Benjamin Bruce Smith, age 64, passed away Saturday evening, February 3, 2024 at UW Medical Center in Madison, WI after a short illness.
Bruce was born on July 15, 1959, to the late James H. (Skeet) Smith and Sarah Scarborough Smith. He was a graduate of Cochran High School, Class of 1977 and was deeply involved in the 4-H program. Bruce continued his education at Middle Georgia College and the University of Houston before receiving a Medical Laboratory Technology degree from Atlanta College.
After moving to Atlanta, Bruce met and fell in love with Amy Adams. They were married in May 28, 1995 in Atlanta. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Vancouver, WA, just across the Columbia River from Portland. He was a longtime valued employee with the American Red Cross and transferred from the Pacific Northwest to Sun Prairie, WI, just outside of Madison, in 2006 where he was employed at the time of his passing.
Bruce enjoyed a lifelong passion of music. He loved singing and playing the guitar for himself or anyone else that would listen. He also loved acting and was cast in many plays and dramas in high school and college. Maybe that’s because his mother named him after her favorite character on the daytime soap opera, The Guiding Light. He continued his love of theater with parts in numerous productions with several community theater groups.
Bruce was also a huge sports fan. He loved watching and talking about all sports, especially Georgia football. However, his favorite sports moments were all of the times spent with his son and daughter at the ice rink, ball park and gym watching them play hockey, baseball, softball and archery. He enjoyed nothing more than being active and supportive of all of their activities.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife Amy and their two children: son Logan, a senior at Grand Canyon University and daughter, Avery, a senior in high school. He is also survived by his brother Randy, wife Cindy and their children and grandchildren.
To all of those who had the privilege of knowing him and his entertaining sense of humor, Bruce will be sorely missed. The service will be private.
Services in Georgia are currently pending.
Cress Funeral Service-- Sun Prairie