Bruce Szeles

bruce szeles

Bruce Szeles died on November 8, 2022 after a 5-month battle with glioblastoma cancer. He was 63. Bruce became interested in film as a teenager. He would spend hours watching movies in the local theatres around Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was his lifelong dream to work in the film industry. He moved to Southern California in 1982 and attended El Camino College for two years and graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1986. Bruce was inspired by his LMU Jesuit priest professors who encouraged him to follow his interest in film production. He worked in post-production at Cimarron, Warner Brothers, and Fox over his 30-year career. He loved the film industry and was excited to dedicate himself to the long hours and the creative endeavors it offered.

Bruce lived his entire life in close proximity to the ocean, first the Atlantic and then the Pacific. He enjoyed surfing, cruising the Strand on his bike, and skateboarding. He learned and found a sense of community within his Bible study group in Palos Verdes and was a member of Saint James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. He was intrigued with local city politics and ran for Councilman in 2009. He enjoyed accompanying Cielo to her cheerleading competitions and Cienna to her Redondo Union HS Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (MCJROTC) activities. Bruce had compassion to assist less fortunate people in the South Bay purchasing meals for the homeless or directing them to mental health resources. His favorite activity was walking his dog through his Torrance Seaside neighborhood visiting with neighbors and their dogs along the way.

Bruce is survived by his wife Christine Canceran and daughters Cienna and Cielo, sister Sheri Szeles Brasher and husband Douglas Brasher, nephews Trey and Chase Brasher, stepfather James McMurray, cousins Robin Kasowitz, Karen Flannery, Lisa DeHart, and Steven Tobias.

In-laws: Christine’s parents Gertrude and Mel Canceran; sister and husband Carol and Joseph Ssentongo and nieces Susan and Sarah Ssentongo and nephew Ben Ssentongo; sister and husband Cindy and Todd Bealor and niece Jade Bealor; sister and husband Claire and Kimar Alarilla and niece Kaycee Alarilla and nephews Markie and Clarence; brother Gary Canceran.
The family dog, and his alter-ego, Sonny.
Bruce and his family were greatly touched by the outpouring of love and support from the Torrance Seaside neighborhood, PV Bible Study Group, the members of Saint James Parish, the staff at City of Hope Radiology Center, the Tele-Oncology Unit (Providence Little Company of Mary) and Providence Trinitycare Hospice. Their generosity and kindness were much appreciated.
Special thanks to family and friends who held us up during this challenging time. Caregiver Robert who was our angel.

The funeral will be held on December 8 at 2:00 pm at Saint James Catholic Church, 415 ½, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach, CA with a reception immediately following in the church hall.

Those wishing to honor Bruce, please consider a gift to Family Promise of the South Bay, 2930 El Dorado St, Torrance CA or Redondo Union High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (MCJROTC) Email: <> or Redondo Union High School, One Sea Hawk Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.



Memorial Service: December 8, 2022 2:00 pm

St. James Catholic Church
415 Vincent
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Reception / Repast: December 8, 2022 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

St. James Catholic Church
415 Vincent
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


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  1. candle 4So very sorry to hear our classmate passed. We are still young and vital and he left us too soon. A soccer player through high school and in a few of my classes I grew to know Bruce and his HS buddies. Very sorry to hear he made his transition so young. Rest in peace my friend 💚💚💚

  2. Sending our love to all of you during this most difficult time ❤️‍🩹
    Love from Rosie, Michael and family

  3. candle 2So Sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce, I remember him fondly from School. I was sad to hear of his passing & send prayers & strength to his whole family. RIP Bruce.

  4. candle 7Not to many like Bruce he was a man with conviction! I’ll miss our talks in the neighborhood while he was walking his dog. This is a huge loss to our neighborhood. My condolences to the family,RIP Bruce i will never forget you!

  5. candle 1I’m so very sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was indeed a ‘man with conviction’ who was a strong citizen-activist in Redondo Beach that made a real difference, even after he moved to Torrance. He gave people like me the same strength and conviction that helped us carry-on through many struggles. Bruce had a rare gift for not only spotting mis-truths in the public arena, but was not afraid to call it out even if he was the only one in the room that shared his view.

    I send my deepest condolences to his wife Christine and daughters Cienna and Cielon, and his entire family. Bruce will be missed by many and share in your grief.

  6. candle 1Dear Christine and family, Bruce was a dear friend and colleague from all the way back to Cimarron in 1989. He was a true-blue personality who was always there with an ear to listen when there were always plenty of problems to hear! Later, both at Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox, he and I always connected with a smile and his very first question was always: “Kev! How are you?” Not many people in Hollywood can compete with his sincerity. I am terribly saddened by this news and my prayers will continue for him, and his family. God bless Bruce, may he rest in peace.

  7. I’m saddened by the news of Bruce’s passing. I worked with Bruce at 20th Century Fox…. such a wonderful, kind man. I remember when his daughters were born… he was so very proud. I’m sorry for your loss… sending my love to his family.

  8. candle 1Very saddened by news of Bruce’s passing. We worked closely for many years at 20th Century Fox. Wonderful colleague and human being. My sincere condolences to his family.

  9. candle 7Rest in Eternal Peace my good and dear friend, Bruce!
    You were a wonderful human being, Executive and most importantly, an amazing FATHER AND HUSBAND. Thanks for guiding us all through so many films.

    Love you always,
    Tommy I.

  10. Sad to hear the news. Remember well Bruce as the younger brother who allowed us to hang out at his Ocean Township home with big sis, Sheri and their remarkable mom. Rest in Peace. My sympathies to his family.

  11. Dear Christine and family, I’m adding this rather late. I only just heard about Bruce’s illness and his passing. It’s been so long since I last saw him. We worked together at Warners. He was without a doubt one of the nicest, most generous people I’ve ever known. I was so fortunate to spend a few years working with him and enjoying his wonderful sense of humor. I’ve thought about Bruce a lot over the years. He’s hard to forget and will remain forever in my heart. Rest In Peace, Bruce!

  12. Dear Christine, Cienna, Cielo and family … I am only now learning that Bruce has passed and it breaks my heart. I cannot imagine the depth of your loss…even though I’m just a neighbor fortunate enough to have shared many smiles and conversations with him, Bruce’s passing brings profound sadness. I will continue to hold you all in my heart and prayers and hope that you feel his love and presence around you. I know he’s with God and will always be watching over you, loving you and cheering you on, especially his precious daughters. With much love and deepest sympathy, Key

  13. candle 8Thank you all for your love and support and easing our way! The last couple of months without a doubt were difficult. I am humbled and deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends and neighbors. I will never forget your kindness. Thank you so much for being a part of our journey. May God bless each one of you abundantly!

    Much love,
    Christine, Cielo and Cienna Szeles

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