Celebrating the life of Bruce Rodney Kost
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Bruce was born in Queens, New York and the family moved to Rochester when he was a child. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1954 and Albany College of Pharmacy in 1958 and moved back to Rochester in 1958.
He and his brother, Mel, bought Parkleigh Pharmacy on Park Avenue in Rochester, New York in 1960. Parkleigh became a mainstay in the Park Avenue neighborhood and one of his greatest legacies, where it lives on today.
Bruce cherished his friends, and there were many. Some of whom had remained friends since childhood as well as the many, many friends he made along the way. He had that special quality of caring about people he may have met for the first time, treating them as if they were long lost friends.
As much as he gave love, his love was reciprocated many times over by so many for the person he was. People who knew him described him as “a great human being”, “always with a kind word and a smile”, “one of the best”, “loving, generous and gentle”, "a tremendously kind and caring soul”, “gracious and supportive”, with “energy and spirit that filled a room”.
He had a bright, wonderful smile and an infectious laugh that he shared freely and often.
Bruce always appreciated the finer things in life and enjoyed sharing and educating others about them: cars (of which there were many!), photography, travel, chocolate (never met a truffle he didn’t like!), fine food, good wine, a special scotch, the newest gadget, and PBS. He was an avid sports fan who watched everything with great enthusiasm.
He was both obsessed and frustrated by politics, especially later in life. He knew the difference between right and wrong, recognized the injustices and inequities that became pervasive in the world, and shared his views with anyone who would listen. Every night, he would go to sleep watching Christiane Amanpour.
Bruce lived life to its fullest. He is at peace now. Gone from our sights but never from our memories. He would want people to remember the good times, laughter, and fun. To comfort each other and to smile.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 30, 4 PM, at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bruce's memory to Asbury Methodist Outreach Program, Attn: Dr. Stephen Cady, 1050 East Ave., Rochester 14607.
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1050 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607