Bruce P. Machold

Bruce P. Machold, 75, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Ballston Spa, NY. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 25, 1942, Bruce was the son of Kenneth and Ruth Machold. As a young man Bruce moved to Utica, graduating from New Hartford High School and Mohawk Valley Community College.

Bruce was a service representative for IBM for 33 years. After his retirement, he moved to South Carolina, before finally settling in Round Lake. He enjoyed boating and camping with his family and friends. Photography was also a hobby he enjoyed. Bruce was a former Fire Chief with the Clark Mills Fire Department, and his boat, the B’Merri, was his pride and joy. He founded the “Hi Bruce Club” of the 1000 Islands as nobody was ever a stranger and soon a friend.

He was predeceased by his sister Judy Machold. Bruce is survived by his wife Mary, children Bonnie Jacobs (Jamie) of Whitesboro, Christopher Machold of Deerfield, and Kelly Belouin (Bob) of Waterville; stepdaughter Jamye Potucek (Tom) of Rochester; grandchildren JT, Dylan, Connor, Michael, Emily, Nathaniel, Ryland, Shelby, Kayla, and Thomas; brother Jeffrey Machold (Linell) of Clinton; nieces Amanda and Sarah; Bruce is also survived by previous spouses Noreen Machold of Deansboro and Sharleen Machold of Clark Mills.

A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held at the Clark Mills American Legion on January 6, 2018 at 1pm. Come with an appetite and a story to share of Bruce, as we celebrate his life and all the goodness, kindness and love he so freely gave.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bruce to Bright Horizons C/O Nora Nichols, 1673 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065. He loved it there and they loved him.

Guest Book

Timothy M. O'Connor

Uncle Bruce will surely be missed. He was one of the kindest people you'd ever want to know. My brother and I had only limited time with him over the years but it was apparent where his heart was... with Aunt Mary. He was kind and gentle and loving to her. They shared many years together and although he's gone far too soon, they will surely meet again one day. Until then, I picture Bruce is back on his old boat with a warm breeze in his hair and a big smile on his face. We will all miss you Uncle Bruce. You were the best of men.

Bill Carney

A sweeter, more soft spoken guy has never crossed my path. Bruce was a talented, interesting man who loved his wife dearly, and seemed to orient his life around her. Bruce adored Mary, and his devotion to her seemed to define him. He will be in our thoughts and prayers. I’ll miss you Bruce......Love you.

Ganny Brow

I sure have dreaded the day of your death, even though I knew it was coming.....and even while I knew it would be a blessing.You have been my dear friend for over 35 years. I shall miss your humor, your warmth and your kindnesses. I shall miss your patience, your loyalty, and your bad jokes ( mostly about the ideal woman! ). And most of all, I shall miss your love and friendship. God speed Brucie

Bill Carney

Bruce was a talented and gracious brother in law, with whom I was never able to spend enough time due to living locations, and the incessant business of our world. The time we did share however was warm and friendly, leaving me now to regret somehow spending more time together, somehow. What most impressed me about Bruce was his unyielding devotion and unconditional love for my sister, his wife Mary. There was never any doubt about who was the most important person in the world to Bruce, of course, it was Mary. He was a very devoted husband, and he will be missed dearly.

Francis Carney Jr.

Bruce is probably having a laugh on my account because I spent the last two hours writing a long message about how much I love and cared about Bruce who was married to my sister Mary, and it did not save.

I mentioned the funny times like when I popped in for a quick visit as I was heading to the Adirondacks for a vacation, and Bruce had cut a large hole in the back exterior wall of the house to fit an entertainment stand that Bruce built which was too large to go through any window or door.

The most important note was what a loving and caring man Bruce always was to all, and especially my sister Mary.

As Bruce’s disease progressed, his sweetness and kindness never left. He would always ask my sister, “ Mary may I ?”, or “Is that ok Mary?”.

Bruce’s disease effects many people other ways, however Bruce was already a kind and a loving sweet man, and he remained a kind and loving man to the end.

Bruce will be forever missed by all who knew him, and I pray Bruce will look over and take care of my sister Mary from heaven.

Until we meet again Bruce, I love and will miss you dearly.

Thank you for being such a great friend to my Mom and Dad as well as Mary. You were always great company and a companion to Mom and Dad.

I love and will miss you until we meet again.

Patrick Carney

Bruce is my brother in law and a part of our lives the past 30 years. Easy going, even keeled, good hearted, unselfish and kind are words that come to mind when describing Bruce. He never said a bad word about anyone is an expression, but few people truly fit this description. Bruce did. Not a bad bone in his body. Never the loudest voice in the room, but something worth saying when he joined in. My lasting take away is the love and respect he showed his wife, my sister Mary. He was undemanding, understanding, thoughtful and appreciative. Many times Bruce made me wish I was as good a husband and man as he. He set an example to look up to. His last few years were difficult and he never complained. Rest in peace Bruce. We miss you already.

Mickey, Kelly and boys

Bruce you will be deeply missed by us and the kids. Remembering the times out on Valcour Island and when you were always up for an adventure going on a hike with Josh and Jake. The boys always looked up to you as an Uncle. Rest in peace good friend. We will miss you.
Mickey, Kelly, Josh and Jake

Albert & Elaine Nichols

Meeting Bruce for the first time at Wayne and Ganny's house was a treat. Very friendly and kind person. We enjoyed his stories, of IBM and his boating adventures. The world was a better place him in it. He will be missed.

Jody & Steve Brow

Bruce you will be truly missed by many. Words can not describe how many of us feel about you and your being gone will be a great loss. May you RIP and look down on all of us from up above

Randy Orr

If Brucee wasn't 4wheeling with us, ours and his good friends Wayne and Ganny Brow, would always make sure we stopped to call with a big HI Brucee. With that I say goodbye ole friend you will be missed by all

Julie Orr

I will always cherish the good times we had together and calling you from the trail to say "Hi Brucie" You were a kind and gentile man who loved to have fun. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Brucie.

Daniel Verna

Bruce will be missed by all of the IBM Family. I remember many years ago in the 70's and 80's working with Bruce at the Utica NY, Office Products Division. May you rest in peace. All the best to your family the many friends who shared in your life. God Bless!

Wayne Brow

We shared lots of good times, lots of memories together. Hard to believe you have passed. Ganny and I will miss you greatly!

Dan Peters

We’ll miss you Bruce. I cherish the memory of our camp outs.

Tina Taylor

We sure did love Bruce! A kind and considerate man, always worried about everyone he loved so very much. Be at peace now Bruce, you will always remain in my heart.