June 6 2018: ERWIN, Bruce A.


On Monday, June 4, 2018, of Olney, MD.  Beloved husband of Liz Erwin; father of Jeni Harmon; grandfather of Ben and Madi Harmon; brother of Linda Hartman, Bonita Schumacher, Brenda Pulliam, Ronald Erwin and Pamela Enright; preceded in death by parents Willard and Donna Erwin and brother Karl Erwin.

Bruce grew up in a military family. His father was a naval helicopter pilot and a Pearl Harbor survivor.  Living in many different areas of the United States, Bruce developed a love for traveling.  He was born in Providence, RI and graduated from high school in Grove City, Ohio.  Bruce joined the Army in 1975 and was stationed at Ft. Carson, CO.  After two years at Ft. Carson, he was accepted into the prestigious 3rd US Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard” or “Escort of the President” located at Arlington Cemetery, Ft. Myer, VA.

After leaving the Army, Bruce became involved in the auto body industry. He partnered in Kelly Auto Body in 1980 and succeeded in growing the business to one of the largest independent auto body shops in Maryland. He purchased Rockville Auto Body in 1989 with his wife Liz, which they successfully grew and operated until retiring in 2013.

Bruce loved his hobbies such as off shore fishing with friends, monthly poker games, trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City and restoring old cars. Bruce proudly participated in the World of Wheels Car Show series, showing his 1967 Camaro along the east coast with several trips to Canada.  One of his great loves was riding his Harley’s with friends, taking long distance trips to Canada, riding the Tail of the Dragon in TN, and visiting family & friends in Ohio.  In 2016, he took a solo cross country trip to see the redwoods in Washington State.

Bruce was especially proud to participate with his friends each year in the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally, honoring our Vietnam veterans. Thankfully, he was able to participate in the 30th Anniversary Ride on May 24th 2018.

Bruce’s kind, giving and loving heart will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD (Valet Parking), on Friday, June 8, from 7 to 9 pm.  Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, #420, Rockville, MD 20850 or Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301.593.9500