Bruce Frigard - Winesonoma
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:15 AM
I met Bruce just over two years ago, during the planning of an eGullet potluck at my house in Napa. Bruce was a Sonoma local who, during the planning of that event, offered extra tables, stoves, tables, etc. In that planning, when he learned I worked at an historical winery, dashed up to meet me in person, do some barrel tastings, and a great friendship was born.
At the potluck itself, I fell madly in love with his girlfriend, Patricia, and it was not hard to see their mutual attraction and high regard for one another. Bruce brought caseloads of his self-produced wine to the party for all to share. He often cajoled me to join him in a game of Petanque (yes, Bruce, I regret that I never once had the opportunity to play a game with you!) and regailed me with stories from his past and present. He loved to talk about his time working on the Golden Gate Bridge and although it was never confirmed, we both believed that we met twenty-some years ago via his ex-wife.
We met occasionally at this bar or that on the Sonoma square and the last time I saw him -- happy and enjoying food and wine -- was at The General's Daughter on Thanksgiving. I was pleased to be able to send over and share some vintage Champagne and we toasted each other, in thanks.
This evening, as I open a good bottle of St. Clemet Oroppas and nibble some fine cheese, I invite you to share your memories of Bruce Frigard, Winesonoma. His love of life was an inspiration to me and I shall miss him deeply. I am sure he touched many people here as well, through his obvious passion and love of food, wine, and life.
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:16 AM
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:20 AM
Carrie- will there be a local service we can attend? Please keep us posted.
"Gay people exist. There's nothing we can do in public policy that makes more of us exist, or less of us exist. And you guys have been arguing for a generation that public policy ought to essentially demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist, but you don't make any less of us exist. You just are arguing in favor of more discrimination, and more discrimination doesn't make straight people's lives any better." -Rachel Maddow to Jim DeMint and Ralph Reed
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:22 AM
my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary
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current whisky review: ardbeg 17, 1998 (malts of scotland)
current restaurant review: spoon and stable (minneapolis)
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:28 AM
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:30 AM
Rest in peace, Bruce. I'm sure you're surrounded by Macintosh users in heaven.
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:31 AM
Sissies and wastoids
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:39 AM
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:49 AM
Flounder, you can't spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You fucked up... you trusted us!
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:51 AM
He wrote of his condition in a thread on OA about quitting smoking. Carolyn, what does it mean "he caught the cough that is going around?" I had no idea it was potentially lethal. I know a couple of people who have had a severe cough for weeks now. This worries me.
'How high can you stoop?"__Oscar Levant.
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:55 AM
Bruce was a terrific guy with a wonderful attitude, terrific sense of humor and strong character. He was of great help to me at the eG picnic I organized in Golden Gate Park. I am deeply saddened by this news.
So long, Bruce -- I'll miss you.
PS Carrie, do let me know if there is a service. I'd like to try to be there if I'm able.
Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:58 AM
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 02:01 AM
Carrie, please offer my condolences to Patricia. I'll raise a glass to him tonight.