PLAINVILLE - Bruce Ralph Bumpus, 71, of Plainville passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was the loving husband of Roberta (Rowell) Bumpus for over 46 years.
Born December 17, 1947 in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Paul W., Sr. and Ruth E. (Skinner) Bumpus.
Bruce lived all his life in Attleboro Falls before moving to Plainville 42 years ago.
He was a 1966 graduate of North Attleboro High School and earned a certificate in Applied Electronics from Franklin Institute in Boston. He began his career at Hanson Engineering in North Attleboro and went on to work for Poly Tec-Electro Bond in Attleboro where he worked as an engineer for over fifty years designing, building and repairing semi-automatic high resistance welding machines.
Bruce was extremely active in Plainville town politics and with the town's cable access television channel. He filmed selectmen's meetings, town meetings and various other events in Plainville for close to 40 years and headed the cable television committee. He was also a member of the town Centennial Committee and organized the classic car show for the Plainville Lions Club annual Fall Festival.
He was chairman of Disaster Services for the American Red Cross Northern Bristol/Norfolk chapter in North Attleboro and a member of the South Attleboro Rescue Squad. Bruce also served as the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Plainville for over 5 years. He was also one of the founding members of Tri-boro REACT which was one of the charter members of the REACT organization and served to provide communications support for community events and public safety agencies prior to the age of public safety communications systems. Bruce also volunteered for the B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) at the Boston Marathon for over 25 years providing both medical and communications support.
Bruce was an avid train and fire-engine buff and an Amateur (Ham) Radio Operator and was a member of the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club. Bruce was also a longtime member of the Central Congregational Church in Attleboro Falls where he served on various boards and committees.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Scott P. Bumpus of West Sand Lake, NY; a grandson Zachary S. Bumpus; two brothers: Paul W. Bumpus, Jr. and wife Theresa of Ottawa Lake, Michigan and Gary M. Bumpus and wife Sheila of Attleboro; and two nieces: Karen L. Bumpus-Host of Plainville and Kendra L. Bumpus of Phoenix, Arizona.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, January 3 from 3-7 p.m. at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral service will be held at Central Congregational Church, 115 Commonwealth Avenue, Attleboro Falls on Friday, January 4 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at Plainville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Lion's Club International for eye research, 300 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523 or to the Central Congregational Church Memorial Gift Fund, 115 Commonwealth Avenue, Attleboro Falls, MA 02763.