Longtime Bel Air optician Bruce Linder dies at 68

  • Longtime Bel Air optician Bruce Linder died July 21 at age 68.
Longtime Bel Air optician Bruce Linder died July 21 at age 68. (Linder family photo, The…)

Bruce E. Linder, 68, an optician and longtime member of the Bel Air business community, died July 21 at his Bel Air home.

For 37 years, Mr. Linder owned and operated Linder Opticians on Main Street in Bel Air, where his compassion for eyewear became an art, his family said.

He loved his customers and took great interest in their lives, family members said, and was an active member of the Bel Air business community. He was a spiritual person with an ability to see things in a different way, his family said.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of the late Ernst Joseph and Elsimae Reed Turner Linder. He grew up in Paoli, Pa. After graduating from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, he taught high school biology in Millville, N.J. He received his optical training through the former Benson Optical Company at The Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Family members said Mr. Linder always saw the glass as half full. He was never judgmental and always saw the good in everyone. His friends were very important to him and he had a profound love for his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to teach them new things and shared with them his positive outlook on life. He enjoyed taking trips and experiencing new adventures. An avid reader, he read everything from Eskimos to dog training, loved all types of music, enjoyed gardening, antiques, fly fishing and Native American Indian artifacts.

Mr. Linder is survived by his wife, Cynthia Linder; son, Bryce Richard Linder, of Aptos, Calf.; a daughter, Alexandra Hiss Linder White, of Broomfield, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Lindsey Erin Kelly, of Abingdon; brothers, Richard Linder, of Paoli, Pa., and Craig Linder, of Coatesville, Pa.; and grandchildren, Anon, Brieon, Elijah, Kiana and Kai.

Visitation will be held at McComas Funeral Home, P.A. in Abingdon on Friday, July 26, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, July 27, from 10-11 a.m. Services will be at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Donations may be sent to Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation Inc., c/o Cancer Life Net in Memory of Bruce E. Linder, 520 Upper Chesapeake Drive, Suite 405, Bel Air, MD 21014-4324.

Memory tributes may be sent to the family at http://www.mccomasfuneralhome.com

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