Bruce Calvert

Bruce Calvert 72, of Wakefield passed away unexpectedly Tuesday January 26th at South County Hospital. He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on June 21, 1943 to Fred & Florence Calvert. He graduated from Tolman High School in 1962 where he was the captain of the swim team and considered one of the finest breaststrokers. As a competitive swimmer, he was named to the All-State Team in 1962. He went on to graduate from Florida State University in 1966 with a degree in Recreation Management. Bruce will be remembered for his outstanding accomplishments as a swimming teacher and coach for over 40 years at Cumberland High School. His teams won eight State Championships, two New England Championships, two Brown Interscholastic Championships, nine Division A titles, six Max Read Memorial Championships as well as many others too numerous to mention. This impressive record was compiled during a period where Bruce coached Cumberland High School to 67 consecutive dual meet victories. His swimmers have won many individual swimming awards and 90 have received All-State recognition by the Providence Journal. Five of his swimmers, Colleen McGarry, Jim Wall, Steve McCafferty, Kurt Langborg and Jay Peluso were All-American. His teams have also dominated the annual high school Relay Carnivals. Over the years Bruce coached the Cumberland High team to a 220-51 won-lost record. Along with his position as a swimming coach, Bruce was the Aquatic Director for Cumberland High School and taught many youngsters to swim and improve their performances in the water. He also taught annual advanced lifesaving courses and safety courses during the summer programs at school. Bruce served as President of the Rhode Island and New England Swim Coaches Associations and was a member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Swimming Officials Association. Bruce was inducted to the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame on May 1, 1987, one of his most cherished accomplishments. Bruce is survived by his wife Lynn, his sister Beverly Winters, brothers-in-law Ed Winters and Tony Loureiro, niece's Robin Klang and Lindsay Summerford, nephew Mark Winters, sister-in-law Donna Loureiro and mother-in-law Virginia Grosvenor. Visitation hours to which family and friends are invited to attend will be held on Sunday from 2:00-6:00pm. Funeral Services and Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bruce Calvert Scholarship Fund. Checks should be payable to Cumberland High School C/O Bruce Calvert Scholarship Fund 2600 Mendon Road Cumberland, RI 02864.

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ron noble - 01/28/2016

Bruce will be missed, he always lit up the
teachers room at CHS whenever he entered the

Susan Hogan - 01/28/2016

I will miss seeing Bruce at the farm. He always seemed to enjoy taking care of Mirage's paddock. So sorry for your loss.

Kerri Stallwood Rossi - 01/28/2016

Our deepest sympathy to Lynn and Bruce's family. I have known Bruce since I was a child roaming around Snug Harbor with his niece Robin while I visited my grandparents. I was reintroduced to Bruce after many years of not seeing each other when my daughter, Jill, started swimming for the Cumberland High School swim team. Bruce made such an impact on all the kids he coached. He will be missed.

Matt Gilson - 01/29/2016


Ann and Ed Grossman - 01/29/2016

So sad, we will miss our meetings at DD and Stop and Shop. may your fond memories sustain you.

Earlene Mara - 01/29/2016

My deepest sympathies to Bruce's family. I have known him since he joined the CHS faculty and have many fond memories of him.

Phil Wrightt - 01/29/2016

Until we meet again my friend.

Marc Bonnet-Eymard - 01/29/2016

Thank you for sharing Bruce with all of us (swimmers and beyond) for so many years. He was a father/a brother/a friend/a leader/a mentor and A COACH! to me and and certainly many. He left us too soon, but also left behind his spirit and influence in all of us that he touched. My fondest memories are when Jay Peluso, my twin brother and I would skip study hall to hang out with Bruce down at his office. It was a place of great comfort and motivation for the 3 of us. It was our home away from home with him. Again, thank you for sharing him with us. My deepest sympathies to you Lynn, and all your family.

Dolores Baker - 01/29/2016

My condolences to Mr.Calvert's family and friends. "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous."(Acts 24:15) My prayers are with you that the resurrection hope will also be yours and will bring you comfort and peace. May wonderful memories also fill your hearts with smiles and ease your sorrow.

Fred and Doris Kanakry - 01/29/2016

Bruce was like a brother. We spent many days over the years working on our Tolman Reunion tasks and acting as Co- m-c at the reunions. Will miss you dearly. Our deepest condolenses to Lynn and his whole family

Judy Thomson - 01/29/2016

So very sad, my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed, but fondly remember for being such a wonder human being.

