Eastford- Bruce A. Tefft, 69, of Union Rd. died on Friday September 1, 2017 at home. Bruce was born in Putnam, CT and was the son of the late Robert and Dorothy (Weeks) Tefft. He is survived by his longtime companion, of 43 years, Debra A. Billings.
Bruce enlisted in the United States Navy in 1965 and lived in the San Francisco area. He earned his Bachelors in Sociology and continued his education in 1987 by attending the Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT.
Bruce enjoyed working with his hands and took pride in everything that he did. He was self-employed and worked with other contractors in the construction field as a carpenter and painter. He also worked for Putnam Furniture located in Putnam, CT. Bruce wanted to give back to his community and worked for many social services agencies as a teacher and a social worker. This work included teaching for the New England Adult Education Program and Quinebaug Valley Youth and Family Program. He was an assistant teacher for the Quinebaug Valley Community College Welfare to Work Program and worked as a social worker for NECT. In addition, he worked for the Community Development Corporation for five years.
Bruce enjoyed fishing, gardening and had a love for animals, especially his pot belly pig, who he raised for 14 years until his passing in 2016.
In addition to his longtime companion of 43 years, Debra A. Billings of Eastford, he leaves one brother, William (Bill) Tefft of Johnstown, Penn.; six sisters; Nanci Hattin of Thompson, Patricia Landry of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Jill Burger of Naples, Fla., Susan Tefft of Greenfield, Mass., Robin Fulford-Brown of San Jacinto, Calif., and Gemma Benoit of Putnam. He was predeceased by his sisters Judy Eskelson and Deborah Phelps.
At Bruce’s request, funeral arrangements are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St. Putnam, CT. Memorial donations may be made to NECCOG Animal Services, PO Box 759, Dayville, CT 06241. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com