|"Very sad to hear this news. I was with him
only two weeks ago. He was one of my very favorites
in this industry."
" I am so sorry this happened to him and to you. Obviously you were closest to him, probably more so than he was to nearly anyone else.
And it's bizarre. He was just here yesterday for something, possibly to give us a hard time, especially Chet. He had his usual great sense of humor and character.
He had that grumpyness that always turned into a smile. And there were the many Bruce-isms: "I don't want you to look at my boat (listing), I want you to sell my boat", and "don't forget to ask for the order ..... for crying out loud".
This is a tragic loss for yacht brokers. Bruce did what no broker could figure out how to do for himself and added to the business some great systems, ethics and incredible lasting integrity."
|"So sorry to hear this. Please let me know
when and where the service will be. My sincere condolences
to the family. "
"I feel so sad to hear this news. It must be a terrible loss for you all and so hard for his family. Bruce was very appreciated in our profession and we have known him for long. We shall never forget him. With kind regards"
"SOOOO Sorry to hear this news. Bruce was a beauty!! Iconic Yachtsman! Great guy!!!!" With Sincere regrets and condolences
"Our Prayers are with you and the Brakenhoff family. It's so difficult to lose a man of his class. He was a legend!"
|"We are deeply saddened at Bruce's passing.
He has been, throughout my 30 years in this business,
one of the most astute, talented and warmly human
yachtsmen I have known. Our condolences and heartfelt
sympathies are with all of you..." Warmest
wishes and prayers
To all and especially Bruce, Jr. "Sorry to hear the sad news. Certainly will be a void on the docks. All the best to those who worked with him and to his family."
"Diane Byrne from MegayachtNews.com here. I just learned of the passing of Mr. Brakenhoff. Please accept my sincere condolences, and please send them to his family. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I started in the yachting business in 1993, as a staff editor at Power & Motoryacht, and he was a delight to talk with. I'd like to post a tribute on Megayacht News and wondered if you had a photo I could use. "
|"I am so terribly saddened to hear this news.
It was such a pleasure knowing Bruce for 10 + years
and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
"Thanks again so much for giving me more of the details on Bruce. Please keep me informed on the status of Noel. The news about her was a further shock. They seemed to be so happy after so many years together. I hope that she gets better very soon and my wife and I will pray for her as well as the entire Brakenhoff Family."
|"Bruce was a traditional "by the book"
honest Yankee. His reputation for honesty and hard
work is legendary in the industry, working on the
YABA ethics and contract committees, he could strike
fear into a young brokers heart. As a junior broker,
you quickly learned to know your facts and have
your ducks in a row before you spoke with Bruce!'
'Bruce guided many of us through our careers, including his very successful son, Bruce Jr. He has raised a wonderful family, been an active member in his community professionally and locally, a respected commodore of the Conanicut Yacht Club, and a wonderful friend. Bruce led a very successful life on all fronts and will be greatly missed. It has been an honour and a privilege to know Bruce and the Brakenhoff family all these years. Godspeed Bruce!"
"So sorry to hear the news...please pass along our sincerest condolences! "
am so sorry to hear about Bruce, I have known
he and Noel all my life, served on Race Committee
with Bruce as well. I sent the obit to all the
Storm Trysail members. Will you keep me posted
on the service arrangements. Please give my love
to Noel." Thanks
|"I am sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. My parents, Bob & Pamela Wolfe, were good friends of he and Noel in Larchmont during the 50's and 60's. I am about the same age as Bruce Jr. I have vague memories of both of them, and know that Tom & Margot McNiven were also a part of that group as all the children are similar ages. I remember many summer days at the LYC pool with all of them. I would appreciate you passing my sympathies along to the family"|
“Bruce Will Be Forever In Our Hearts & We Will Remember His Laugh & Smile Always. May He Rest In Peace”