Friends of Bruce Guerin gathered Sunday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway for a memorial to the pianist, who was an advertisement for being cheerful and staying active.
Nobody who knew Bruce ever remembered him being anything but upbeat. A few weeks ago, he was hauling concrete blocks to build a patio. Not bad for a man of 93, said his son Mark.
Bruce played piano professionally for more than 70 years.
His folks were in the movie business in Hollywood, which got Bruce roles in silent movies as a tot. He enlisted in the Army before Pearl Harbor and played in Hawaii for the USO Orchestra.
After the war, he played for top acts on the Mainland before moving to Hawaii in 1969. He played at the Hyatt for 12 years and at many other venues. Until a year ago, he was entertaining moviegoers before the Wednesday showings at the MACC.