Daddy Bruce was the restaurateur who provided holiday feasts for Denver’s needy for more than 25 years before his death in 1994 at the age of 94.
For many years he donated his own time and money to serving Thanksgiving dinners. He later took in donations and many local celebrities — including members of the Denver Broncos, the owner Pat Bowlen, the police department, and members of the clergy. They all helped Daddy Bruce dish out tons of turkey, ribs, dressing, potatoes, and yams. He also gave away clothes and food on his birthday, Easter and Christmas. One year he even dyed 25,000 eggs for an enormous Easter Egg hunt in City Park.
Daddy Bruce who started his business at the incredible age of 63, not only showed amazing perseverance and determination but also a “heart of gold”. He would spend his last cent helping those who were less fortunate. Even though history will indicate that Daddy Bruce died penniless, it will also show the rewards and accomplishments that he made during his life.
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