Those wishing to donate in Bruce Nordstrom’s name are encouraged to support SMooCH – Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital, United Way of King County, The Nature Conservancy or Friends of Waterfront Seattle.

Remembering Bruce Nordstrom

Please share your memories of Mr. Bruce. Your thoughts, photos and stories are a testament to who he was, how he lived his life and the number of people he inspired.

An honor

First meeting Mr. Nordstrom at just 19 years old when opening our Puerto Rico store, it was a delight to join him 3 years later when opening the NYC Flagship, a store we all know meant so much.

A Home for Everyone; An honorable Man

Bruce Nordstrom; a reminder of my own grandfather, similar in nature…created a “Home for Everyone”…No matter who you were; you were right at “home.” as a former member of Nordstrom’s BP Fashion Club at The Somerset Collection; I learned early on; the power of community in retail. Our grandfather, also a business owner, had a...

Shiyonna Felder

Rest in Peace Mr. Bruce

I worked as a stock person at Store 1 in the Women’s Shoe Dept. back in the late 1980’s. Erik was the buyer at the time. Mr. Bruce would often come by to see Erik. Mr. Bruce was always kind and very humble in his interactions with me and others in the department. Once I...

Brad Bendix

Leave It Better Than You Found It

My first day at Nordstrom in 2014, I received a copy of “Leave It Better Than You Found It”. At my orientation, it was mentioned that Mr. Bruce would sign a copy of his book. Not only did he happily agree to sign my book, but he asked me to sit down and talk for...

Matt Sayre

RIP Mr. Bruce

I had the honor of meeting Mr. Bruce at SCP. We spoke about life and how we both started working for Nordstrom. The conversation with him was like talking to an old time friend, when in reality he had no idea who I was. But that day he spoke to me like we knew each...

Sako Yakinian


Mr. Bruce was our own office celebrity – always kind, funny, humble, engaging, and incredibly proud of his family. I have had the privilege of working in the executive offices (the row/green mile) for almost half of my career with a front row seat to view his fierce love and support of his sons. What...

Lorie Muscat

Mr Bruce Nordstrom you will be truly missed.

I remember when you came and visited our Store 32 Murray Fashion Place Store fall/1997. Mr Bruce, you and your son Eric came to visit as well. It was an honorable memory to meet you and Eric. Your kindness and professionalism towards me had a lasting impression. I have been working in Women’s Shoes Nordstrom...

Matt Blackham

I left it better than I found it cause of you

How do I start, Mr Bruce was a part of my Nordstrom Journey, Now retired after 40 years. I was the Operator for store 1 for over 10 years and clearly built a bond. Once we were going to move to the Frederick and Nelson building I asked if I could have a memory. He...

Lisa Campbell Aka Operator Lisa

Mr Bruce at State of the Company Meeting in San Diego 2018

After the meeting all of the managers got to meet with Mr. Bruce and Eric. Mr. Bruce shared stories of his early career and a funny experience on the sales floor. He was brand new to the sales floor and was assisting a lady, trying to put a pair of shoes on her feet… and...

Always a Happy Moment…photo with Mr. Bruce!

People come into our lives for a reason…bringing something we must learn, and we are led… Thank you, Mr. Bruce, for your wisdom, leadership, passion and genuine love for all people. Always a happy moment when I get a photo with you ~ Ala Moana Store Opening 2008 and NY Store Opening 2019. Rest well...

Ava Ohashi

Family Lunches

On all my trips to Seattle, one of my favorite spots to stop is the Nordstrom Grill at Store 1. The food is great, don’t get me wrong, but I love that every time I go there for lunch Mr Bruce was there with his wife and one (or all) of his sons. I loved...

The Footwear News Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018

This is a photo of 3 generations of the Nordstrom family celebrating Mr. Bruce being recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Footwear News Achievement Awards in NYC. This event is the Oscars of the shoe industry. It was a proud moment for all Nordstrom employees.The first time I saw Mr. Bruce was...

Highlight of my career

Jin Churchill, Nordstrom Event Director, with Mr. Bruce after the NYC Flagship opening on October 24, 2019