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Class News 5/20/2016

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It is with a saddened heart I write to you to let you know that My Bruce passed away on April 20, 2018  I am sending his obituary write up. I am doing well and trying to take care of things that need done. Our friends here in Venice have been very supportive. This is going to be a strange life for me because I met Bruce when I was 17 yrs old. We were always friends. We didn’t start to date until I was almost 21yrs old. He has always been the wind beneath my winds. He let me Soar like an Eagle. I will be brave and be thankful for all the Great years we had together.  Sandra

Ward ( Bruce ) Brookshire passed away peacefully April 20, 2018 at the Venice Hospice House with is wife of nearly 50 years by his side. Bruce was born in Youngstown, Ohio March 29, 1941. He was the son of Monroe Fleming Brookshire and Lois Unger Brookshire. He graduated from Kent State University with a Business degree majoring in Marketing. Bruce was a member of the Army Reserves  348th engineering company pipeline construction and received an honorable discharge November 13, 1969.


 He married Sandra Whittle in June of 1968. After working 28 years at the G.M Lordstown, Ohio car plant he retired and moved to Venice, Florida. He would tell anyone that would listen that the 2 best things he did in his life was marry Sandra and move to Florida.  He was a humble man. He was intelligent, fun loving and enjoyed people. He enjoyed dancing at the South Venice Yacht Club, going to theater performances and making Sandra happy. He ran a golf group. The Brookshire Group for 14 years when health issues made him give it up.


Besides his wife, Sandra he leaves a sister, Diane Bodnark of Lexington, S.C. Nieces: Allison Martin of Lexington, S.C. and  Amy Hudgins of Ga. Nephew: Todd Bodnark, N.C  Sister in law: Midge Bennett of Ocean City, Md. Nieces: Bridgette Hearne of Fredrick, Md, Shanda Whittle of Royal Palm Beach, Mallie Adams of Bellevue, Ohio, Courtney Brink of Tiffin, Ohio, Kate Kennedy of Ellsworth, Maine, and Nicole Bennett  decease.


No services have been planned at this time. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to The South Venice Yacht Club, or Sparcc in his memory or Tidewell Hospice Venice for making his last hours the best they could be. To send condolences, visit:  www.The NeptuneSociety.com/obituaries.   click on Ft.Myers. to leave condolences..