Bruce was born on September 3, 1950, in Santa Monica, CA, the 3rd child of Raymond and Dorothy Rolland. He passed on April 19, 2015, at home in Redondo Beach, CA. He leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend of over 30 years, Emily Rolland.
Bruce’s family moved to Santa Barbara in 1957. Bruce joined the U.S. Navy with cousin John under the buddy system. Bruce’s naval service of 8 years included 3 years stationed in Rota, Spain. After his Naval service, Bruce began his career at Northrop Grumman Corp. as a Ground Support Mechanic. He traveled for the company troubleshooting problems with fighter aircraft. He retired after 27 years as a Master Program Planner.
His retirement years were filled with his passion for restoring 19th century musical instruments and vintage automobiles. He won awards for his vehicles, some of which are now in 3 Southern California museums. His work has been featured in automotive books and television programs. He was an artist who displayed perfection and beauty in his work. He was generous, kind, and never lost his sense of play. He left us far too soon.
Bruce is survived by his wife Emily, sisters Gwen Coxon and Gail (Michael) Stichler; nieces Kris (Todd) Ewing, Kendra (Brian) VanVelzor and Hana Stichler; cousins John (Peggy) Jacobs and Diane O’Hara, dear friend KT; and much adored god-daughters Athena and Emma; sisters-in-law Bonnie Moran, Evelyn Blizzard, Carol (Ray) Welch, Terry Luna (Rayna), Martha Rodriguez, Mandy Gonzalez, along with nephews and nieces whom he adored; and by close and lifelong friends.
Services to be held Friday, May 15th at 11am at
Santa Barbara Cemetery
901 Channel Drive
Santa Barbara, 93108
In lieu of flowers please donate to The Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach 310 376-3550