He and his wife, Carla, moved to Thompson Falls in 1993, where he was a feared bowling competitor, woodworker and outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. Their home was on the road up Eddy Peak. The couple moved to Oregon in 2011 for another major adventure.
He was born in Camden, N.J. Feb. 26, 1951, to Charles and Angelina (Gambino) James who preceded him in death.
He was graduated from Merchantville High School in New Jersey, and then completed a four-year carpentry apprentice program. He worked as a carpenter in commercial construction for more than 35 years. He and his wife owned their own woodworking business while living in Thompson Falls, Round Mountain Woodworks.
He is survived by his wife, Carla; son Ryan James (Anna); stepsons, Robert Smith (Phoebe), Ryan Smith (Anita Conard) and Eric Smith; brother, Stephen James (Susan); sisters, Charlene James (John Glover) and Angela Ciarrocki (Leo Custer); grandchildren, Marissa and Christopher James and Smith; step-grandchildren, Austin, Hunter, Aidan, Feilyn, Kaitlyn, Kyra, Makayla, Brianna, Jacob and Jackson.
A celebration of Bruce’s life was held February 28 in Roseburg, Ore.