Former governor Bruce Sundlun dead at 91
The tributes are pouring in for former Governor Bruce Sundlun, who led the state from 1991-1995 and will be best remembered for his strong leadership during the state banking crisis.
From US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who was an aide to Sundlun:
I mourn the passing of Bruce Sundlun, a beloved friend and mentor. Bruce’s accomplishments as an athlete, soldier, lawyer, businessman and politician would each make his a memorable life; together they made him one of the most remarkable and accomplished Rhode Islanders in our history. But most who knew Bruce will remember him for his personality: warm-hearted and funny, impatient and irrepressible, courageous and determined. No one who knew Bruce ever doubted where he stood. He was a towering figure in our state’s history and a vibrant figure in the lives of his friends and family. My love, thoughts and prayers are with them.
US Senator Jack Reed:
Bruce Sundlun lived a remarkable life. A decorated World War II fighter pilot and a distinguished Governor, Bruce Sundlun devoted his career to our state and nation. He was an inspiring public servant who exemplified selfless sacrifice and decency.
I extend my sincere condolences to his wife Soozie and the entire Sundlun family.
US Representative Jim Langevin:
My thoughts and prayers go out to Governor Sundlun’s family at this difficult time.
I was proud to work with Bruce going back to our time as delegates together at the state’s constitutional convention and then as a legislator when he served our state with distinction as governor. His was truly a life well-lived, an extraordinarily well-rounded and accomplished life from his time as an enlisted member of the Army Air Corps, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart, to the leadership he provided our state, to his dedication to civic and community organizations.
I will always treasure the time we spent together. In particular, I remember our trip when I invited him as my guest to the World War II Memorial dedication inWashingtonand how proud Bruce was of his country and his fellow veterans who gave their lives for values that he so cherished.
As we mourn his loss today, we also know that the indelible positive mark Bruce left by serving so many people, places and institutions in Rhode Islandand beyond can never be erased. I was so lucky to have been able to call him a friend.”