Bench Dedicated in Memory of Bruce Clouse
By David Keeler
Friends, family members and co-workers of the late Bruce Clouse gathered for a brief ceremony yesterday morning in the Wyalusing Valley High School lobby, where a bench was placed in memory of Bruce.
Clouse, 51, died in July of 2010 as a result of injuries he suffered in a job-related accident. He was a member of the Wyalusing Area School District Maintenance staff.
The white oak bench created in Bruce’s memory was constructed by Wyalusing Township resident Kevin Godshall, a family friend.
A plaque placed on the bench states: “This bench is a memorial to Bruce Allen Clouse, 5/4/59-7/6/10, dedicated employee of the Wyalusing Area School District. Donated by WAESPA (Wyalusing Area Educational Support Personnel Association).
During a brief dedication ceremony, District Superintendent Ray Fleming commended those who had worked to create the memorial to Clouse. “It’s a very nice addition to this lobby,” Fleming said.
Fleming said the plaque on the bench accurately described Bruce as a dedicated, loyal school district employee. “He put his heart and soul into what went on here,” Fleming said.
He went on to say that Clouse took a personal interest in the operation of the school’s new biomass heating plant. “He took that kind of attitude in almost everything he did,” Fleming said.
“We will continue to miss him,” he added. “That bench will be a reminder of him forever. It will be a lasting memory of Bruce. Those of us who knew him are never going to forget him. He was that kind of a guy.”
Irene Oliver and Wyatt Furman organized the effort to create the memorial to their late friend and co-worker.