Bruce Allan Tolbert

November 02, 1962 ‒ October 22, 2020

Blacklick, Ohio

Bruce Allan Tolbert, age 57, of Blacklick, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020. He was born on November 2, 1962, in Howell, Michigan, to the late William and Patricia (Shoeman) Tolbert.

Bruce graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Tiffin University and went on to receive his Master’s Degree from the University of Akron. He truly devoted his life to social work, and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bruce is survived by his husband of 12 years, David Abrams; mother-in-law, Thelma Abrams; sister-in-law, Pam (Rocky) White; brother-in-law, Mike Abrams; nieces and nephews, Keri (Evan) Geyer and children, Cory (Taylor) White and children, and Shontee Chalfant and children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, William Abrams.

The family will hold private services for Bruce.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • My deepest sympathy to Bruce’s husband and loved ones. We were friends back in high school and liked to check in with each other on social media. Lovely guy always. Until I see you again my friend.

  • My deepest sympathy to Dave and Bruce’s family. I worked with Bruce for many years and he was hard working and dedicated to better the lives of his clients. He was a really good person and coworker. I’m sorry for your loss, but happy that he is now with the Creator.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I went to college with Bruce at the University of Findlay. We had some pretty great times back in the day. He was a good guy. I’m a better person having known him as I’m sure many are. Peace.

  • Both Erik and I were shocked to read that Bruce had passed. So many good times playing cards and bowling. He was the best. Sending thoughts of comfort. Life is a little less bright.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I was in the MSW program at OSU with him. We were both non-traditional (aka Older) students. He became my classroom buddy and was always so kind, bright, and funny. He clearly had a passion for social work and for helping others. I wish for his husband and family peace, grace, and healing.

  • Bruce had been on my mind, and knowing his birthday is approaching, I went to his Facebook page to find he has passed. Bruce and I worked together in home care. He was the favorite of the people we served. He truly was the kindest person I’ve ever met. He had such a sweet, gentle spirit. I visited him in OSU hospital at the beginning of his terrible battle. As usual, his attitude was incredible. I am blessed to have known him. My sympathies to Dave and all of Bruce’s loved ones. Rest In Peace, sweet soul.

  • Bruce has been my best friend since February 1991. So many wonderful memories of so many wonderful years. He is simply one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever known. I have never had a better Combat Scrabble adversary! Be free, my friend. I love you.

  • Dear David,

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of Bruce. Your love for Bruce was admirable through your dedicated care and determination to save his life. Bruce felt that through his heart and soul. You two had 13 wonderful years together and will continue through wonderful memories. Wishing you all the best for you and your fur babies.