In the days since his passing was announced, fans, former players, colleagues, and friends have turned to social media to share their fondest memories of former Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Earle Bruce, who died at the age of 87 earlier this week, following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
On Wednesday, they will have the chance to do that with others mourning the loss, as Ohio State has announced that there will be a public celebration of the former coach’s life held on campus this coming Wednesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Arena.
If you are unable to be at the event in person, you are able to watch on local Columbus stations, as well as on the Big Ten Network. Online stream is also available.
Today’s Celebration of Life: Coach Earle Bruce— Buckeye Student Body (@ILOVEOhioState) April 25, 2018
10:30 a.m. in St. John Arena
Also available to watch on local Columbus TV networks and Big Ten Network
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The Celebration of Life is expected to last about an hour, and will be filled with speakers from the Buckeye football family, including Jim Tressel, Tony Alford, Zach Smith (Bruce’s grandson), Matt McCoy, and Urban Meyer. The OSU Marching Band will also perform “Hang on Sloopy” and “Carmen Ohio”.
Bruce’s funeral will be held the following day, and will be open to just close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that mourners make a donation to the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology, Fund #312531, Care of The Ohio State University Foundation, Attn. Gift Processing, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221.
Following the end of his coaching career, Bruce remained an important part of the Columbus community. In addition to coaching the city’s Arena Football team for a season, he also served as an analyst for WTVN radio, and as a resource for the coaches that followed him.
Bruce hired current head coach Urban Meyer as an OSU graduate assistant in 1986, and remained a mentor for the rest of his life. Bruce’s grandson, Zach Smith, is Ohio State’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.