruce is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David B. and Debra Bryant of York, PA; his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Norman Colter of Ipswich; his son and daughter-in-law, Dana B. and Judy Bryant of Epping, NH; his grandchildren, Kara Lynn Bryant of York, PA, Shannon and Heather Colter of Ipswich, and Jonathan and Daniel Bryant of Epping, N.H.; his sister, Norma Jean Blankenship of Lynchburg, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Samuel.

His memorial service will be held at First Church in Ipswich on Sunday September 4 at 2 p.m., family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Contributions in Bruce's memory may be made to First Church in Ipswich, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA 01938 or the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Hospice of the North Shore,
75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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