Charlene and Ron Molis - 01/29/2016

Bruce's excellence and dedication as a swimmer as well a coach were qualities always reflected throughout his life,
in and out of the pool. No words can express how much Bruce will be missed especially at our annual 4th of July party.

Shirley and Jim Cadden - 01/29/2016

Bruce had a great influence on the youth when he was Swim Director at the Cumberland -Lincoln Boys Club.Our thoughts are with you.

Lynne Furtado (Thomson) - 01/29/2016

My condolences go out to Lynn and Bruce's family. The community lost an incredible man. I swam for Bruce from 1998-2002; he was such a huge part of my life and shaped me to be the person I am today.
He pushed me to do things I didn't think I could do and made me believe in myself. I might not have been a 1st place swimmer, but he celebrated with me after every race I finished and knew when I hit a PR. He was an amazing mentor during 4 of the most influential years of my life and I will never lose the tools that his coaching taught me. I know so many of the people he coached/taught in the community feel the same way. You hold a very special place in my heart, Bruce. Thank you.

Tom McDade - 01/29/2016

Always an inspiration my Tolman swim team days - Rest in Peach

JOE BUBAN - 01/29/2016


Tom DeCotis - 01/29/2016

Bruce, I still have the image of the sign you taped to the pool area wall that read "Go Hard or Go Home," and it always comes to mind during life's rough patches. And, now that I think of it, I don't believe I ever said "Thank You," at least not properly anyway. So, many heartfelt thanks for what you taught us both in and out of the pool, Bruce. You prepared us well, so rest easy.

Jane Shaw - 01/29/2016

A great man who will be greatly missed. Thank you Bruce for all you did for the kids you taught to swim, but more for the mentoring and support you gave them. You made them into responsible young people, that showed in their character.

Michael Gray - 01/29/2016

RIP Bruce

Mary Ellen Grimes - 01/29/2016

My Father was very selective with whom he shared his thoughts and humor. Bruce was one of those select few. My Dad had a particularly old pair of sandals he wore for most of the 70's and into the 80's. One day while sitting in the stands at "the pool" my Dad's sandals in full view on the bench in front of us, Bruce came over and had a short conversation with my Dad. As they finished with their chat, Bruce leaned in and without missing a beat asked my Dad had Jesus Christ once owned those sandals? I still laugh when I think of the roar that exploded from these two men. Enjoy the company you are now with Bruce.

Debbie Peach - 01/29/2016

Bruce will be greatly missed by the Aquatic community. It was always a pleasure to work his meets, watching him work w/ his swimmers. A great man and coach. May his legacy live on in all those he influenced.

Susan myette - 01/29/2016

I will miss seeing Bruce during his workouts at the South County YMCA. Bruce was an ikon in the fitness center and will not be forgotten. We'll all miss you, Bruce. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Bruce's friends and family. Rest in Peace, Bruce

Chris McGinn - 01/29/2016

Bruce mentored each young person in his charge to be a winner, not only in the pool, but in life. He encouraged his peers to be people of conviction. Most of all, he made the world a better place.
My sympathy to Lynn and Bruce's family.

Dave Oulighan - 01/29/2016

I swam for Bruce at CHS for 4 years, culminating in a New England Championship in 1973. He was a terrific coach and an even better mentor and friend. He was the real deal.

Greg Amedee - 01/29/2016

You will be missed by all, I will remember the days you were an assistant coach of the Seekonk Dolphins. May your family and friends be comforted by Gods peace that passes all understanding.

Richard Brakenwagen - 01/29/2016

Bruce and I were classmates in High School. Since those days, we have witnessed Bruce make contributions to the well being of young people through his coaching and mentoring of those who have been part of his swim programs here in Rhode Island. "It's all about the kids," he told me recently, as we renewed our friendship over the last few years, working out together at the Wakefield YMCA. I will miss him for sure!

Linda and Glenn Browning - 01/29/2016

Bruce was a good friend and colleague whose dedication to swim excellence was a great influence on our son.

