Bruce Arlan Kottwitz

TORRINGTON – Bruce Arlan Kottwitz’ life was cut short at 77 years old due to complications of heart surgery on February 8, 2021. Bruce was born on February 20, 1943, to Oscar “Pat” and Bernice Kottwitz in Torrington. He is survived by his wife Toni (Fitch) Kottwitz, sons Michael (Aislinn) Kottwitz and Bryon (Janette) Kottwitz and two beautiful granddaughters Tatum and Cashlyn Kottwitz. He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, Keith Kottwitz. 

Bruce was a man of fortitude and perseverance providing for his family after working diligently for 27 years at the Wrigley Company. This incredible work ethic and focus on providing for those he loved continued into the days leading up to his surgery and even after his passing. These same attributes filtered into his part-time hobbies as a miniature train conductor and avid pen collector. However, those close to Bruce will recognize his full-time passion was his constant comedic relief with one-line jokes. His levity combined with his smile would follow him into any room and situation. 

Bruce was a reliable man willing to help those he loved in any way he could and at any time. Bruce will be remembered as an excellent father and loving grandfather. His compassion for children and animals is a profound legacy we will hold in our hearts. Bruce loved learning about other parts of our country and world spending time traveling frequently in his retired years. While we mourn his untimely passing, we are grateful for the steadfast legacy and example of character he leaves for his family.

Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Heart Valve Voice – US at


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