Bruce Conner has passed away. The Northeast Philadelphia History Network, of which Bruce played a leading role, released the following statement a few minutes ago: Bruce Conner passed on about 8pm, Wednesday, March 9 at Abington Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident in his van two weeks ago in Jenkintown. Words cannot express the sense of sorrow at the loss of a brave and humble friend and colleague. Now is the time for true reflection on the power of the human spirit as manifested by Bruce in this life. It was a joy and an honor to know him and to journey a while with him.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Bruce’s mother Kathleen, his sisters Susan and Nancy, his brothers David and Allan, and his nieces and nephews.” In place of the NEPHN’s regular monthly meeting, a tribute to Bruce will be held Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Pennepack Baptist Church will hold the event — a regular meeting that will be dedicated to Bruce: Wednesday’s meeting will be structured like other NEPHN meetings. In this case, the topic for discussion will be Bruce’s impact on the Network and how we can maintain that invigorating spirit. Bruce’s circumstances were different from the mainstream and yet he navigated the mainstream (and many difficult and murky tributaries) with surprising ease. His family and friends have been invited to participate in this opportunity to honor and understand his unique gift and to help us continue without his input and guidance.”