Mary Beth Wilk - 01/29/2016

Bruce taught me to swim at three years old. And at 33 and three babies later he told me my breaststroke still looked good while down at the beach. I still do his workouts, 12345678, in IM order. He built up our confidence making us tread water with bricks, hold our breath over 25 yards, swim with buckets, rollies up the bridge... I am a tougher woman because of Bruce Calvert! I will miss seeing you again, Bruce!

Carlos Pereira - 01/29/2016

My deepest sympathy to the Bruce's family. He will be greatly missed.

Donna & Glenn - 01/29/2016

Deepest sympathies to the entire family on the loss of Bruce.

Walter & Lily Fontaine - 01/30/2016

Major member of he wall gang. We will miss our very good friend

Emily McHugh Mitchell - 01/30/2016

Bruce, you taught me how to work hard or go home, and your sayings still run through my head at almost every practice I do - in fact, swimming on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve still feels imperative. You celebrated each small improvement any of us made, and lent more support to me my senior year than you ever knew. Thank you Bruce, and thank you Lynn for sharing him! My deepest sympathies.

Doug Cote - 01/30/2016

Bruce, i will miss seeing you on the Narragansett wall in the summer. Thank you for the best coaching, the fun and your sense of humor. You made a big difference. My condolences to Lynn and your family.

Mike Scandura - 01/30/2016

In all my years as a sports writer for The Times, Bruce was arguably one of the most professional and thoughtful coaches I ever worked with - regardless of sport. Bruce was all about his swimmers and would go out of his way to help anyone. He was a tremendous help to me when I was with The Times and it goes without question that he will be sorely missed.

Pamela Sullivan - 01/30/2016

I just found out about Bruce's passing this morning while taking my walk along the seawall. To say the least, I was in shock. While driving there and making my u turn to park today, I always picture Bruce and his friend waving hi to me,(along with every car that went by), with their coffee in their hands, joking with me as I walked by. Sometimes, I would sometimes stop and talk. I will miss his "wave", and so will everyone else that walked or drove by him. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and family. With all that I have read about him is certainly a beautiful tribute to the type of wonderful person he was. Peace to you Bruce.

Ronald Gagne - 01/30/2016

Bruce you have never stopped being an inspiration to all of us who have known you ever since we sere classmates at Tolman. For over 40 years you drove up to Cumberland from Narragansett every day back and forth from one end of the state to the other and showed your true dedication to the young men and women who attended Cumberland High Aquatic Programs. During the summer when most people were going from Northern Rhode Island to go to the beaches in Narragansett Bruce was driving to Cumberland to teach Lifesaving, Safety, and swim classes, besides coaching his swim teams showed your dedication to the personal achievements and the safety of our all of the young men and women's futures who knew you. Bruce, you will be missed.

Scott Stallwood - 01/30/2016

Bruce will be sorely missed. His generosity with his time was second to none. During the summers, when he could have been doing almost anything else, he was holding 7am workouts at CHS that helped bring me an others to another level. Outside of swimming I enjoyed seeing him in Snug Harbor while at my grandparents or at the beach where he always took the time to talk and find out how you were doing and what was new in your life. My condolences to Lynn and the entire Calvert family.

Marianne Carria Klaczynski - 01/31/2016

Dear Lynn & family, My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I knew Bruce when he was the Aquatics Director at the CLBC in the 1970's. May you find comfort in all your wonderful memories.

Paul Gelinas - 01/31/2016

Condolences to Bruce's family and friends. I just learned of his passing from a Tolman classmate. While in college, Bruce was instrumental in getting me a job as an usher at the old auditorium in Providence, so that I could watch Rhode Island Reds hockey games. This was a contributing factor to what is now my fun job in retirement.Over the past decade , I have been an off-ice official(Goal Judge etc.) in the East Coast Hockey League. Bruce will be missed....

bettyann rodrigues - 01/31/2016

You were the best swimming team teacher i ever had at Cumberland High School and teach me so much even in the Diving-Broad with Dan and Dean Eishammer.. i will never forget... SWIMMING WAS MY LIFE.. you will be miss

Marc Richard - 01/31/2016

Bruce- you were an integral part of all of our lives. You were critical to our development as swimmers and more importantly, as people. I have so many fond memories including rollies on the Mendon Road overpass hearing you tell us to Go Hard or Go Home. You made us tough enough that even the lack of a pool heater wouldn't disrupt our swim season. Your lessons served us well in the pool and in life. We are all better because of our time with you! You will be missed!

