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Stratford Economic Developer Bruce Alessie Mourned

J. Bruce Alessie spent more than a dozen years working for Stratford.

J. Bruce Alessie, a long-time civil servant for the town of Stratford, passed away on Thursday. For more than a dozen years he was the special projects coordinator for the town's .

"Bruce Alessie was one of a kind. His service to his town, his church and his community was profound and heart-felt," said Mayor John Harkins in a statement. "My deepest condolences go out to his wife Jane, and his family. He will be forever missed."  

According to Alessie’s LinkedIn page, he was a 1962 graduate from the University of Dayton and a commercial realtor from 1989 up until 2000.

Alessie's Office of Economic Development worked to attract new business to town -- while also helping retain or expand existing business. According to the town website, the office "provides support and assistance to businesses and developers through the permitting process" and "compiles and maintains statistical data."

Editor's note: The original publication date of this article (Jan. 6) has been changed to accommodate layout preferences.

Teresa Gilbey January 08, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Bruce was a funny.warm,wonderful human being. He will be missed.My thoughts and prayers go out to Jane and his family. I had the pleasure of knowing the family for a long time. Rest in peace Bruce. Terry Jackson
Vincent Faggella January 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I have known Bruce for many years. Most recently, I worked with Bruce while I was a volunteer member of Stratford’s Economic Development Commission. I considered him a friend and an invaluable asset to the Commission. I cannot imagine Stratford without Bruce Alessie. He was a true advocate for economic development. He worked hard to improve the business climate and attract new business to the town. He was caring, helpful and a true gentleman in his dealings with people and he had the best interests of the town at heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Bruce’s wife and family. Vin Faggella
TM January 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. Bruce will be missed but never forgotten. TM
Jason Bagley January 10, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I had only spoke with Bruce twice, both times over the phone. But he was more than willing to help me out and there was an excitement in his voice when he spoke about attracting businesses to Stratford. I remember him telling me this is crucial time for the town with many big projects in the works. I'm sad I did not have the chance to get to know him better. My thoughts are with his family and dear friends.
Gerard Speno March 04, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Bruce was a good man who had a energetic mind. I had meet him sometime ago and early on recognized he was the right guy with good ideas but more importantly he would seek to recognize your good idea.

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