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Bruce Sloat

Published: 9/4/2017 3:00:12 AM
Modified: 9/4/2017 3:00:15 AM

Lancaster, N.H. — Bruce Sloat, Master Hutsman, Master Innovator and Master Wit, set his spirit free on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Bruce was an innovator extraordinaire, nature lover extraordinaire and traveler extraordinaire. Bruce was also a loving husband, a loving father and a lover of all things chocolate, bacon or cheese. Bruce was always happiest outside. So, if you want to talk to him, that’s where you will find him.

Born in Pompton Lakes, N.J. on Nov. 16, 1930, Bruce escaped to the White Mountains of New Hampshire at the age of 19. He worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club for over twenty years, where he was the Hut System Manager for five years. He was also Chief Observer at the Mount Washington Observatory for five years and then tested jet engines on the top of Mt. Washington. Bruce loved New Hampshire and the White Mountains, where he met Mary Edgerton, his beautiful wife of fifty-five years. A loving father, Bruce raised three sons on a farm in Lost Nation, near Lancaster, NH. Bruce was a visionary and a master innovator. He built two hydroelectric plants, the Sunnybrook Cider Mill and created the Sunnybrook Montessori School on the family farm.

Later in life, Bruce hand-built a cabin on top of nearby Mt. Mary, a mountain Bruce had the State of New Hampshire name after his wife. An avid traveler, Bruce explored the world. This included his recent trip to Spitsbergen, Norway, close to the North Pole.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Mary Edgerton Sloat, his siblings Ben Sloat and Jeanne Schwartz, his son Willis, daughter-in-law Beth and their children Noah & Alex, his son Stuart and daughter-in-law Andrea.

Services will be held at 3 PM on September 10th at Kendal at HanUpload Graphics/Images over, 80 Lyme Rd.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to The Mount Washington Observatory or the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

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