Richard Bruce Withers

  • Born: December 12, 1938
  • Died: June 8, 2019
  • Location: New Rochelle, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Bruce will be remembered as a gentle, loyal, caring and dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

Richard Bruce Withers " Bruce " to his close friends of New Rochelle New York, formerly of Pelham New York passed away on June 8th 2019.

He was 80 years old. Bruce was born in the Bronx to Robert and Francis Withers. He was raised in Pelham Bay where he attended PS 71 and Our Lady of Assumption Schools. It was during his years at school he would meet the love of his life Theresa Tarantino. They both met at a birthday party when Bruce was 12 and later married at Our Lady of Assumption in the Bronx.

They were married for over 60 years. 

Bruce and Theresa live in the Bronx before moving to Pelham in 1969. Bruce became very active in the community. He was a member of the Pelham Civics, Meals on Wheels, Pelham Art Center and was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Catharine's Church. During the day he worked for his own company Bruce Withers Graphic Design. BWGD focused on corporate graphics and communications; in his field he was considered one of the best in the country.
His clients included IBM; Johnson & Johnson and The New York Stock Exchange His job was his passion. One of his career highlights was when his work was exhibited at the Modern Museum of Art. 

Bruce would eventually retire at 70. As he said "The business has changed and so have I". However he still kept a close relationship with his clients and worked as a consultant. In his spare time he would take up painting and enjoyed visiting and painting landscapes in Pennsylvania. His newfound love allowed him to travel and enjoy more time with his wife and grandkids Tara, Nicole, Salvatore, Rebecca, Isabel, Nicholas and Carolina.

Bruce will be remembered as a gentle, loyal, caring and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was an amazing and loyal friend to many people. His wife Theresa, his children Lori Caltabellotta and her husband Salvatore and his son Robert Bruce Withers survive Bruce. He will be deeply missed by his 7 grandchildren and the Pelham Community whom he called family. 

A celebration of Bruce's Life will take place on Tuesday June 11th from 4-8 pm at the Pelham Funeral Home Located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham NY.
A Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday June 12th @ 10:00am to be held at St. Catharine's Church located at 25 Second Avenue, Pelham NY. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bruce's name to the Pelham Civics. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

To the family- You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences.
2 Thessalonians 2 :15,16

Wanda S.

Posted by A friend   June 16, 2019

Bruce was a true gentleman and did extraordinary pastels. What masterpieces he did! We exhibited together at the NRAA. He'll always be an inspiration to me.

Posted by Rita Rizzo - Pelham, NY - Acquaintance   June 13, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Richard. He was such a pleasure to see and care for, and I will miss seeing his smiling face here.

Posted by Melissa Koroscil - Stamford, CT - Acquaintance   June 11, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this news and for your loss. Bruce was a very talented artist, but more importantly a kind man. He made me feel welcome when I was a new member of the New Rochelle Art Association and always had nice things to say. He will be missed. Kathy Nesi

Posted by kathleen nesi - pelham, NY - Acquaintance   June 11, 2019

Bruce and Teresa were good neighbors of ours years ago in Pelham. We are so sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by David McConnell - Hingham, MA - Neighbor   June 10, 2019

Our heartfelt condolences to your family. So sorry for your loss

Posted by Melanie Zimmerman - New Rochelle, NY - Acquaintance   June 10, 2019

So sorry to hear about Mr. Withers. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by ToniAnn Petruzzi-Varvaro - Pelham, NY - Friend   June 10, 2019

The Pelham Art Center is deeply saddened by the loss of a great student. Bruce will be terribly missed. Our most sincere condolences.

Posted by The Pelham Art Center - Pelham, NY   June 10, 2019


Thoughts and prayers to Robert and family .
God Bless.
Ken and Kathy Meccia

Posted by Ken Meccia - White Plains, NY - Friend   June 10, 2019

I am so sorry for Richard's passing. He was always a pleasure to be with and to paint with.

Posted by gail dressner - new york, NY - Classmate   June 09, 2019

I'm so sad that my dear friend from Pelham Art Center has left. I have very fond memories of all the years we knew each other. My condolences to his lovely family.

Posted by Jane Rothman - City Island, NY - Classmate   June 09, 2019

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