Acheson, Bruce J.

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Bruce J. Acheson, 78, of Orangeburg, New York passed away on May 19, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and COVID.

Bruce was born on November 7, 1941 in the Bronx to Thomas and Anna Acheson. Bruce was baptized at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Yonkers on December 7, 1941, where he also attended grade school. He graduated from Mount St. Michael High School in the Bronx in 1959. He attended Iona College and was a track athlete at Iona. Bruce Graduated from Iona in 1964 and went on to serve as an officer in the Marine Corps from 1964 until 1968, attaining the rank of Captain. He married Helen Acheson (McLaughlin) on December 26, 1964.

After the Marine Corps, Bruce lived in New Jersey before moving to Orangeburg with his family in 1973. Bruce raised four sons in Orangeburg and spent many weeknights and weekends at local baseball fields, soccer fields, and hockey rinks watching his kids play sports. His favorite activity was working in his yard. He thrived on any activity that involved a chain saw, leaf blower, or lawn mower and if he could come up with a job that involved moving heavy rocks or stuff with an overflowing wheelbarrow, even better.
In his professional career, Bruce joined Union Carbide after the Marine Corps and worked there from 1967 until 1983. He then went to work for Digital Equipment Corporation when he left in 1989 to open a textile business, Dutchess Fashions. In 1996, he left Dutchess Fashions and finished his career at Capital Factors.

Bruce is survived by his wife Helen (nee McLaughlin); his four sons: Michael, Dennis and his wife Kristen, Patrick and his wife Kimberly, Jimmy and his girlfriend Tara; three siblings: Thomas (Carol), Anne Young, and Ronald (Alexis); eight grandchildren: Joseph, Meghan, Mark, Riley, Erin, Sean, Shane, and Olivia; and one soon to be great granddaughter. His is predeceased by his parents; his brothers in law, Robert Young and Robert McLaughlin; and his daughter Margaret Theresa.

In lieu of flowers and if you wish to make donations on his behalf, please do so to Feeding America, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Due to the pandemic, he will be laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York in a private burial. A memorial mass and celebration will be held in the future.