Celebrant Profile – Bruce Eldridge
Our second Celebrant Profile features Bruce Eldridge, someone we have worked closely with over the last eleven years. Time and again, Bruce has proven himself as a dedicated, empathetic and compassionate celebrant, a consummate storyteller. His warmth, humour and listening skills make him an excellent celebrant. Bruce has the enviable ability of delivering a funeral service in such a way that you feel he knew the person intimately. Bruce believes everyone has a unique story to tell, and the funeral service is an opportunity to honour and celebrate that story. Indeed Bruce describes himself as a story teller, seeing his primary role as helping a family tell the story of their loved one and he does it extremely well.
Originally from Adelaide, Bruce has lived in Ballarat for the last 26 years and as Bruce puts it “he has become part of the local community to the extent that it is possible for a person not born here”. Married for 45 years, he and his wife Jenni have three adult children and an increasing number of grandchildren.
Over his working life Bruce has worked with adult offenders, terminally ill teenagers, supporting socially isolated older people and spent 12 years as a hospital chaplain. Outside of work, Bruce is always up for new experiences and at various times has been a basketball umpire, competition debater, player of bit parts in live theatre, a volunteer at Sovereign Hill, member of a local choir, Probus, lawn bowler and traveller, both within Australia and overseas.
Bruce is someone who cares greatly about people, he is genuinely interested in hearing the stories and this is reflected in every funeral service he delivers. On occasion there are funerals that prove to be more challenging than other for a number of reasons. Bruce is someone who excels in these instances. We have full confidence in Bruce, knowing his approach will be compassionate and empathetic and that the service will be delivered with genuine care. We look forward to our continued working relationship with Bruce.