Bruce Francis Rittlinger
February 18, 1949 - March 2, 2023
Bruce Francis Rittlinger, 74, of Enfield, CT, passed away March 2, 2023 at Baystate
Medical Center in Springfield, MA. He was born in Rockville, CT on February 18th, 1949
to Francis and Theresa (Ignatowicz) Rittlinger, the first of six children. A 1967 graduate
of East Windsor High School, Bruce served four years in the United States Navy
primarily aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Dewey during the Vietnam War and Cold War era.
He worked 50 years in the HVAC and mechanical contracting business primarily in
northern Connecticut, with the final years devoted to mentorships for colleagues. He is
remembered for his unique wit and a gift for storytelling, notably from his experiences
camping, fishing, hunting and pitching horseshoes. He leaves sons David and wife
Natalie of Wake Forest, NC and Mark of Gales Ferry, CT; stepsons Marc Miller of
Enfield, CT and Jeremy Miller of Santa Clara, CA; stepdaughter Shannon Warren of
Salem, CT; brother Daniel and wife Patti of Monson, MA; sisters Sandra Proctor and
husband Robert of Coventry, CT, Kathleen Ritter and husband Michael of Henderson,
NV and Cheryl Meredith of Coventry, CT. He also leaves three grandchildren Madison,
Adam and Troy and their mother Amy of South Windsor, CT; and former spouse and
mother of David and Mark, Carolyn Moore of Bailey, NC. He is predeceased by his father
Francis John Rittlinger (2010), mother Theresa (Ignatowicz) Rittlinger (1985) and
brother Mark David Rittlinger (2020).
Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family for light food and refreshments from
5:30 to 8:30 p.m, Thursday, May 4th, 2023 at the American Legion Post #80, 566
Enfield Street, Enfield, CT for “A Gathering in Celebration of the Life of Bruce Francis
Rittlinger". Bring a smile and story. Bruce would have appreciated it.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the American Legion.