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Well, where to begin, this is tough
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Well, where to begin, this is tough

emoji_events [105]
Dec 7, 2021, 12:48 PM

Bruce was my friend. We talked about a lot of things and most of you who know me understand that I'm usually not short on words... But I'm trying to come up with how to express how I feel. Bruce always called me his "wing man" but I never really understood why he called me that until last night and I already miss you buddy.

We met through Clemson (actually lot 10 which is a story all in itself) and continued our friendship from there. We all at some point here in the Lounge have met through Bruce or Kelli and for that we are all grateful. Those who haven't met Bruce personally got to see him online here in the Lounge. And in talking with Kelli late yesterday afternoon, we felt it was best to let those who were close to Bruce know first. But our main goal in waiting was out of respect for Bruce's family. So if we didn't get to you last night, please forgive us.

Please say a prayer for his sister and remaining family.

My heart is hurting today for his family, friends and coworkers much more than it did yesterday when I drove up to his house. I knew it immediately. After not getting any responses this weekend and again yesterday, I asked Beefsteak had he heard anything. I contacted Kelli to get a family member's phone number to check on him. I called but they didn't answer. And once Beef said he hadn't heard from him, I had no choice but to get in my truck and take off to his place. Sadly, the reality of Bruce passing hit me in the face when I got there and the ride home was one of the loneliest, most difficult rides of my life. I usually texted him to check on him and ask if he was "on this side of the dirt" and to come out and get some sun once and a while. I never got that response this weekend or yesterday.

I know Bruce was a gentle giant beloved by his family, friends, coworkers and fellow Tigernet family. We often talked about how the folks on Tigernet were considered his family, his kind of people. And we never had to say anyone's real name. We always used our Tigernet scoks as he would say. I know most of you that knew Bruce are as shocked as I am right now.

I miss you buddy. I know you are no longer in pain and that gives me some peace. But I'll miss you friend.

I've been reading some scripture and online quotes of what to say or how to feel. This one seems to fit the best for me right now.

"Saying goodbye isn't for us. Instead, I will say that I look forward to seeing you again, each time I am reminded of you through a phrase, a joke, even an article of clothing. These are the things that will keep us close despite death." - author unknown

Godspeed Celtic - RIP

Bruce's arrangements provided to me just now -
Pruitt Funeral Home is located at
603 N. Main St., Honea Path, S.C. 29654

Visitation is this coming Saturday 12/11/2021 from 12pm until 1pm with the service following at 1pm

The funeral home has a website and will eventually get this online at some point today or tomorrow.

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Very well said my friend.

emoji_events [22]
Dec 7, 2021, 12:54 PM

Not sure there’s anything that could be added.

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dear friend...

emoji_events [22]
Dec 7, 2021, 1:01 PM

you made me cry.

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Well said, Fireball***

emoji_events [20]
Dec 7, 2021, 1:02 PM

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We're friends. You laugh, I laugh. You cry, I cry. You jump off a bridge, I get in my boat and save your retarded a$$.

Maryland @ Clemson Nov 10 2012

emoji_events [24]
Dec 7, 2021, 1:26 PM


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Nice! I'll have to try and dig up the ones from the 2010***

emoji_events [11]
Dec 7, 2021, 1:39 PM

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"It's Baltimore, Gentlemen; the Gods will not save you."

Outside of here it's been hard to explain how someone that I

emoji_events [35]
Dec 7, 2021, 1:38 PM

et through a message board could have such an impact on my life. but here, I think everyone gets it. He was just that dude. When i stopped posting over here as much and he stopped coming to tailgate, I would text him, send him tmail or even just a mention on twitter. For whatever reason this weekend, with all going on, I never got around to sending him a message in regards to CBV and all that. I was planning to do it last night (I thought I had inside scoop from my neighbors to share). Instead, I got a message from Chick and, like you said, it was a punch in the gut.

I was absolutely ready to meet him at a bar and grab our holiday time beer. Perhaps some of us can do that in his honor. I can have a picture of Halle on an easel there waiting for him.

