Tribute to gentle giant who devoted himself to charities [Gloucestershire Echo (England)]
(Gloucestershire Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TRIBUTES have been paid to a community stalwart who helped set up charities which impacted thousands of lives.
Loved ones gathered at Gloucester Crematorium yesterday to say their final farewells to Bruce Rosewarne Maughfling, who died in June, aged 84.
He leaves behind his sons Gavin and Guy, daughter Clemency, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Bruce spent 20 years as an accountant at Little and Company, where he was a senior partner. But it was his charity work which many people will remember.
Between 2004 and 2007, he was chairman of the Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, supporting plans to upgrade it into what is now The Wilson. He saw the labours of the committee he led come to fruition shortly before he died.
Bruce was also chairman of the New Club Cheltenham where businesspeople still meet.
And he worked extensively with the Eveson Charitable Trust, which helps gives out grants to good causes in the West Midlands. He helped manage Violet Eveson's will, which gave more than Pounds 45 million of her personal fortune for charitable use.
Serving as the trust's first chairman, he was instrumental in its operations and policies. He eventually became a trustee, until he stepped down in January.
His son Guy told the Echo his father was always looking for ways to help people.
He said: "It was very typical of him. He was a very intelligent person and although quite quiet, always had an understated manner about him.
"He carried himself very well, and loved to be around people." Bruce, who used to play rugby at prop forward, was a huge fan and regular spectator of the Cherry and Whites at Gloucester.
He also loved pottery and reading, with the family giving away more than 1,000 books to the British Heart Foundation after his death.
"I was very lucky growing up, he was a great father and taught us basics about how to behave, moral values and to always consider others and to look after other people," Guy said.
"He was a gentleman who always loved being around his family."
A spokesman for the trustees of the Eveson Charitable Trust said his death was "a great sadness".
Michael Westgate, 72, had served as vice-chairman with Bruce of the museum Friends.
He said: "I will always remember him as being quite tall, but very gentle. To call him a gentle giant would probably be right.
"He was firm when he wanted to be, but he managed to convince us. He was a great chairman."
"To call him a gentle giant would probably be right" Michael
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