Bruce left this Earthly life on Sunday, May 26, 2019, after a long battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He left peacefully surrounded by friends and family.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St., Watertown at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Ken Stolar officiating.
Family and friends may gather at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Another celebration will be held at a later date.
Bruce Fred Riddiough was born March 2, 1950, in Waukesha, son of Leo and Barbara (nee Woefel) Riddiough. He married Lilly on June 12, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nancy Riddiough and Donna Riddiough.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Lilly; stepsons, Noah and Anthony; stepgrandson, Christopher; brother, Gordon Riddiough; niece, Lisa Riddiough; his life long best friend Rick Harris as well as other relatives and many, many dear friends.
Bruce will always be remembered for many things. His infectious laugh, his kind heart, his loyal friendship and his ability to love everyone he met. Bruce always saw the good in people and loved unconditionally.
He had a great work ethic and carried that into all he did, including construction, painting and music. He was good at everything, but he was great at music. His guitar playing and song writing was the talent he used to form countless friendships.
Bruce was born to play the guitar. It flowed from him, effortless and soulful. He had the gift and nurtured that gift with heart and soul into every note he played. He was creative and unique in his art. He brought out the best in all the musicians he played with, and easily made the band step it up a notch.
Being original was his greatest passion. Never content to just play songs written by others, he wrote his first song in his first band at the ripe age of 12. (Thanks to Rick Harris for that info ) That is what really set Bruce apart from many. He loved the recording studio and inspired us all to become part of the dream.
Bruce spent his formative years in Waukesha but his music took him all through the U.S. and Europe. His expertise can be heard on many albums and recordings, some of which have garnered national and international attention. (i.e. Woodbine, Bill Camplin, Rio Grande, The Ratz and Blind Date.) He felt at home in every genre of music and was able to incorporate them all into his playing.
When people love you they tend to give you a nick name. Bruce had many, proof of how people responded to him. Here a just a few that I know of: Boogie, Boofer, Brewster, Arnie Badde and Huggie Bear.
When love is real, it should flow effortless and naturally.
That was Bruce.
Bruce was Love.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service
611 E. Main St., Watertown