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"It's Baltimore, Gentlemen; the Gods will not save you."

My vote is Jan 8.***

emoji_events [10]
Dec 7, 2021, 1:41 PM

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Cole @ Beach Cole w/ Clemson Hat

I'll never forget the Gator Bowl.

emoji_events [14]
Dec 7, 2021, 2:09 PM

Endzones was the name of that cruddy bar I believe. Pretty sure that was the second time meeting up with you all.

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so sorry for everyone here that knew him personally

emoji_events [15]
Dec 7, 2021, 2:26 PM

Wish I had gotten to meet him. Was always a great guy here and sounds like an even better person in real life. I know a lot are hurting and have you in our thoughts.

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Re: Well, where to begin, this is tough

emoji_events [16]
Dec 7, 2021, 2:56 PM

" In Lieu of flowers memorials should be made to the Dabo’s All In Team Foundation, Box 1585, Clemson, SC 29633. The family requests that everyone wear Clemson Attire for the service"

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I didn't know Bruce personally...

emoji_events [17]
Dec 7, 2021, 3:45 PM

but we did exchange beer packages a handful of times for white whales or limited releases.

We were supposed to meet up to have a pint in Asheville when he came up for a concert a few years ago but I ended up having to be out of town that weekend. We exchanged pleasantries and made a rain check to meet up the next time he was in town.

It saddens me that I will never get that opportunity now.

Celtic always seemed like an amazing human with a unique sense of humor and level perspective on things. Plus, he was a fellow Yankee fan. He will be missed.

RIP Bruce. I will be having a DIPA in your honor tonight.

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Sending in my sincere Condolences for a loyal Tiger Fan never met..

emoji_events [13]
Dec 7, 2021, 8:18 PM

but would have liked to have known Celtic_Tiger for sure since we both breathed Clemson Orange to the core of our bones!

Go TiGER Bruce.. go in peace.

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emoji_events [8]
Dec 7, 2021, 8:30 PM

Is the first word I can think of when it comes to Bruce....... Friend, Boss, & Tiger Fan. GO TIGERS!!!!

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Took a sip of Citrocity from Seminar

emoji_events [5]
Dec 7, 2021, 9:34 PM

I'm A non-drinker these days but had to honor Celtic the right way

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Very well said, Fireball!

emoji_events [9]
Dec 7, 2021, 8:44 PM

Only knew him from his posts here. The love for him I see today makes me wish I had known him personally. Sounds like just the kind of guy you want as a good friend.

Peace to all of you.

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I only knew Bruce through this forum but he and I

emoji_events [8]
Dec 7, 2021, 8:50 PM

shared our mutual “admiration” for Halle on different occasions.

Seemed to be a great guy and for those of you who knew him well, my thoughts are with you today.

RIP celtic.

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T Netters need to get together whenever possible because you never know…

emoji_events [7]
Dec 7, 2021, 9:21 PM

Thanks for the tailgating this year @clover65, @MyFavOrange, @Tigerhawk76!

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Re: T Netters need to get together whenever possible because you never know…

emoji_events [6]
Dec 7, 2021, 9:49 PM

True. I've never knowingly hooked up with other Tnetters to tailgate as it seemed odd to do so but hearing the great stories and thoughts of others for Bruce, whom I never met but enjoyed his posts and knowledge, makes me reconsider.

Sorry for everyone's pain over this huge loss and hope something positive can come of it.

RIP Celtic_Tiger. God Speed.

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Celtic's obituary

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Dec 8, 2021, 7:42 AM

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" Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think."

Jesus Christ this is horrible news to log in and find.

emoji_events [5]
Dec 8, 2021, 8:31 AM

Bruce is one of a handful of Lungers I've met, and what a character he was. I went to a couple tailgates with him being the only one I "knew". He made sure I wasn't a stranger.

Going to drink some dark ones tonight in his honor. RIP buddy.

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I didn't know Bruce, though like many here I felt like I did

Dec 8, 2021, 9:28 AM

Always good for a laugh in the Jounge.

RIP Brother. I know you're still wearing orange.

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