Bruce A. Mrofka

August 15, 1947 ‒ February 20, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Bruce A. Mrofka, age 73 of Delaware, OH, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Delaware. He was born August 15, 1947 in Massillon, OH to the late Albert and Vivian (Kula) Mrofka.

Left to cherish Bruce’s memory are his sons: Gearin (Samantha) Mrofka, and Josh (Brandy) Mrofka; granddaughters: Ann Maureen, June Margaret, and Marianne Lennon Mrofka; and several other relatives and friends.

Bruce graduated from Kent State with a master’s degree in sociology. He went on to serve as a human resource manager for the State of Ohio. In 2010, he served as the interim head of human resources for the Secretary of State’s office. Bruce was an avid snow skier, and he loved his hometown Massillon Tiger Football Team. Even though he hadn’t lived in Massillon for over fifty years, he always bought season tickets, attended the games every year, and was a member of the Massillon Tigers Football Booster Club. Bruce was very generous and outgoing. He enjoyed hosting friends, and making lasting friendships wherever he went in life. Most of all, Bruce enjoyed spending time with his family, and his granddaughters in particular.

In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Maureen Fitzgerald.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, OH, where a memorial service celebrating Bruce’s life will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to the Massillon Tiger Football Booster Club, PO Box 19, Massillon, OH 44648, or at

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  • Deepest condolences to Bruce’s family. I worked with Bruce for many years and he was always a loyal friend and colleague – often hosting many of us for a weekend of skiing. The genuine love and generosity that he showed family, friends, and beloved school are a model for us all. He will be missed. Slainte, Bruce.

  • Bruce was such a great man, kind, generous and loving. He was so good to me and my family. We had a lot of great adventures with Bruce and I am so appreciative of that. My kids loved having adventures with Bruce whether they were golfing, Clippers, or skiing at his cabin. Bruce was always very generous and was loved by many. Deepest sympathy to the family.

  • I worked with Bruce for many years, he was a great friend and colleague. He hosted us for skiing weekends and was kind, generous, and had a tremendous sense of humor. He will be missed, deepest sympathies and prayers from our family.

  • Bruce was an amazing guy. We had many adventures both at the Peek as well as in Columbus. He taught Brayden how to ski and they loved talking about sports. Bruce was kind, caring, funny, and genuine. I am so happy that I was a part of his life. He was so proud of his granddaughters! He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  • Bruce was a very kind man. He most recently helped me to cope with the sudden loss of my husband. He was thoughtful, a great listener, and he loved his family so much. I will forever be grateful to him for what he did to help me. He loved his grandchildren so much it was heartwarming.

  • Sending hugs and prayers to Bruce’s boys and their families. Your dad invited us over the first day we moved in next door on Leawood and we became friends, not just neighbors. He was an excellent cook, dancer, party host and gardener. His laugh was contagious and we will always cherish our friendship.

    ♥️The Lingo’s

  • We are truly sorry for your loss and would like to offer your family our deepest and most sincere condolences. We have lost a ski buddy, a neighbor at the Peek and a good friend.

  • I worked with Bruce for many years at RSC. He was kind and thoughtful and generous, hosting me and my husband and my son for ski weekends in New York. Loved his laugh and the joy he got out of life. Loved the special place Maureen always held in his heart. He will be missed!

  • I knew Bruce through work. He was a kind man and I wish I had the patience he showed when working through employment issues. I also loved his devotion to the Massillon Tigers since I also grew up in that area. My sympathies to the family.

  • My condolences to Gearin and Josh and their families. Bruce was so proud of you both and loved his grand babies. I met Bruce in 1989 when we were both part of the State’s management team negotiating the OCSEA’s union contract. Bruce was a great guy and Maureen was a saint! I loved them both and have many fond memories of attending Massillon football games, parties, the Jug, skiing at the Peak and golf, and so much more. Bruce was a wonderful guy and will greatly missed. Hugs to both of you and may Bruce’s memory be a blessing.

  • I am so sorry to learn of Bruce‘s passing. At the end of my administration in the Secretary of State‘s office, Bruce was my Human Resources director. I enjoyed working with him and after working together seeing him from time to time when we both lived in downtown Columbus.

    Bruce was instrumental in providing Secretary of State employees with real assistance at the end of my term in writing resumes, interviewing for new jobs and understanding their benefits. There was no one more caring and well-suited to accomplish this work in the exemplary way he did. Our office was recognized for this work Bruce did as providing comprehensive and effective employee transition services seldom seen in government.

    Over the course of his career, what Bruce did mattered to many people in the most personal of ways. He cared deeply and was an ultimate professional. I, for one, am grateful to have known him and to have worked with him.

    My heartfelt sympathies go out to those he held most dearly.

  • I worked with Bruce at RSC for many years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a generous heart. I have fond memories of Bruce and Maureen’s pool parties and Christmas parties in our early years working together. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.

