Bruce Kraffert was an incredibly quiet, humble man who never wanted to ask anyone for help or inconvenience anyone. He was a very accommodating man who never raised his voice and never wanted to be a burden to anyone. It was said that no one could ever say anything bad about him, a very dedicated person whether it was work or family.
Bruce grew up on the East Side of Buffalo with his two brothers- Ken and the late Wayne "Duke, and Bruce was the youngest of the three. He was a great son who took care of his mother, Joyce, as she aged.
Bruce worked various odd jobs- primarily a dishwasher at Camp Road Diner. He liked routine- he woke up every day at 4 AM, even when he retired. He was a proud Vietnam Navy Veteran, who always wore his military hat everywhere he went.
He shared forty wonderful years with his life partner, Dorothy. The couple met when Bruce went to help Dorothy's dad with something at the house and ended up coming over a bunch, four times to help more or just spend time with them at their home. He was always there for Dorothy- he was her rock. The rest is history.
As far as hobbies, Bruce didn't have many; however, he did enjoy sitting with Dorothy while she did her crafts.
Bruce will be greatly missed by those he touched.
Kraffert, Bruce of Hamburg, NY passed October 12, 2021. Beloved lifetime friend of Dorothy LaCombe; devoted brother of Kenneth M. (Judith) Kraffert and the late Wayne “Duke” Kraffert; survived by many nephews and nieces; loving son of the late Richard and Joyce Kraffert. Bruce was a proud Vietnam Navy Veteran. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday 10/21 11 AM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to SPCA Serving Erie County. Online condolences and donations can be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
Below is a poem entitled, "Death Is Nothing At All" by Henry Scott-Holland - A poem to share to celebrate the memory of Bruce Kraffert:
"Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!"
To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Bruce Kraffert, please visit our Tree Store
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
Proudly Serving Hamburg & West Seneca NY and these surrounding communities: Mt. Vernon, Athol Springs, Wanakah, Woodlawn, Blasdell, Buffalo, Pinehurst, Lake View, North Evans, Creekside, North Boston, Orchard Park, Webster Corners, South Park, NY