Remembering our friend…
Rev. Bruce E. Billman,
April 9, 1934 – March 1, 2021
(Bruce pictured with Eloise Nielsen in 2014. Please keep Eloise in your prayers
as she recovers from injuries sustained in a fall.)
I share with you that Bruce left his earthly bonds on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6 A.M. in Rochester, New York. In his last few hours, he was visited in person by his steady friend and advocate Jim Tiefenthal.
On Sunday afternoon, I was able to be with him and facilitate a “visit” over a phone held to his ear with Janie, Lisa and Sylvia Thornton-Smith.
And, just a short while ago, his loving Deacon Sandy Morales from The Downtown Church had arranged a Zoom call that several friends were able to attend.
Bruce was never alone, even as he began to rapidly decline in his last days at his residence, Monroe Community Hospital.
Friends, whether you have recently been able to be in touch with Bruce (or tried, as many have), please know that he embraced each of you dearly and welcomes your love and the prayers you send with him – but really, prayers he now gives us to pray for one another.
Attached, in Bruce’s hand, is a poem he distributed a while ago from “Night of the Iguana” – his favorite. It is what I read to Bruce as he prepared to meet the saints who had gone before, especially his parents, Ginny, Judith, Howard and Gary. I thought you might enjoy reading something of what he held in his heart, as you remember him in all the ways you do.
There will be more information in the days ahead, but we wanted to pass this on to you before too much time had passed.
With love to you all, as I join you in missing our friend and thankful for the life he was given to share with us all,
That All May Freely Serve
“Public Ministry Completed; Quiet Ministry Continues”