Elizabeth "Betty"(Brown) Graham - 01/31/2016

Please accept our deepest sympathy, Lynn and extend to your Bruce's entire family. Bruce always lightened up with his sense of humor our 50th Tolman Sr.HS Reunion & committee meetings. Bruce was co emcee with Fred K. at our 50th. During 50th THS trivia, Bruce asked, "Name our three classmates who have been in the same classrooms or homerooms Kindergarten (J.C.Potter) - 12th Grd.Tolman H.S." Bruce was the only classmate who knew of the three. They were Bruce himself, Joe B. and I! We were the three classmates together in the same classrooms K-12th! Amusing, not amazing; Bruce was amazing! Bruce's lifetime achievements, especially in acquatics, his individual achievements, coaching, mentoring youth to aspire to achieve their goals,even Olympic greatness. Yet,socially, Bruce was humble about his talents, expertise. Bruce was a super easy going good person to be with. I'm so grateful to have been with you both, Lynn, at Ron & Charlene's 4th July'15 party. He certainly will be greatly missed, but always remembered in my heart.

Ray Keough - 01/31/2016

Bruce was a coach devoted to improving the swimming abilities of all of his swimmers. Because of his dedication to the sport and his CHS team, he appreciated the dedication which his swimmers gave back. More than swimming, Bruce instilled life long lessons to those he coached, some not realized at the time but always known in hindsight. I always enjoyed chatting with Bruce and will be forever indebted for what he did for my son.

Dick Vincent - 01/31/2016

Bruce was one of the top coaches in competitive Age Group & Interscholastic Swimming.
Dick Vincent..retired swim official

Jerry & Carol LaMontagne - 02/01/2016

Farewell to our departed "MA-TA-JEUN",We''ll miss you Bruce.

Linda & Gerry Hare - 02/01/2016

We send our love, Lynn, and hope all the wonderful memories will support you through this very tough time.

Jim Tumber - 02/01/2016

I came to CHS with a semi-paralyzed left arm, the result of multiple surgeries under my left arm for a lymphatic birth defect. I was in constant pain, and all alone in s new school. I decided swimming was going to be my remedy, and I approached Bruce to use the pool after swim practice. Every day for two years I would drive back to school to swim my two, then my four, then my eight laps. Two years later I was swimming 18 laps - ΒΌ mile - a day. After CHS I continued swimming, eventually swimming 1 mile a day in 27 minutes, which I do most days of the week. It has been 38 years since my fateful meeting with Bruce, and literally a day doesn't go by without my thinking of him. He was so kind and supportive and encouraging. I am just so saddened that he has passed before I could tell him this myself. I hope in sharing this that Lynn receives the message and somehow finds comfort in it. I am so sorry for our loss.

Jessica and Dunkin Donuts Crew - 02/01/2016

Bruce was our first customer every morning!! He was very kind and funny ! He will be greatly missed at the Pier Dunkin. I will be buying sugar in the raw in memory of Bruce :)

John Jasionowski - 02/02/2016

I worked with Bruce for over 25 years as the Tennis Coach At CHS and I would always get some of his great swimmers to come out for tennis,he always had a smile and a joke to tell,he will be missed

Susan Pace - 02/02/2016

Dear Lynn and Family.
So sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Can't think of a more dedicated teacher and coach to my daughters as they grew up. We used to line up with our lawn chairs and coffee 2 hours before the doors opened just to sign up for summer swim lessons. Bruce was dedicated to making sure all children could swim, not just the gifted swimmers he coached on swim team. All of my daughters are good swimmers as a result of his training. He made classes fun with his bungiecord boogie board rides at the end of class. Kaitlin and Megan were fortunate to be swimmers on his team and he encouraged all who worked hard. What a legacy he has left for Cumberland High. Rich and I always enjoyed our conversations with him while waiting for the girls. He will be missed. I hope you can take some comfort from knowing how many people liked and respected him. You are in my prayers.

Nikki Pontbriand - 02/13/2016

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Calvert was an amazing swim teacher during my high school years and helped me learn how to perfect swim strokes during those winter sessions. He will truly be missed but always remembered.

Cliff Ellston - 02/14/2016

My condolences to coach's family. Besides being a fantastic coach he was a tremendous person. The influence he had on my life would fill volumes. He will be remembered always.

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