OBITUARY: Bruce David (Dave) Fessenden


Bruce David (Dave) Fessenden, age 90, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2023.

He is the son of the late Bruce and Margaret Fessenden of Candor, NY.

Upon his graduation from Duke University, he married the late Sharon Lee Olin on June 8, 1955. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 1957. He was employed by the Group Department of Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company from 1957 to 1965.

He served as an officer and stockholder of benefit consulting firms from 1965 to 2023. He was the founder and served as Chairman of, The Fessenden Consulting Group in Nashville, TN until his death. Dave is also a member of Generations of Grace Church in Lebanon, TN which is pastored by he and Grace’s daughter, Pastor Kathy Tack.

Dave is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Cardwell Hudson Fessenden (whom he married on March 17, 1977), his brother Doug Fessenden of Endicott, NY, and his son Bobby Hudson.

Dave’s children are Kim Fessenden (Mike) Moss, Goodlettsville, TN; Chris (Denise) Fessenden, New Market, TN; Craig Fessenden, Goodlettsville, TN; Mark Fessenden (Paul Spooner), Nashville, TN; Gary (Rhonda) Hudson, London, KY; Patti (Jeff) Orten, Bellevue, TN; and Kathy (Allen) Tack, Mt. Juliet, TN. Grandchildren are Matt Fessenden, Hannah Fessenden (Tom) Haarlander, Mattie Fessenden, Brandon Phelps, Emily Orten (Matt) House, Kelsey Tack (Weston) Altic, Ryan Tack, Andrew Hudson and Carly Hudson. Great grandchildren are Kai and Quinn Haarlander, Alaina and Easton Altic, and Hudson House. Also survived by sister-in-law Dottie Fessenden of Endicott, NY and Ellen Fletcher of Jacksonville, FL as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Sellars Funeral Home in Hendersonville, TN on October 28, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be a short period of time at the funeral service during which family and friends may share a favorite memory of Dave.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Dave’s church Generations of Grace Church, 1633 West Main St., #1100, Lebanon, TN, telephone (615) 547-4467, or his favorite charity, The Voice of the Martyrs, 1815 SE Bison Rd., Bartlesville, OK 74006, telephone (800) 747-0085,

Sellars Funeral Home at Hendersonville, 108 Monthaven Blvd. Hendersonville, TN 37075


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