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In Memory

Bruce Johnson

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12/10/15 01:37 PM #1    

Pamela Sonderland

Bruce passed away suddenly from a severe infection which caused kidney failure.  Bruce and I were married for 31 years.  Though we divorced in 2009, we remained good friends.  Bruce had a great sense of humor.  He was an accomplished wood craftsman and had his own handyman business.  I miss him and hope he is happy and content wherever he is.  Pam

12/11/15 08:25 AM #2    

Rory Hanna


Thanks Pam for the info on Bruce.  I have been thinking of him a lot since the message of his passing a few days ago.  We lived close to each other and carpooled a bit to school (with Bob Kirkham & Tom Lundy) and ran track together.  Actually, to be accurate, if we were running the 1/4 mile at the same time, I was watching the dirt flying up from his heels as Bruce could run like the wind!  Not seeing someone for 40+ years gives you the impression that they are the same as you remember them....and that's not all bad.

Rory Hanna


12/11/15 12:49 PM #3    

Pamela Sonderland

Rory - thanks for your kind words.  I remember you, Bob and Tom.  I agree that remembering someone as they were back in the day - is a good thing!  Take care.  Pam

12/11/15 03:10 PM #4    

Thomas Lundy

Yes,Thanks so much for your postings. I remember Bruce well. He was a fast quarter miler. I have fond memories of our track running and volkswagen car pool days. I hadn't been in touch with him for all these years but I shocked and saddened by his loss.

12/15/15 08:51 AM #5    

Mike Pringle

I was very sad to hear of Bruce’s passing.  Bruce had a great sense of humor and athletic abilities that left an impression.  When I think of Bruce I hear him exclaim “EIGHT DAYS” to express impatience with how slow something was happening or how long it might take, or “I LAFF” when he thought something was funny.  Yes, Bruce spelled it LAFF.  There may have been others in the day that said “Eight Days” or “I Laff”, but in my mind’s ear it is always in Bruce’s voice.

I also remember how Bruce ran.  I was too slow to compete in the quarter mile, so I had the privilege of watching Bruce run from the stands instead of watching from the back of the pack. It was a sure bet that Bruce would turn on the afterburners down the backstretch.  When he did, it was with the speed and fluid grace of a gazelle.  It was a beautiful thing.

Our paths did not seem to cross after graduation, but Bruce still keeps me smiling.  I hope he is still Laffing.

12/02/16 05:53 PM #6    

Beth Haley (Tesh)

To Bruce's family and Pam,

I'm sorry for your loss and wish you the best. I  remember him from school. He was so nice and friendly. The best to you at this time of sorrow.



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