Bruce Edward Barth, age 68, went to heaven on June 17, 2021, in Baton Rouge, LA.
Bruce was born on June 9, 1953, in Baltimore, Maryland to Joseph and Mary Barth. He graduated from Georgia Tech as a chemical engineer. Bruce was married to the love of his life, Mary, for 40 years. They met on a ski trip in Pennsylvania and shared all of life’s adventures together. Together they raised three children, Greg, Julie, and Sam. Julie was the first female-born Barth in four generations and held a very special place in Bruce’s heart. He always took care of his little girl. After walking his daughter down the aisle, Bruce welcomed his son-in-law, Michael, to the family and couldn’t be prouder. He was the proudest Paw Paw to his two grandchildren, Ethan, and Savannah. They were truly the lights of his life and brought him so much joy. You could often find Bruce leading the pack on one of his famous “Bigfoot Hunt’s”.
Bruce was a gentle soul. Nothing ruffled his feathers, and he was always present to those he loved. Bruce welcomed anyone to the table who wanted to talk. He never met a stranger. No matter what kind of day you were having Bruce had a way about him that was calming and helped you to enjoy the moment.
Over his years of work and travel, Bruce was able to live in and experience many wonderful cities from Baltimore to Atlanta, San Francisco to Anchorage, and finally Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Over the past thirty-two years in Baton Rouge, Bruce became a proud Southerner but stayed true to his Maryland roots. He always kept Old Bay in the pantry next to the Tony Chachere's. Bruce was an avid fisherman and proudly supported all his favorite sports teams. Bruce always wore his purple and gold attire on Saturdays, black and gold on Sundays, and a sports logo every other day of the week. He held Tulane season tickets with his son-in-law, and you could occasionally catch him in an Auburn hat to support his daughter’s alma mater.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Joseph Barth and his youngest son, Sam. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Greg; daughter, Julie; son-in-law, Michael; two grandchildren, Ethan and Savannah; his three brothers, Joe, Brad, and Jeff, and their spouses; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is now resting peacefully with Our Lord, and he’s finally reunited with his youngest son, Sam.
A visitation service will be held on Thursday, June 24 at Resthaven Gardens of Memory located at 11817 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge, LA from 12:30 – 2:30 P.M, immediately followed by a memorial service at the same location. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a cause Bruce’s family is passionate about.