The Curry Coastal Pilot

Bruce N. Henderson, 55, of Brookings, passed away Sept. 24, 2011, in Brookings, after a battle with cancer.

Bruce was born Jan. 6, 1956, in Castro Valley, Calif., to Lawrence and Harriet (Tillman) Henderson.

After high school, he went to work as a machinist for Paoletti Trucks, a position he held for 20 years.

Bruce retired to Brookings in 2001 where he enjoyed hiking the many trails with his dog "Scooby." He also enjoyed woodworking and was an avid San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's fan.

Survivors include his mother Harriet Henderson of Harbor; brother Steven Henderson, his wife Jill and their children Elizabeth, Valerie, Rachel and Hannah of Walnut Creek, Calif.; sister Gail Henderson and her son Dylan Habiger of Harbor; PaPa Bob Baillie. Also surviving are all of his cousins, in and out of the area.

Bruce was preceded in death by his father Lawrence; and twin brother Byron.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7833, Brookings, OR 97415.

A celebration of Bruce's life will be announced later in the year.

Bruce wanted all of his trail friends to know that he's on the "upper trail" now and hopes to see all of you again.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.