  • My deepest sympathy to Gearin and Josh, and to their families. Bruce, Maureen and I became friends in 1974 when we moved into the same building. We shared meals, concerts, long discussions. They were a constant in my life for a long time. I’ve missed Maureen since we lost her, and I’m going to miss Bruce forever. Thanks you 2 for your many kindnesses, your support and for being wonderful friends. You both enriched my life.

  • RSC is where I came to know Bruce. I still have fond memories of his awesome baked turkey. Bruce loved people and was generous in sharing ski weekends, condo visits downtown and so many acts of kindness. My prayers of God’s peace and comfort 🙏 are with you, family and friends.

  • Condolences to the Family and Blessings to Bruce. He was a first cousin to my Mother, Karen (Palaski) Rohr. His Father, Albert, and her Mother, Frances, were siblings.

  • Sending our thoughts and prayers to your family. My wife and I lived in the same building downtown and really enjoyed our time with Bruce. He was such a pleasure to hang out with. I too grew up in the Canton area and my parents still live in Massillon. We shared many stories. We even had the fortune of spending time with him in his upper NY state ski home. He was such the host. We will truly miss him.

  • Bruce was the life of the party. He befriended everyone, treated his friends with kindness. It was obvious how much he loved his sons, daughter in laws and especially loved his granddaughters! Rick and I met Bruce in 2006 when we bought our condo at Peek n Peak next to Bruce’s. We will forever cherish our memories we made with Bruce. One of my favorite memories is Bruce skiing wearing a Santa hat! Everyone called him Santa on the slopes! I believe his beloved wife Maureen made the Santa hat for Bruce. My daughters, grandchildren and I all enjoyed skiing almost every weekend with Bruce. Bruce…. may you Rest In Peace! Will miss you, the Peek will not be the same without you! Sandy and Rick Hlipala

  • Thinking of your family during this difficult time. I worked with Bruce for many years at RSC. He was such a good and nice person. I’ve heard so many good stories about skiing, things he’s done, etc. and I know he loved his family.

  • I will miss Bruce. He was one of the first HR professionals I became acquainted with when I started working for the State. He was a very fair and open-minded professional and I could always count on him to help me work through situations and problems not only related to work but also with private situations. Bruce was one of the truly great people I have known and i am saddened by his passing.

  • Dear Gearin, Josh and families, I don’t know if you will remember me as I had you in preschool at Don a Del. So sorry for your loss. Fond memories of your family.I can empathize with you as I lost my dad last year. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  • Bruce had a really wonderful life. He loved Maureen and his family. Gearin & Josh did a great job in their video tribute to Bruce. He loved it, too, I’m sure! Bruce touched many lives and left a legacy of friendship, laughter and generosity. He touched my life. I am blessed to have known him. My condolences to Gearin, Josh, their wives and children. Wonderful memories of an exceptional man. Rest now, my friend.

  • I’m saddened by the sudden news of Bruce passing. I have many happy memories of Xmas parties, Massillon games, and Ohio Theatre movies with Bruce. He was great at bringing people together. What a hearty laugh he had, which made the workplace fun and engaging. He moved me from talent acquisition to labor relations and gave me opportunities at RSC. Bruce, you are gone but not forgotten.

  • Like many others, I knew Bruce thru RSC. One of my work assignments was HR issues within BVR which brought me into regular contact with Bruce. I ALWAYS valued working with him. He was a boundless source of information and guidance. He always sought a win-win solution and pursued a respectful resolution. My strongest memory was his smile. It was both warm and welcoming. Bruce was a very gentle and generous man. He was a model husband and father and a friend to cherish. I’m richer knowing him.

  • Bruce’s family do not know me, although they may have heard Bruce mention my name. He and I were second cousins and we graduated the same year from WHS. We were friends throughout high school, but, as often happens, we grew apart after college just because of time and distance. A dozen years ago, Bruce and I and two other h.s. buds (Paul B. and Dave W.) decided to get together twice a year. Once a year was always in the fall where we met in Massillon, attended a Tigers football game and spent the weekend telling lies about our high school exploits. Bruce was one of the most generous and loving persons I’ve known, I am so appreciative that for the past 12 years, Bruce again came into my life. Bruce, I think of you often. RIP.

  • While working in the Office of the Ohio Secretary of State, I reported to Bruce. He taught me a lot about HR management and we enjoyed many humorous moments. He invited our HR team to his home for a Christmas celebration and to Massillon for a championship football game I will never forget. Bruce was truly gracious and a good man. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  • The video is priceless!! I can hear your parents laughing out loud! What a wonderful life they had together. Then Bruce went on to enjoy more years of love and friendship. And oh my, how he loved those granddaughters! Boys, your parents were so proud of you both. Please take comfort in your best memories, and know they are together again. Love and hugs. Bill and Jan Crohen

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