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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.

George E. Mulligan January 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Bruce was a good man.
Ralph Grasso January 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
He always greeting me with a smile and a warm welcome. I will miss you Bruce.
Robyn Greenspan January 06, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I had the honor of serving alongside Bruce while on the Economic Development Commission and he was always generous with his time and knowledge. His commitment to the Town was evident in everything he did. Bruce didn't politicize, and he always seemed to operate with authenticity. I'll miss him on many levels.
Walt January 07, 2012 at 12:59 AM
There's a plume of black smoke rising, the pope has passed. Bruce was a great guy, quick with a joke, honest, hardworking and a real asset to the town.
Neil Sherman January 07, 2012 at 03:09 AM
It’s terribly hard to think about Stratford without Bruce. It’s even harder to think about my volunteer efforts here in the community without his good humor, insight and his support. I’ve been working with Bruce for five years; spoke to him daily — he knew everyone and he was on top of every economic and community development issue here in town. But it didn’t stop there. Bruce cared. And he worked. And he was unique. And he saw life as a challenge to be met with energy and laughter." I’m proud to say what a deep friend he had become and how I feel for Jane and his family and for his grandchildren, whom he talked about with such pride. Stratford will miss him – as I will. Neil Sherman, Chair, Economic Development Commission
Kimberly Meuse. January 07, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Bruce Alessie took time out of his day to give me some insight into the town's economic development issues when I was running for office two years ago. He was always so generous with his time and took great pleasure in the work he did for this town. I am honored to have known him and worked with him.
max January 07, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Bruce was Stratford. I too had the honor of working with him over the years and found Bruce always to be most informative, available with his time and truly committed to making the town a better place for businesses and residents. He will be missed.
Anthony Karge January 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
http://stratford.patch.com/articles/obituary-for-j-bruce-alessie-economic-developer Here is Bruce's obituary. Thank you for all the great comments.
Dave Fuller January 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce's family and friends. He was a public servant in the truest sense and his contributions to revitalizing our economy here with be shared by many generations ahead of him. Bruce will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Jason Santi January 07, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I had the pleasure of working with Bruce over the last 5 years, while serving on the Economic Development Commission, and, then again as Councilman. We worked together on several things such as Exit 33, talking about brownfield redevelopment potential for various sites around town, the Barnum Ave Streetscape, and many other items. Bruce was very involved with the business community. Bruce was synonymous with economic development. His passing, is, and will be a great loss to this town for years to come. It will be hard for anyone to follow in his footsteps. Stratford has lost one of its most knowledgeable and most dedicated citizens. May God bless Bruce's family and peace be with Bruce. Jason Santi.
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 (Editor) 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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