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Bruce W. Little, Pinellas County plumbing contractor

Published Oct. 11, 2005

Bruce W. Little, a Pinellas County plumbing contractor for 25 years, died Saturday (July 11, 1992) in Hendersonville, N.C. He was 70.

He died of complications associated with injuries received in a two-car collision June 28 in Hendersonville while vacationing, his family said.

With just one employee, he launched his plumbing business in 1952, working from his Burlington Avenue home in St. Petersburg. Later known as Bruce Little Co., Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors, the business grew to employ nearly 100 people. Most recently, it operated at 809 49th St. N, St. Petersburg.

Specializing in commercial and industrial work, his company's projects included the Florida Power Corp. administration building, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, The Pier in St. Petersburg and the Science Center of Pinellas County.

The son of a plumber, Bruce Weir Little was born in New York City and grew up in Warwick, R.I. He joined the Coast Guard during World War II. He served 28 months aboard a sub chaser in the Atlantic.

After the war he began working in plumbing and mechanical contracting in Miami. In 1947 he moved to St. Petersburg and worked as a superintendent for J.

A. Jones Plumbing Inc., before striking out on his own.

Mr. Little held every office, state and local, of the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association. For many years he served on local plumbing examination and advisory boards. In 1973 he received the In Orbit award for service to his trade.

A resident of Seminole, Mr. Little was a member of the Pinellas County Committee of 100, Pasadena Community Church, and Seminole, Lakewood, Saddlebrook and Innisbrook golf and country clubs.

Until he closed his business and retired in 1977, he was a director of American National Bank and Trust and Southeast National Bank of St. Petersburg.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elodia; three sons, Kenneth, Richard and Dean, all of St. Petersburg; a sister, Ann Humphries, Rhode Island; three brothers, Arthur and Tom, both of Rhode Island, and Robert, of St. Petersburg; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at John S. Rhodes, West Chapel, 900 49th St. N. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Royal Palm Cemetery.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital, 715 Fleming St., Hendersonville, NC 28739.