Bruce Combs, 76, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2015 at Morningside of Williamsburg, after a long struggle with emphysema. Bruce was born in Portland, Oregon to Arthur and Winnifred Combs, and he spent his childhood in McMinnville, Oregon. He earned his B.A, M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Oregon. Specializing in Medieval Literature, he taught for many years at Howard University in Washington DC and at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. After retiring from teaching, Bruce spent nine years living in Holland and the remainder of his life in Williamsburg, Virginia.
In 1998, Bruce took up painting, and he spent the following 17 years devoted to art in its many forms. His paintings grace the homes of many family members and friends. Bruce was also an avid supporter of animal rights, environmental causes, and Democratic politics.
Bruce was predeceased by his sister Doris, of Oakland, California.
He is survived by a close circle of family and loved ones in Williamsburg Virginia that includes, his wife, Nancy, his son, Robbie, Eric Kades, and Theodore Kades. He is also survived by his beloved brother, Norman, his sister-in-law, Ethel, both of Aurora, Oregon, his nephew, Brian, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and his niece, Dylan, of Portland, Oregon.
A memorial service for Bruce will be held on Saturday, September 5th at 3 p.m. at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bruceís memory to Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or the National Audubon Society.