September 5 2019

Obituary: Beloved Family Woman and Longtime Burlington School Librarian Olive Bruce, 95


A beloved family woman, school librarian and former member of the Burlington Historical Society passed away last week. 


Olive A. Bruce, a librarian and Burlington resident for more than 56 years, died on August 29th at Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover. She was 95 years old.


According to her obituary she was born Olive Ann Bridge and she was raised in Wakefield. She graduated from Simmons College’s School of Library Sciences in 1946. After graduation, she worked in the Harvard Law School Library and in the Worcester Free Public Library as a cataloger.


She moved to Burlington in 1954 with her husband John L. Bruce (who passed away in 1978) and their two children. She lived in town until she moved to North Andover in 2010.


She had a long career in the Burlington School District. In 1958, she became the first school librarian in Burlington, establishing the high school library, and continued there for 16 years before moving to the Marshall Simonds Middle School library for nine years.


Olive was also active in the American Red Cross blood drive program and in the Burlington Historical Society.


One unique characteristic was that Olive never drove. Thus she was a familiar sight throughout Burlington as she did most of her errands on foot, stopping at friendly businesses along her way to discuss the latest Red Sox happenings. Although many folks offered her rides home, she preferred to walk, even in rain and snow. 


Click Here to read her full obituary from Sullivan Funeral Homes.


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