Bruce Werchadlo

DATELINE: Cranston

Werchadlo, Bruce, 66, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at home. Born in the Bronx, NY, he was a devoted son of the late Howard and Ida (Canetti) Werchadlo. He grew up a true New Yorker, and fan of all New York sports teams, especially the Yankees. Bruce often attended games with his father and brother, and his favorite player was Mickey Mantle.  Bruce moved to Cranston, Rhode Island in his teens with his family. A star tennis player, Bruce was a state champion in 1968. He was in the Navy reserves, serving stateside during the Vietnam War and attended college at CCRI. But Bruce’s lifelong love and passion was tennis, which he turned into a career as an instructor. Bruce taught hundreds of Rhode Islanders how to play tennis, and was a beloved member of the tennis community. Friends remember Bruce as having a fantastic sense of humor on the court (and off it) and “the best volley they’d ever seen.”  He leaves behind three children: Michael Werchadlo and his wife, Dessira, of Lincoln, Emily Schaible and her husband, Jeff, of West Hartford, CT, and Alex Werchadlo of Cranston. He was the dear brother of Charles Werchadlo and his wife, Deborah, of North Scituate, Larry Werchadlo and his wife, Patricia, of Cranston, and Carol Hall of Boca Raton, FL.He also had four beautiful grandchildren: Kacy, Joey, Luke, and Nate. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Shiva will be observed on Sunday at the Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston St, Cranston, RI 02920 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


  1. Dominie Dickens
    Feb 17, 2017

    Emily- my condolences to you and your family.

  2. Tracey Hall
    Feb 18, 2017

    To Alex and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. As you know I have recently loss my Dad and it is never easy. I have nice memories of Bruce. I remember him bringing the best bagels and lox to the house on Sunday mornings, and of course he would always bring little Alex over to play with Megan and Seth. My heart goes to all of you. Love Tracey

  3. Michael forte
    Feb 18, 2017

    As a member of the Cranston East Tennis team with Bruce I was broken hearted to hear of his passing. He was always kind and helpful to the younger players on the team. God Bless him and his family.
    Mike Forte
    Chief Judge RI Family Court

  4. Doreen
    Feb 18, 2017

    Very sorry to hear this, my condolences to the family.

  5. Rick Del Nero
    Feb 18, 2017

    Carol and family,
    My heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  6. Dennis &Terri Iannotti
    Feb 18, 2017

    Our condolences to all the of family. So sad to hear. Bruce was such a kind, caring individual. Dennis &Terri Iannotti

  7. Bill smith
    Feb 18, 2017

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  8. leon "surf" juskalian
    Feb 18, 2017

    dear chucky,

    i remember our families playing tennis together at r.w. park. i gave tennis up in ’99 in san diego, to save my knees for surfing and skiing.

    i offer my condolence; so sorry for your loss(way to young)


    leon(now in santa barbara as of 7/22/16)

  9. Steven Brown
    Feb 18, 2017

    Chuck, Larry, Carol and family,

    My sympathies to all of you on Bruce’s passing.
    We were such good friends way back and have great memories of all the times together.
    May he rest in peace.

    Steve Brown
    Pompano Beach

  10. Debi, Lou and Dustin Sullo
    Feb 18, 2017

    Our condolences go out to the whole Werchadlo family and friends, especially my very best friend, Carol.

  11. Ann Hogan
    Feb 19, 2017

    Dear Carol, Chuck and Larry,

    I was saddened to hear of Bruce’s passing. We worked together at the Racquetball Club in good ‘ole Garden City in the 70′s. He was a blast; always welcoming and ready to laugh! I will always remember Bruce as youthful and carefree…and of course as our dear friend Carol’s big brother. May he rest in peace.

    Ann Gallogly Hogan

  12. The O'Leary family
    Feb 19, 2017

    To the Werchadlo family,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Bruce. We are so sorry for your loss.

  13. Katie Hoagland
    Feb 19, 2017

    To Emily and the Werchadlo family,
    My most sincere condolences on the passing of your father, Bruce. Wish I could be there with you to honor his memory. May you all find some peace in this difficult time.

  14. Lois Anderson
    Feb 20, 2017

    Michael, Emily and your family. My sympathy to you in the loss of your dad. Although I haven’t seen you for a long time, you are always remembered. Sincerely, Lois Anderson

  15. John and Diane Kane
    Feb 21, 2017

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our deepest condolences.

  16. Jay Mansolillo
    Feb 27, 2017

    To Alex and the rest of Bruce’s Family:

    I was saddened to hear about Bruce and I’m so sorry for your loss…he was the “kickstart” of my own passion for tennis back around 1980 when my parents met him in the tennis club community which led me to beginning private lessons with him when I was 11 yrs old. Bruce was so funny and always made me and my younger brother laugh ON and OFF the court! I continued to see Bruce here and there over the years within the tennis scene and I would always enjoy chit chatting with him…and he still always had that great sense of humor! He was a great guy and friend to all, and certainly a “fixture” in my own history and memories of growing up around this sport. It will certainly be remembered ALL that he contributed to those around him with whom he shared his passion of tennis, as well as the many lives he touched everywhere.

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