Bruce R. Mothersell, 66, passed away peacefully Tuesday (May 15, 2018) at home.
Mr. Mothersell was born on June 12, 1951 in Cuba to Raymond and Ethel (Gayhart) Mothersell. He was a 1969 graduate of Cuba Central School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1971. He later graduated from Alfred State College.
Bruce owned and operated Mothersell’s Contracting in Andover for 45 years until his retirement in 2012. He took a great deal of pride in his work and gained a great amount of personal satisfaction from his late night service calls.
Bruce is survived by two sons, Chad (Nikki) Mothersell of Rhodesdale, Md. and Raymond (Kathleen) Mothersell of Ann Arbor, Mich.; one daughter, Kristy Baccile of Ann Arbor, Mich.; the mother of his three children, Kerry Trethewy of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one sister, Phyllis (Dan) Allen of Macedon; six grandchildren, Emelia Baccile, Caleb Mothersell, Mason Mothersell and Levi Mothersell, all of Ann Arbor, Mich., Jordan (Wyatt) Norfolk, of Hebron Md. and Sydney Shapard of Rhodesdale, Md.; two nephews, Dan (Karen) Allen and Terry (Jen) Allen; and several cousins.
Bruce was a simple man with simple interests. He was a craftsman when it came to woodworking. Bruce enjoyed wildlife whether it was watching and caring for it at a distance or enjoying the interaction with it through his love of hunting and fishing. He enjoyed reading, especially outdoor magazines and history.
Bruce was also a family man. His children’s favorite memories were the times spent at Salamanca State Park. It’s been told he had a “unique” sense of humor which nobody seemed to understand. At the end of one of his stories, everyone would “wink wink” at each other, not sure what it all meant. But there was never any doubt about his love. He made all those around him know they were loved and accepted.
There will be a combined private memorial service on Sunday at the Cuba Cemetery for Bruce and his mother, Ethel Mothersell, who passed away on Nov. 13, 2017. Full military honors will be rendered at that time. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville from 6-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 E. State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.