BANGOR — Bruce Elliot Hertz, 78, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, surrounded by his loving and devoted children.

Bruce entered life’s stage Sept. 6, 1943, in Philadelphia. He spent his childhood in Freehold, N.J., with parents Norman and Mollie and his younger brothers, Richard and Robert. He graduated from Freehold High School in 1961 and maintained close and meaningful relationships with many of his high school chums until his passing.

Bruce attended Colby College, where he studied political science. He also found his love for the theater while at college, a passion that would stay with him his entire life.

After graduating from Colby in 1965, Bruce spent three years in the Army Intelligence Service and then began his career in journalism, a journey that lasted 34 years. Bruce was most notably the bureau chief for the Bangor Daily News in Skowhegan for many years. He also served as a commissioner of the Maine State Museum for seven years in his retirement.

Bruce’s involvement in theater led him to act in many local theater groups, including the Cornville Players. This led Bruce and his fellow thespians to purchase Lakewood Theater in Madison, where he acted, directed and produced over 50 shows. After Lakewood, he continued to act and direct at the Gaslight Theater in Hallowell. Bruce’s last acting role was with Belfast Maskers in the summer of 2020.

Bruce loved traveling, attending Broadway shows, going to restaurants, shopping, watching movies, gardening and watching the birds at his feeder. He was a voracious reader of plays, mysteries and  political and historical works. His intelligence and charm drew people to him wherever he went.

He will be missed greatly by those who loved him. There will be no formal service for Bruce. Friends and family are encouraged to celebrate his life by picking up a good book, reading the newspaper, supporting local theater, sharing a delicious meal with loved ones and giving Bruce a final round of applause.

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