Bruce Steven Tuthill, 79, of Plymouth and formerly of Hingham, passed away surrounded by his wife and daughters on August 30, 2021, missing a 10:40 a.m. tee time but not much else. He lived a great life – blessed with a phenomenal wife, devoted children and grandchildren, a big extended family, and many loyal friends. He loved to tell jokes and laugh until he cried. Bruce was exceptionally generous and kind, making him much loved and respected by all who knew him.
Bruce was born lucky on 7-11, 1942, to Gordon and Madeline (Jackson) Tuthill in Bayside Queens, NY. He was one of four children including Gordon and Richard Tuthill (who both predeceased him), and his baby sister Madge DeSales whom he loved dearly. After graduating from New London (CT) High School in 1960, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame in 1964 where he served as student body president. Bruce participated in the ROTC program and was commissioned upon graduation, serving on active duty as a lieutenant in the Army Air Defense Command.
Bruce received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and became a highly successful stockbroker at several firms including E.F. Hutton – when Bruce talked, people listened. He was a Senior Vice President and served on the Board of Directors at E.F. Hutton and was widely respected as one of the top brokers at the firm. The New York Times described Bruce as one of “the firm’s biggest stars” when he was lured to Prudential-Bache Securities in 1988.
Bruce reconnected with Sandra (Kalil), who also grew up in New London, and they married in 1968. Their love story would span the decades as they raised their four daughters – Whitney Presutti, Tracey Buckeridge and Melissa Forger (all of Hingham) and Kelley Tuthill (of Wellesley) – in an idyllic family neighborhood in Hingham. The girls all attended Thayer Academy where Bruce served as chair of the Board of Trustees and led what was then the largest capital campaign in the school’s history. Bruce generously funded scholarships for students in need at Notre Dame and served on the Advisory Council for the College of Business. He volunteered at and supported many other organizations over the years, including the South Shore Music Circus, Old Colony Montessori School and Resurrection Parish.
Bruce always carried a little black leather book filled with the names, addresses and phone numbers of family and friends who dated back to elementary school. He loved to talk on the phone and would spend hours catching up with friends from high school, college, B-school and more. Bruce loved long dinners enjoying swordfish and bottomless glasses of Chardonnay, epic stories, boating and the beach, watching New England and Notre Dame sports, and golfing with friends at Cohasset Golf Club, Willowbend Country Club and Pinehills Golf Club. He was both quick with a joke and there with a shoulder to cry on. A true friend to the end.
The quintessential family man, he dedicated as much time as he could to his girls as they grew up, coaching teams, attending sporting events and plays, and traveling around the world as a family. He welcomed Guy Presutti, Brendan Ward, Tim Buckeridge and Glenn Forger into the family and loved them like sons. He was a devoted grandfather who enjoyed golfing with his grandchildren, attending their sporting events and shows, and eating ice cream on a hot summer night. Grandpa Bruce lives on in his 14 grandchildren whom he adored including Samantha, Jacqueline, Max, Grayson and Alexandra Presutti; Madeline, Cecilia and Scarlett Ward; Tyler, Ashley and Trevor Buckeridge; and Taylor, Finn and Cameron Forger.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Friday 4-8 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM. The funeral Mass will be Saturday in the Church of the Resurrection, Hingham at 10 AM and will also be live streamed and able to be watched by visiting this site on Saturday. Burial in Hingham Cemetery. The family requests that visitors wear masks and encourage those who are not vaccinated to celebrate Bruce’s life from home for the protection of others.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Notre Dame. Please direct your gift to the Bruce S. Tuthill Scholarship, established in 1988 for deserving students with demonstrated financial need. Contributions can be made by online at giving.nd.edu/tuthill, by phone at 574-631-5150 or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Please make checks payable to the University of Notre Dame. In all cases, please indicate that you would like to direct your gift to the Bruce S. Tuthill Scholarship.