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Bruce Goetz, 66

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 09:40

Bruce Richard Goetz, a former custodian at the Springs School, died of metastatic lung cancer on June 11 at his daughter's home in New Hampton, N.Y. An East Hampton resident for many years, he was 66 and had been ill for more than a year.

After growing up in Glendale, Queens, he was an investment banker at Harris Bank in New York City before moving to East Hampton in 1994. Working at the Springs School was a job he truly loved, his family said.

An outdoorsman and adventure seeker, Mr. Goetz enjoyed hunting, hiking, sky diving, and whitewater rafting. He also took pleasure in a suntan at the beach.

Born on June 14, 1954, in Oshkosh, Wis., to Arthur Frank Goetz and the former Loretta Ann Seebacher, he spent childhood summers with his grandmother in Smallwood, N.Y., and later lived in Greenwood Lake, N.Y.

In 1980, he married the former Cathy Barbera. The marriage ended in divorce.

Mr. Goetz was a member of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church and the Alcoholics Anonymous program that convened there. Because of the friendships he made through the meetings, he celebrated 11 years of sobriety on April 23, his family said.

He is survived by a son, Matthew Bruce Goetz of Pine Island, N.Y., two daughters, Erin Jane Dyne of New Hampton and Heather Ann Warnecke of Warwick, N.Y., and nine grandchildren, Benjamin Warnecke, Faith Warnecke, Emersyn Warnecke, Noah Goetz, Jameson Goetz, Christopher Dyne, Max Dyne, Lena Dyne, and Gavin Dyne. A brother, Gary Goetz of Venice, Fla., also survives. A sister, Cheryl Goetz, died before him.

The family plans to gather for a hike in his memory at a date to be determined.

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