Bruce Woodsby Obituary

Bruce A. Woodsby
Bruce A. Woodsby

January 10, 1954 - February 6, 2021
Born in Florida
Resided in New London, Connecticut


Bruce A. Woodsby

New London- On February 6, 2021 in the comfort of his own home, Bruce A. Woodsby, 67, passed away peacefully after years of fiercely battling various health issues. Beloved son of Edith and Clarence Woodsby, he grew up a military child moving around the United States and spent his high school years shooting hoops in Long Island, NY.

After graduating from the Naval Nuclear Power School in 1974, he proudly served aboard the nuclear submarine USS Skate (SSN 578), followed by a long career as a nuclear engineer.

He will be remembered for his voracious appetite for knowledge, artistic use of sarcasm, quick wit, strong will, and encyclopedic knowledge and love of music. He was the grandmaster of assigning people nicknames, and the most lovable imp.

His favorite pastimes included: spending time with his family, musical trivia, creating his own holidays, playing guitar, making glass jewelry in his kiln, being outdoors, gardening, and reading books.

Bruce would frequently ask his loved ones to “Tell me a story”- and shame on you if you did not have one readily available. Ironically, if you dared to ask him a question, his favorite response would be “Are you writing a book?”

He leaves behind his tight knit circle of loved ones including his wife Sally “SJ” Bondy, his children: Jennifer “Queen” Clark and her husband Bill, Lizzy “Butchski” Woodsby and her husband Steve Bouchard, Alicia “Maroo” Woodsby and her fiancé Jonathan Connell, Nicole “Donny Digital” Chicketti and her husband Brian, Megan “Miss Moo” Bondy, Julia “Booty” Bondy, and Jacob “Dude” Bondy.

In addition to his children, he leaves behind his grandchildren, the lights of his life: Billy “Billy K”, Wyatt “YYZ”, Connor “Connah Bruce”, Jesse “Angel Baby”, Emilia “MiMi”, Brian “Button”, Alexander “Xander”, and Liam “Mr. Serious”. He was thrilled to welcome his first greatgrandchild Melrose this past summer.
Rest assured, she too will be given many nicknames in the years to come. Family traditions endure.
He was predeceased by his pugs Boris and Natasha, whom he loved with all his heart.

He was one of a kind and will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him. Our lives will never be the same. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the ASPCA, or your local animal shelter.
A private celebration of life will be held in Bruce’s honor.

The Neilan Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London is assisting the family. Condolences may be shared with Bruce’s family at




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