ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bruce Baraw, 64 years old, born on June 21, 1956, and passed away on March 10, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Dee Baraw on April 10, 2021
Bruce and I met at an Osteogenesis Imperfecta Conference in CA in 1988. We hit it off and had our first date (went to the movies to see Who Framed Roger Rabbit). At that time he lived in Portsmouth, NH and I lived in CA. We kept in touch through letters and then (thankfully) e-mail.  March 1995, we planned to see each other in person again. Bruce had relocated to North Virginia, so I went there to visit since I had never been to Washington, DC. We both still felt romantic sparks, so I packed up and moved to VA that June. We were engaged in the Fall and got married March 9, 1996.
I am very thankful that I got to be his partner in life for 25 years!
I am going to miss you husband.

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Posted by Dee Baraw on April 10, 2021
Bruce and I met at an Osteogenesis Imperfecta Conference in CA in 1988. We hit it off and had our first date (went to the movies to see Who Framed Roger Rabbit). At that time he lived in Portsmouth, NH and I lived in CA. We kept in touch through letters and then (thankfully) e-mail.  March 1995, we planned to see each other in person again. Bruce had relocated to North Virginia, so I went there to visit since I had never been to Washington, DC. We both still felt romantic sparks, so I packed up and moved to VA that June. We were engaged in the Fall and got married March 9, 1996.
I am very thankful that I got to be his partner in life for 25 years!
I am going to miss you husband.
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     Bruce D Baraw was born June 21, 1956.  He was raised in North Troy, VT. Bruce was the youngest of five children.  
     Bruce was born with Osteogensis Imperfecta.  He used a wheelchair for mobility but did not let that stop him.  He was taught at home by a visiting teacher through Jr High, but was able to advocate for himself to attend high school in person and graduate with his peers.  
He attended New Hampshire College (Southern New Hampshire University). He lived on campus, joined the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity and graduated in May 1978 with his BS in Accounting.
     Bruce was hired out of college as a civilian employee of the Navy at the shipyard in Portsmouth, NH.  He continued to work for Naval Sea Systems command transferring to Alexandria, VA.  In 1997 he transferred to Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) in order to transfer to San Diego.  Bruce worked for the Navy for 37 years before retiring in 2014.
     Bruce and Dee were married March 9, 1996 and were able to celebrate 25 years of marriage (33 years of friendship)!  

Bruce passed away on March 10, 2021, just a day after celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, Dee.  Bruce passed from an intracranial hemorrhage.  His death was sudden and unexpected despite his slow decline in health and increase use of oxygen over the last few years.
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Shared by Michelle Duprey on May 9, 2021
I met Bruce nearly 40 years ago through the New England Osteogenesis Imperfecta Society where he and my dad became friends.  I was just a teen with OI and Bruce was 10 years my senior.  He was educated, working and trying to get his drivers license and a car.  Achieving normal things for someone that age, but not so normal for someone living with severe OI.  The impact on me to see those successes be normalized by Bruce, at a time when they were far from normal had a huge impact on me.  And me seeing those successes as achievable, at a time when the rest of the world did not, was invaluable.  It had a huge impact on me. I’m not sure if Bruce ever realized it.  I hope he did.

Many years later we were able to reconnect via the magic of Facebook and at an OI national conference.  We shared not only a bone disorder, but a similar quirky sense of humor and perspective on the world.  I enjoyed his commentary on my posts.  We often exchanged messages about birds, cartoons (particularly Looney Tunes) and Ben & Jerry’s.  On his last day with us, we exchanged messages about the serious world topic ofPepe Le Pew.  

I enjoyed the quiet but thoughtful way he moved about the world.  I’ll always remember the smiles he brought to my day via Facebook.  I’ll think of him every time I open a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.  His gifts were innumerable to so many.  Bruce’s gift to me was to show me how to blaze my own trail 40 years ago.   Thank you Bruce, for all of that and so much more.  You will be missed

Shared by Evelyn Bernard on May 7, 2021
I remember when my parents brought Bruce home from the hospital.  He was 5 weeks old if I remember correctly.  Both his legs were in traction because they  broken at birth.  My mom couldn't hold him to feed him.  She placed his crib in front of the TV to keep him occupied.  He was a sweet baby.  As kids, we all tried to entertain him and keep him busy.  And he absorbed everything we taught him.  My dad made sure he was always learning something..he devoted his life to Bruce.  My first husband had bought me a parakeet on a trip to Newport with my parents.  When he saw how Bruce loved the bird on the trip home, he asked me if I would mind if he let Bruce keep the bird.  I think that was Bruce's first love of birds. When our stepmother died in a car accident, he was 14..and she had been very protective of him.  I was newly divorced, so I moved in to help out my dad and Bruce in exchange for a home for myself and 3 kids.   I spent a lot of time with Bruce..not just caring for him but spending time with him.  He was not just my little brother.  He was a  friend as well.  I enjoyed his company.  I always looked up to him, though I was 7 years older.  He never complained about his life.  He was always optimistic and looking toward to the future.  I am so glad He and Dee found each other.  She truly made his life complete.  He was, and always will be, my hero.  And he will be missed by me for as long as I live.