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CHICAGO - Bruce Toole Jr. passed away unexpectedly February 24, 2014; he was born to Bruce Toole Sr. and Susan (Smith-Toole) Betts in Salem, Oregon on December 12, 1978.

Bruce never met a stranger; charismatic, genuine, and compassionate, he engaged in conversation with individuals from all walks of life, never to judge. His beautiful soul and spirit will be greatly missed by many and remembered by all who knew him.

Family completed Bruce; in September of 1998, he married the love of his life, Starr, at Cascade Park in Bangor, Maine. Soul mates by chance and choice.

Proud Dad to Maxx and Chazz, Bruce loved his sons and instilled in them the importance of family, the value of life lessons, and a great love of music; he is a part of them forever and the memories created remain.

Friend to many near and far, culinary genius, Red Sox fan extraordinaire, former student of Brewer High School and Johnson and Wales University, the loss of Bruce's life in this world leaves a void never to be filled.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Starr Melendez-Toole; sons Maxx and Chazz Toole; Mother Susan (Smith-Toole) Betts; Brother Jason Smith and wife Kara and their children Steven, Phillip, and Luke; Aunt Lorie Toole; Aunt Athena 'Sam' Joannidi; Mother-in-Law Linda LaJeunesse-Melendez; Sister-In-Law Lillian Fuller and husband Michael and their children Cara, Chloe, and Nevaeh; Brother-in-Law Corey Nelson and wife Zaneta and their children Nick, Natalie, and Isabelle; Brother-in-Law Jason Nelson; Brother-in-Law Jarrett Melendez; Forever friend Chris Bearce,and countless family and friends.

Bruce was predeceased by his father, Bruce Toole Sr.; Grandparents Allan and Ainslie Toole; Grandparents Clinton and Beatrice (Dalpe) Smith; Forever friends Darrin Pinette and Brian Ivey.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held for Bruce at Cascade Park in Bangor, Maine on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 4-6pm.

'But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing's changed at all.'
Published on  July 26, 2014
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