22nd April 2018
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Sudden death of Waas Bakery owner

The owner of Waas Bakery Bruce Gilardi has died suddenly, aged 55.

Mr Gilardi moved to Shetland in April 2016 and had roots to the isles dating back to the 1890s.

Waas Bakery owner Bruce Gilardi has died, aged 55.

It is understood Mr Gilardi died on Sunday afternoon in Edinburgh following a suspected heart attack. Police were called to a sudden death at Edinburgh Airport.

Mr Gilardi took over the the West Side business from Charlie Hodge in August 2016.

Since then he rebranded the firm, introducing a popular range of products including puckle and soda breads being sold in local shops and supermarkets across the isles.

Born in California, Mr Gilardi was a former US Navy officer and is the grandson of John Arthur and Gertrude Jamieson.

He set up his own investment management company in New York and created the idea for a high-end chocolate company and cafe in the Big Apple for which he raised funds.

Mr Gilardi’s mother Jacqueline taught in Shetland for several years before working her way around the world.
She met her husband in Vancouver and raised five children in Southern California.

After visiting his aunt in Walls in 2015 Mr Gilardi heard the bakery was for sale.

And after learning more about the business he returned to work at the bakery and later made an offer.

Mr Gilardi first visited Shetland as a teenager in 1979, followed by a hamefarin in 2010.

3 comments

  1. Stella Smith

    This is very sad, still a young man, who has left his mark on Shetland with his amazing bread,my deepest sympathy to his family & staff.

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  2. Wai Leong & Jerry Chan

    Bruce was such a wonderful and warm person. Always has a warm smile for everyone. We will miss him!
    Rest In Peace Bruce.
    Friends from Singapore.

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  3. Belinda Whyte

    I’m very saddened and shocked to hear of Bruce’s death. My mother, Cushla Bretton, enjoyed his company and he was very supportive of us during her illness. This weekend I shall raise a glass of Aperol spritz in his honour as he introduced me to the drink in Christmas 2016. Love and thoughts to his family and those he left a mark on.

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