Bruce Ludington, Army veteran

Bruce Ludington of Freedom, Pa., died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

He was born April 9, 1927 in Oswego, the son of the late Gertrude and Kirk Ludington. He attended Clarkson College of Technology. During his sophomore year, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany at the end of World War II.

He returned to his studies and graduated with a dual degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. He then went to work as a mechanical engineer for Alcoa in Massena, where he met and married Teresa Palmer of Massena. He transferred to Pittsburgh in 1961 when he joined the company’s Industrial Relations Department in a management role. He retired Feb. 1, 1993 after 41 years of service. He traveled extensively across the United States and around the world during his career.

As a young man, he was an accomplished trumpet player and formed a band that played in clubs in northern New York State. He was an avid reader with a strong interest in science, aviation and space exploration. He also enjoyed playing golf and bridge with his wife and friends. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church (North Hills).

He was the husband of nearly 58 years to Teresa; father of Bruce (Annette) of Idaho, Kirk (Lori) of Michigan, Leslie Deshaies (Mike) of Delaware, and Courtney Hetzler (Doug) of Mars, Pa; grandfather to 10 grandchildren, Brad, Nicole, Mike, Karl, Marisa, Kevin, Ryan, Cole, Cade, and Carsyn; one great-grandchild, Brayden; and several nephews and nieces.

He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Travis-Doull (Jerry) of Gloversville, N.Y. and sister-in-law, Eleanor Cole of Massena.

He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Ronald Cole, and sister-in-law Carmen Gagner.

A funeral service was held at the Christ Episcopal Church (North Hills), Pittsburgh.

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